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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Respiratory Therapy

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Petitioning for the Fall 2020 Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Neurodiagnostic and Surgical Technology programs reopened on April 6, 2020. All requirements and petitioning paperwork that would normally have been submitted in-person will now be accepted via a new email address at [email protected].

The mission of the Delaware County Community College/Crozer-Chester Medical Center Entry-Level Respiratory Therapy Program is to provide a curriculum where students can develop the competencies and skills essential to deliver safe, effective respiratory care in a variety of health care settings. The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares allied health specialists for the management, treatment, testing and care of patients with breathing abnormalities.

Upon completion of the two-year program with a grade of C or better in all respiratory therapy courses the degree of associate in applied science is awarded. The graduate is immediately eligible for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, the graduate is eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Exam. When both sections are successfully completed, the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential is awarded. These exams are administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

After completion of the A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy, it is highly recommended that graduates continue their education at a four-year college or university to obtain a Bachelor's degree. There are several local universities that accept transfer of Respiratory Therapy credits. Please visit the College's Transfer Office web page for more information.

Program Details

Respiratory Therapy, Associate in Applied Science


The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), P.O. Box 54876, Hurst, Texas 76054-4876, 817-283-2835. To view the accreditation data for the program outcomes, please visit the Programmatic Outcomes Data page.