Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

Get the Skills to Begin a Career as a Respiratory Therapist in as few as 20 Months

Respiratory Therapy is one of the most dynamic and technology driven career choices in healthcare. As a Respiratory Therapist your responsibilities in the clinical setting may include analyzing a patient's lung function, performing arterial blood gas analysis to determine levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide and performing chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their condition.

The YTI blended learning experience combines qualified instruction and student support with the independence and flexibility of online learning. Following online training, your clinical rotations in approved hospitals, long term care facilities and clinics can prepare you with the working knowledge and skills you'll need as an important part of any medical team.

Fast Facts

  • Program Length: 20 months
  • Total Program Hours: 1932
  • Quarter Credit Hours: 120
  • Degree: Associate in Specialized Technology
  • Total cost: $37,076 (Includes tuition, supplies and fees)
  • Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Our team will work with you to determine what you’re eligible for and how to pay for school.
  • National Board for Respiratory Care test prep (first test fee cost included!)
  • Career opportunities: Nursing homes, hospitals, rehab centers, etc.

Respiratory Therapy Program Goal: 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).

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COARC Accredited

The Respiratory Therapy program at YTI Career Institute - Altoona has earned Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program that has been granted initial accreditation has demonstrated continuous compliance in accordance with the Standards following submission of a continuing self-study report and completion of an on-site visit as required by the CoARC Board. YTI Career Institute-Altoona's Respiratory Therapy program is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and graduates are eligible to sit for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Initial Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program. Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, Programmatic Outcomes Data (

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.

CoARC Program Number 200608

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: March 21, 2022

At YTI Career Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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  • 100% online for lecture and lab
  • Clinical rotations performed at an approved site near you

Respiratory Therapy instruction in terms 1 through 3, all is accessed online using the LMS in an asynchronous modality. Students should expect to spend an average of five (5) hours per day, five days per week, engaging in online instruction, and an additional three to five hours per day in reading, homework, activities, online discussion boards and simulations. Terms 4 through 8, all didactic instruction is assessed online an average of fifteen hours per week, Monday through Sunday, with an additional 10-15 hours per week of homework and other online assignments. Clinical rotations and supervised lab instruction will be completed at approved clinical sites. Clinical assignments for Term 4 will be a minimum of six hours per week between Monday and Friday, and for Terms 5-8, a minimum of 12 hours per week between Monday and Friday.

Course Listings

RTDE 1110 Medical Terminology
RTDE 1120 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
GSDE 1854 Student Success Seminar
GSDE 1843 English Composition
GSDE 1898 Computers in Health Care
GSDE 1713 Algebra
RTDE 1210 Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals I
RTDE 1220 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology I
RTDE 1230 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology
RTDE 1240 Applied Respiratory Sciences I
GSDE 1827 Psychology
RT 1335 Clinical Respiratory Care I
RTDE 1340 Applied Respiratory Sciences II
RTDE 1350 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
RTDE 1310 Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals II
RT 2435 Clinical Respiratory Care II
RTDE 2420 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology II
RTDE 2440 Dynamics of Mechanical Ventilation
RT 2535 Clinical Respiratory Care III
RTDE 2540 Pulmonary Diagnostics
GSDE 1886 Medical Law and Ethics
GSDE 1860 Professional Development
RT 2635 Clinical Respiratory Care IV
RTDE 2640 Pulmonary Rehab and Home Health Care
RTDE 2610 Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals III
RTDE 2620 Entry Level Exam Preparation
RT DE2710 Advance Clinical Theory Overview
RTDE 2720 Advanced Exam Preparation
GSDE 1885 Critical Thinking

Why YTI?


At YTI, you're taught by instructors who have actually worked in the field - so you benefit from their real-world knowledge.


Job Placement Assistance
While employment is not guaranteed, our Career Services Department networks with prospective employers to match businesses that have employment needs with YTI graduates suited for those positions.


YTI Career Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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