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Respiratory Care


Beginning with the Fall 2013 program ( 2/28/13 application deadline), all prerequisite courses must be complete at time of application. For questions regarding the application/enrollment procedures, please contact the Health Occupations Department at 879-4310.

Welcome to Respiratory Care

An exciting career awaits you in Respiratory Care. This is an Allied Health profession where practitioners care for people with heart and lung diseases. Our scope of practice allows us to care for all ages of the population, ranging from newborn to the elderly.

O2 analyzerJob activities range from patient education, pulmonary function and other diagnostic testing to the performance of emergency life-sustaining procedures and the initiation of mechanical ventilation. Students in the Butte College Respiratory Care program are given "hands-on" clinical training in both laboratory and clinical settings and are exposed to the latest technologies in respiratory care.

The demand for the services of the respiratory professional remains high, and the rewards of the profession are endless. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade, primarily because the aging baby boom generation will increase the number of older people, who tend to suffer the most from respiratory conditions like pneumonia and COPD and who often have respiratory complications due to heart disease and other common diseases of aging.

brentButte College offer a two year Associates Degree program in Science in Respiratory Care. Our program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and has been in existence seen 1968. Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the CRT & RRT exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
We have had a 100% job placement rate for graduates of our program. Our program faculty is committed to providing a quality education that is student centered and focuses on success. Make Respiratory Care your choice for the future and let Butte College provide you with the education you need to become successful respiratory care practitioner!


Butte College Respiratory Care Program Goals

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).  To provide our service community with adequate numbers of qualified Respiratory Care graduates to meet the current and burgeoning needs of the industry.


Mission Statement:

 To prepare competent, safe, and knowledgeable Respiratory Care Practitioners ready to assume patient care responsibilities in all the different settings where respiratory therapy is practiced. To provide our service community with adequate numbers of qualified Respiratory Care graduates to meet the current and burgeoning needs of the industry. 

The Butte College Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

Helpful Links:

National Board of Respiratory Care

California Society of Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Board of California

CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

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