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Respiratory therapists are life support specialists concerned with managing, controlling and treating problems related to the cardiopulmonary system. Practicing under the direction of a physician, the respiratory therapist is responsible for providing all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. In addition, they consult with physicians and other members of the healthcare team to help develop and modify patient care plans.

The complexity of the respiratory therapist’s responsibility requires extensive training, dedication and professionalism. Respiratory Care takes place in such settings as intensive care units, the newborn nursery, surgical and medical units, emergency departments, outpatient departments, sleep laboratories, and home health facilities.

In addition to classroom learning, students enrolled in the Respiratory Care program gain hands-on experience while working in area health care facilities, under the supervision of qualified instructors. These clinical experiences teach students to apply their knowledge and skills in actual work environments.

Columbus State’s program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certification Examination for Entry Level Respiratory Therapists (CRT) and the Registry Examination for Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioners (RRT) offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care ( Graduates are eligible to become licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board ( In Ohio, licensure from the Ohio Respiratory Care Board is required for employment.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Respiratory Care, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to collect and evaluate patient data; and recommend procedures to obtain additional data
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly assemble, use and maintain respiratory care equipment using principles of infection control and quality assurance
  • Initiate, conduct, and independently modify prescribed therapeutic procedures and recommend modifications based on patient response
  • Demonstrate personal and professional behaviors required for successful employment.

Specific Respiratory Care Program Admissions Information

Requirements for admission to the Respiratory Care program:

  • Placement into MATH 1148 Elementary Statistics
  • Placement into ENGL 1100 Composition I
  • Placement into “No Reading Required” or completion of previous degree
  • NURC 1101with grade of “C” or above
  • Minimum Total GPA of 2.50 or above
  • Completion of the Health Occupation Basic Entrance Test (HOBET)
  • Completed health record on file in the Health Records Office
  • Students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen testing upon being accepted into the program. Acceptance is conditional until the background check and drug screening is submitted and cleared. Failure to complete this process by the deadline will result in loss of program acceptance. Students will receive instructions on the testing procedure upon acceptance into the program.
  • Admission to the program is competitive and based on a point system. Students receive information about the admission process at the mandatory Information Sessions.

All admission criteria must be met by Jan. 13 of application year.

Prospective students may obtain additional information at quarterly program information sessions. Contact Vincent Cocozza (T: 614-287-2521/E:

For additional information, please see the website at

Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases

Students in this program perform their clinical work on patients in health care facilities and may therefore be exposed to many types of communicable diseases and infectious materials. These are not limited to, but may include, hepatitis (A, B, C or D), HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, measles, German measles, and mumps.

NOTE: ALL students are required to have appropriate immunizations after they are admitted to the program (information is provided to all admitted students). Additionally, although all precautions are taken to minimize exposure and risk, there is always a slight possibility that precautions may fail or that a student may have an accidental exposure. All students entering the program must be aware of this slight, but real, potential risk. All students are encouraged to have personal health insurance in effect by the first day of class.

Respiratory Care Associate Degree

Semester 1

Course Name Credits
MATH 1148 College Algebra  4
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy  4
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology  2
RESP 1110 Introduction to Respiratory Care  3

Semester 2

Course Name Credits
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
CHEM 1113 Elements of Organic & Biochemistry  4
RESP 1220 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology  3
RESP 1230 Respiratory Pharmacology  2
RESP 1370 Patient Equipment I  1
RESP 1861 Introduction to the Clinical Experience  1

Semester 3

Course Name Credits
BIO 2215 Microbiology  4
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
RESP 1240 Patient Assessment I  2
RESP 1350 Respiratory Pathophysiology I  2
RESP 1862 Clinical Practice I  2
RESP 1360 Therapeutic Procedures I  3

Summer Semester

Course Name Credits
RESP 2442 Patient Assessment II  2
RESP 2452 Respiratory Pathophysiology II  2
RESP 2870 Clinical Practice II  2
RESP 2462 Therapeutic Procedures II  3
RESP 2472 Respiratory Equipment II  1
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

Semester 4

Course Name Credits
RESP 2890 Clinical Practice III  2
RESP 2530 Therapeutic Procedures III  3
RESP 2950 Clinical Practicum  2
RESP 2850 Practicum Seminar  1