Would you like to make a lasting and meaningful difference by helping care for patients with lung or heart disorders? As a respiratory therapist, you will evaluate, treat, and manage patients with respiratory problems and other cardiopulmonary disorders under medical supervision. Respiratory Therapy is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions. If you’re good with math and science and like working with technology, this may be the career for you.

An associate degree in respiratory therapy from San Juan will prepare you for this exciting career. Our mission is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.  You will acquire skills in

  • Patient assessment and clinical data evaluation
  • Blood gas analysis and pulmonary function testing
  • Therapeutic techniques, pulmonary rehabilitation and home care
  • Emergency and critical care management

While most respiratory therapists work in hospitals, you may prefer working in patients’ homes, medical equipment supply companies, or skilled nursing facilities.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The CRT is a primary requirement to obtain a state license to practice in New Mexico.

Attend an Infosession to learn about the Respiratory Therapy Program

April 1, 2016 @ 10 a.m. Room 3402

Life and Breath Video

Learn more about the profession of respiratory care by watching a video by the AARC organization.

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Respiratory Care Accreditation LogoSan Juan College has been notified that its Respiratory Therapy Program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of November 21, 2015 by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  It is important to note that the program continues to maintain its current accreditation status.  Enrolled students completing the program under Probationary Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program. The San Juan College Respiratory Therapy Program has submitted the required documentation to the CoARC, and is actively working with the commission to rectify the deficiencies. The program is scheduled for a status review, November  of 2016.

Questions concerning the Probationary Accreditation status can be directed to the program director (Karen Tuohey), or you can contact the CoARC directly using the following contact information.

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

2016 Graduation Year
Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate # of Students who took the NBRC exam # of Students who passed the NBRC CRT Exam
11/8 73% 8* 8