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, on-campus instruction and student support with the independence and flexibility of online learning. Hands-on training conducted on-campus and at clinical rotations at an approved site near you, prepare you with the working knowledge and skills you'll need to start your career in respiratory therapy!
- Program Length: 20 months
- Total Program Hours: 1932
- Quarter Credit Hours: 120
- Degree: Associate in Specialized Technology
- 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).
The Respiratory Therapy program at YTI Career Institute - Altoona has earned Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). 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 (https://coarc.com/students/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
Next Start Date:January 8, 2024
Enrollment is limited
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YTI does not require prerequisites to enter the Respiratory Therapy program but we will evaluate prior post-secondary education for credit transfer. Please see the school catalog for the transfer credit policy.
- Online, asynchronous classes for lecture and lab
- Students attend in-person learning two days per week, beginning in third term
- Labs will be conducted on campus
- Clinical rotations performed at an approved site near you
Asynchronous online study requires approximately 25 hours per week in terms 1-3 and 15 hours per week in terms 4-8. Students in Online and Hybrid programs must have fast, reliable internet. Students will be required to attend in person lab and clinical training. In person lab assignments are held in terms 3-7 and average 4 hours per week. Scheduled lab days will vary but will fall between Monday and Friday. If remediation is necessary, additional lab time may be required. Clinical assignments are held in terms 4-8 and average 12 hours per week. The day(s) of the week will vary but will fall between Monday and Friday. The amount of hours per day at clinical sites will vary and may include 6, 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts. Students’ specific schedules of lab and clinical rotations will be provided each term.