Respiratory Therapy Technology (A.A.S.)

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy Technology

Program Overview

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy Technology provides students the skills to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care, therapeutic treatments, and diagnostic procedures. Respiratory therapists also provide complex therapy requiring considerable independent judgment, such as caring for patients on life support in intensive-care units of hospitals.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take national credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapists (CRT, RRT), Certified and Registered Pulmonary Function Technologists (CPFT, RPFT) and Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS).

Program Location Details

The A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy Technology is offered in collaboration with the Kent State Ashtabula Campus. Students will be able to take portions of their classes at the Kent State Geauga and Twinsburg Academic Center. Some of the program courses will be held at the Ashtabula Campus.

This Program Will Teach You

  1. How to demonstrate knowledge of respiratory care principles, current theories, and practices required of registered respiratory therapists as defined by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  2. How to utilize professionally fluent technical skills and procedures in current practices while working as registered respiratory therapists.
  3. How to express personal and professional ethics and behaviors expected of registered respiratory therapists in practice to obtain and maintain a positive impact in patient care and inter-staff relation.


The A.A.S. degree in Respiratory Therapy Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.