Breath is life. Respiratory therapists provide critical care for patients who have problems with breathing, from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs, to adults and seniors with lung disease or illnesses. If your goal is to serve others in a clinical setting as a vital part of a health care team, consider earning your degree in Respiratory Care through OCC Career Advantage. We offer a two-year Associate of Science degree program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (Coarc). Respiratory therapy is an important, growing field in health care, and respiratory therapists are in demand and earn good wages: The median income in California for respiratory therapists is about $59,700. Read on to learn more.
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Did you know?
Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Earn an associate degree, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in respiratory care.
In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement
Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization
Or earn your
in under 4 years
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