Respiratory Therapy

Program Information

How long is the program?

The length of the program is 5 semesters or 2 years, and has 74 credits. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy.

When is the program starting?

San Juan College has received approval of its intent to establish the program at the School of Health Sciences. When the program receives the "Letter of Review" status from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the target date to start the program will be in February 2010. Interested individuals can list their names for updates on the program by contacting the department at 505-566-3851. Those interested should ensure they have the required prerequisites and other general education degree courses.

What does the program or curriculum consists of?

The first 2 semesters are foundations courses in preparation for the first clinical practicum in the third semester.

The first clinical practicum focuses on general diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The second clinical practicum provides clinical experience in emergency and critical care or ICU. The third clinical practicum focuses on neonatal and pediatric respiratory care.

Each clinical rotation consists of a minimum of 240 hours clinical experience to be completed at several clinical affiliates or hospitals. Three clinical simulation courses are to be completed at the Simulation Center. Each clinical simulation consists of 48 hours clinical experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 864 hours of clinical experience.

For more information, please call Paulette Stanley at (505) 566-3851. Or send an email to