Prospective Students

Description of Degree


The Respiratory Therapy professional program at Salt Lake Community College is an admission-limited, two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. Graduates of this program are eligible to become credentialed as National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certified or Registered Respiratory Therapists (CRT or RRT). These credentials allow therapists to become licensed to practice respiratory care in Utah, as well as throughout the United States and Canada.

The Respiratory Therapy program is admission-limited, meaning that through a competitive application process, one cohort of up to 25 students is admitted to the program per year. The start date for the program is the first day of classes of the SLCC fall semester.


Course of Study

Program Schedule

Students must complete specified prerequisite courses prior to admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Once admitted, the program comprises 51 credit hours that must be complete sequentially.

Classes are taught at the Jordan Health Sciences Building of the SLCC Jordan Campus. Specific class schedules will vary each semester; however, students should plan to attend classes during the day, three days per week, for approximately 4-8 hours of class time per day.

Students are required to complete a total of 500 hours of clinical experience during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters. Clinicals are 12-hour shifts and may be held days, nights, and/or weekends.

Clinical courses are taught at various clinical sites throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The program affiliates with Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah Hospital