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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. 

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:

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.

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. Nearly 250 private and transfer scholarships
  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

Macomb has teamed up with Burning Glass Technologies to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the careers that you will be qualified for upon successful completion of this program.

Job-posting data can give you insights about employers seeking job applicants, where those jobs are located, and the average salary being offered. Use the Career Insights Tool to see national, state or metropolitan area information.

Data are provided by Burning Glass Technologies and drawn from large area samples. Data are not drawn from Macomb Community College-specific student or program outcomes.



Career Services

Macomb’s Career Services is your bridge from education to employment. It offers a variety of free resources, including skill and interest assessments, resume building, success workshops, job placement and more.

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. Macomb Community College’s  CoARC Program Number is 200071.

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

The goal of the Health and Public Services Division is to prepare every student to think critically and practice competently and compassionately in rapidly changing environments. All efforts are designed to build knowledge, enhance practical skills, and promote patient and the population’s safety. Furthermore, the program is designed to foster professional integrity and ultimately improve the health outcomes and protection of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care and practice. Students must possess certain functional abilities, essential for the delivery of safe, effective clinical care and protection of the public during clinical and internship training activities in the field. Therefore, the faculty has determined that certain technical standards are required for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Health and Public Services (HPS) programs.

In addition to classroom learning, clinical and internship learning occurs throughout the HPS programs and involves considerations (such as patient and population safety and clinical and internship facility safety) that are not present in classroom accommodations. Applicants or students interested in HPS programs who seek accommodations prior to or immediately after enrolling in the college are highly encouraged to also request an assessment of the types of reasonable accommodations needed for the clinical and or internship components of the program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities: (1) observation;
(2) communication; (3) motor skills; (4) intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities; (5) essential behavioral and social attributes; and (6) ability to manage stressful situations. Individuals unable to meet these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation will not be able to complete the programs and are counseled to pursue alternative careers.

SPECIAL SERVICES STATEMENT: Students may individually discuss the essential functions and technical standards with a college counselor from our Special Services department. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1991, academic accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented disability.

For further information, visit Special Services.

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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