As a Respiratory Therapist, you will use a variety of sophisticated equipment and techniques to measure how a patient's lungs and circulatory system are working in order to evaluate and monitor a patient's respiratory health. Doctors and nurses rely on Respiratory Therapists' specialized knowledge in areas such as use of oxygen and oxygen mixtures, and aerosol medications.
You will work with a variety of patients, from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed, to elderly people who suffer from injury, severe illness, emphysema, chronic asthma, and other diseases. The other health care professionals on your team, as well as your patients, will depend upon you daily for the information you gather and the technical expertise you bring.
At GCC, you can complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree Program (A.A.S.) in Respiratory Care in as little as two years of full-time study, or you can choose a more flexible part-time class schedule for a large part of the curriculum. After passing the National Board Examination, you will be able to move into the workforce.
GCC began the Respiratory Care Program in 1995 and is fully accredited by CoARC, the Committee for Accreditation of Respiratory Care. Our classroom and laboratory facilities are the best in New York State, providing an exciting learning experience.
The program occupies its own wing which contains a laboratory that looks like a hospital room, with working piped in oxygen and compressed air. The equipment is up-to-date, with educational grants and donations continuing to bring in modern equipment. This will allow you to be prepared with a working knowledge of the equipment you will use in your first work experience.
GCC is located half way between the major Western New York cities of Rochester and Buffalo. Because of our location, you will have access to over 20 different clinical sites, assuring the most complete clinical education in the area. In our program, you will complete almost 900 hours of clinical experience.
GCC graduates are prepared to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials. These credentials qualify graduates to apply for a state license to practice Respiratory Therapy. The program utilizes approximately 30 different clinical rotations in western NY and the majority of graduates are offered jobs at these locations upon graduation.