Respiratory Therapists, also known as Respiratory Care Practitioners, provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems. Respiratory therapists administer oxygen, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manage mechanical ventilators, administer medications, monitor cardiopulmonary systems and measure lung function. Respiratory therapists treat all types of patients: premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed, elderly patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care for heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock. Respiratory therapists work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct care to children and adults. (Source: American Association for Respiratory Care, Careers, What Is An RT?.)

Work settings include acute care hospitals, newborn intensive care, emergency departments, air and ground transport, rehabilitation centers, long-term acute care facilities, and home health agencies.

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic cardiopulmonary knowledge in respiratory care.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical skills in the practice of respiratory care.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in respiratory care.
  4. Pass the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple-Choice Self-Assessment Examination (TMC-SAE) and NBRC Clinical Simulation Self-Assessment Examination (CSE-SAE) exams to achieve graduation.
  5. Qualify to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) exam.

Our Healing Arts Lab provides opportunities to practice patient care safely, using proper equipment without fear of real life consequences. This unique, state-of-the-art center specializes in interactive learning through the use of life-like scenarios, computerized mannequins, and hands-on, practical learning to simulate hospital, clinical, and long-term care settings.

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The Salt Lake Community College Respiratory Therapy program holds provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC; #200630).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021
Phone: 817-283-2835
Fax: 817-354-8519

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practices as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Upon completion of the Respiratory Therapy program, you should have the skills and knowledge needed for board exams; TMC (Therapist Multiple Choice) exam (entry level), WRRT and/or CSE exam(s) (Registered Respiratory Therapist). Exams are administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). Listed exams are required for employment, along with licensure to practice respiratory therapy (Source:


Program Contacts

For program and admission information or questions, contact the Academic/Career Advisor below.

Academic/Career Advisor

Angela Harvey
Jordan Campus
Phone: 801-957-2689
Email: angela.harvey

Program Coordinator/Associate Professor

Brandon Andersen, BS, RRT
Jordan Campus
Health Sciences Building Rm 104 J
Phone: 801-957-6403