Skyline College Healthcare Program Presents: All healthcare open house
(No need to RSVP, just join us if you are able!)
Thursday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m.
Skyline College Building 7, Room 7104
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, California 94066
A respiratory therapist is a licensed health care professional who cares for patients
with heart and lung problems; this can include providing oxygen therapy, pulmonary
medications, diagnostic testing, life support and mechanical ventilation. Respiratory
therapists care for a variety of patients, from newborn infants in respiratory distress
or children with asthma or pneumonia to victims of trauma or older patients with emphysema
or heart failure.
To succeed in Respiratory Care, individuals must employ strong problem-solving skills
when evaluating patients’ symptoms and should be detail oriented to ensure patients
receive the appropriate treatments. Interpersonal skills, compassion and patience
are also needed to succeed in the field.
The Respiratory Care Associate Degree at Skyline College
The Respiratory Care Program at Skyline College is an accredited two-year program
that provides the instruction and clinical practice needed to be a successful Respiratory
Care Provider. Students will learn from dedicated instructors who have practical experience
in the field and gain valuable hands-on experience through over 800 hours of clinical
exposure and practice coordinated with sites in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.
The program offers an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Care which allows
a graduate to become a licensed Certified Respiratory Therapist and also affords the
opportunity to attain a higher level of credentialing (Registered Respiratory Therapist)
Skyline College offers a 4-year Baccalaureate Degree in Respiratory Care.
Most respiratory therapists participate in three phases of patient care: diagnosis,
treatment and patient management. While many respiratory therapists work in hospitals,
some work in nursing care facilities or travel to patients’ homes.
Demand for respiratory therapists is high, and employment is expected to grow 19%
over the next decade according to the U.S. Department of Labor thanks in part to a growing aging population. In California, respiratory therapists
make an average of $75, 870 per year and in the San Francisco Bay Area specifically,
therapists can make an average of $90,230 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Respiratory Care Program at Skyline College is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Program outcomes data can be found at http://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx.
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competency in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor
(skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as
performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of degree requirements, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate competency in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains
of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
- Obtain the RRT credential.
- Obtain gainful employment as a Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP).