Respiratory Therapy Technology


About the program

The Program – Respiratory Therapy Technology: Partnership Program at North Central State College and Rhodes State College

This is a partnership program between Marion Technical College, North Central State College, and Rhodes State College.  The program is designed to prepare students as competent advanced-level respiratory therapists who provide respiratory care for patients with heart and lung disorders, under the direction of a licensed physician.  Students in the program receive instruction in classroom sessions, lab practices, and field clinical experience.  The scope of practice includes general care, neonatal critical care, pediatric critical care, adult trauma care, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation, home care, education, and research.

The Partnership

Students can enroll at North Central State College or Rhodes State College while attending Marion Technical College (MTC) with the help of distance education formats such as live video teleconferencing, podcasting, and other distance modalities.  MTC students can take their general education core courses at MTC and become enrolled in the respiratory care program at either college with a reduction in travel due to the use of distance education.  Clinical education experiences may be available in the Marion area as well.

Degree option

An associate degree is awarded from North Central State College or Rhodes State College upon successful completion of the program.  Students are eligible to take the national board exams to become a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).  Both college Respiratory Care programs are fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).


Application Requirements - Limited Enrollment

To apply for acceptance into the Respiratory Care program, your application file should contain the following:

  1. American College Test (ACT) composite score of 18-21; other appropriate test scores/developmental coursework.
  2. A minimum 2.5 accumulative grade point average (GPA) for any previous college course work at the time of selection and matriculation.
  3. Must have basic computer skills prior to admission to the program. This can be satisfied through the successful completion of the Technology Skills Test (TST).
  4. Complete 16 hours of observation with a respiratory care practitioner in a hospital of the applicant’s choice. Appointments with the hospital are made by the applicant.
  5. Complete an interview with the Respiratory Care Program chairperson or director of clinical education.
  6. Results of a physical examination including laboratory tests and completion of required immunizations before actual clinical course work can be started. The Respiratory Care program also has technical standards for which all students must be capable of. These standards specify the skills necessary to participate in learning activities and professional practice.
  7. To meet the expanding requirements of our clinical affiliates, students will be required to submit to drug screening. Positive drug screens will result in dismissal from all clinical courses and consequently from the program.
  8. A Limited Permit from the Ohio Respiratory Care Board must be obtained. This process includes a criminal background check.  The Limited Permit must be maintained throughout to graduation.
  9. Complete an American Heart Association, BLS, Health Care Provider, CPR course prior to clinical course work. Must be maintained through to graduation.
  10. Complete a mandatory criminal background check. Anyone with a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors are at risk of being dismissed from the program. A positive criminal record may also prevent an individual from obtaining a license to practice.

If required, college foundation courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements.

Program Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Technologies Education Programs (CAAHEP). Inquiries regarding accreditation should be directed to:

The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021 (800-874-5615)

The program has been accredited since its inception in 1980.
Information subject to change without notice.

Qualification Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for all students, the following specific requirements have been established for Respiratory Care applicants, click here to view these requirements.