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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

In Macomb’s Respiratory Therapy Program, you will spend the first year on Macomb’s Center Campus, taking lecture and lab courses. You will learn about oxygen therapy, resuscitation and airway management, and how to draw, analyze, interpret and evaluate arterial/venous blood-gas and electrolyte data for the development of a treatment strategy.  You will study the different types of mechanical ventilation and their effects on the infant, pediatric and adult patient. In the second year of the program, you will put the knowledge and skills you learned into practice during clinical internships conducted at hospitals and sub-acute care facilities. 

Outcomes Data* from 2017 CoARC Annual Report of Current Status (RCS) for entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice Programs

100% 98.7%

*Program outcomes data which includes, attrition, job placement,  Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) success, Registered Respiratory Therapist ( RRT) success, overall graduate satisfaction, overall employer satisfaction, and on-time graduate rate for Macomb Community College may be viewed at the following site:

The data there is from a 3-year rolling average.

Respiratory Therapy Program Goal Statement: To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Respiratory Therapy

  1. Prepares you for National Board for Respiratory Care licensure exams
  2. More than 190 private scholarships, several for health care students
  3. Access to job placement through Career Services

Respiratory Therapy Courses at Macomb

  • General Microbiology or Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Human Physiological Anatomy
  • Clinical Cardiorespiratory Physiologic Anatomy
  • Physiochemical Basis of Respiratory Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy Procedures 1 & 2 Lecture & Laboratory
  • Cardiopulmonary Pathology
  • Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care
  • Clinical Internship 1-5
  • Mechanical Ventilation Lecture & Laboratory
  • Acid-Base Electrolyte Balance & Advanced Diagnostics
  • Advanced Concepts in Respiratory Care

Career Opportunities in Respiratory Therapy

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy, you will be qualified for a position as a respiratory therapist.

Transfer Pathways

The credits earned in Macomb’s Respiratory Therapy Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and across the United States.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.


The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 264 Precision Blvd., Telford, TN 37690.  CoARC’s phone number is 817.283.2835.

How do I find out more about the Respiratory Therapy Program?

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy Program at Macomb, contact Dr. Richard Zahodnic, 586.286.2033.

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