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Completion of the Respiratory Care Program is approximately 21 months. Attendance is full-time, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Care Program, you will receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science degree, which will allow you to sit for the entry level (CRT) and advanced (RRT) national respiratory therapy examinations.


The Respiratory Care Program is in the process of seeking its Initial Accreditation (Provisional Accreditation) from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The program is on track with the accreditation process and is in good standing with the CoARC.

Prerequisites and college support courses

(Please see Olive Harvey Catalog for complete descriptions and availability)

Chemistry 121 - Basic Chemistry 1
Chemistry 100 - Basic Chemical Applications
English 101 - Composition
Biology 116 or Biology 226 and 227 - Anatomy and Physiology
Biology 120 - Medical Terminology
Math 118 or higher

Associate Degree Required Courses
(These courses can be taken prior to or during the Respiratory Care Program)
Computer Information Systems 120 - Introduction to Microcomputers
Physics 221 or Physical Science 112
Humanities / Diversity Elective
Social and Behavior Science Elective


College Courses will be held at:
Olive Harvey College
10001 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60628-1696

Phone 773.291.6100

Respiratory Care Courses will be held at:

Advocate Trinity Hospital
2320 East 93rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60617

Phone 773.967.5320

Clinical rotations may be held at any of our 14 clinical affiliates. The clinical rotations are conducted in acute care hospitals, sub acute centers, long term acute care, home care, pediatric hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

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