Orange Coast College's Respiratory Care program fulfills its educational requirements for specific professional licensure from the Respiratory Care Board of California. These educational requirements apply to all modalities in face to face lectures, laboratories, distance education, and clinical rotations.

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Program Summary

Respiratory Care is an allied health specialty dealing with the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with acute and chronic diseases affecting the pulmonary system. Respiratory Care Practitioners/Respiratory Therapists work in all areas within the hospital, especially within the critical care areas with patients who are in a life-threatening phase of their illness. Additionally, some Respiratory Care Practitioners/Respiratory Therapists work with home care agencies to treat patients in their homes. Duties include analysis of pulmonary function and arterial blood gases, life support ventilation, CPR, assessment of pulmonary status, airway care, plus other related duties. Specialties in Respiratory Care include adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric critical care, pulmonary function testing, home care and rehabilitation, management, and education.

The Respiratory Care program at Orange Coast College is a two-year Associate in Science Degree program beginning each fall semester. The student must complete General Education requirements and program prerequisites prior to entering the program. Courses within the program include lectures, skills application of procedures and techniques in a laboratory setting on campus, and approximately 1000 hours of clinical practice. Clinical practice is within area hospitals performing the latest procedures in medicine. There is also a series including discussions with physicians.

Accreditation of Program

The Respiratory Care Program at Orange Coast College is fully accredited by:




Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Program #: 200136

Degree Awarded: Associate Degree upon completion of program


CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data Information webpage:

View Programmatic Outcomes Data

"CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes based' process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented."


Orange Coast College Accreditation

Orange Coast College is accredited by ACCJC, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions. Visit ACCJC



Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
10 Commerical Blvd., Suite 204
Novato, CA 94949


The Respiratory Care program at Orange Coast College is fully accredited. Program graduates are eligible for California legal certification (licensure) (RCP) and Certification (CRT) and Registry (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care. 

The employment outlook for Respiratory Care Practitioners/Respiratory Therapists is very good throughout the United States. Most graduates obtain jobs within the Orange County/Long Beach areas.

Nation-wide program analysis data prepared by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for the Annual Report.