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.

San Juan College Respiratory Therapy program and the University of Cincinnati have joined in a Transfer Articulation Agreement for students completing the San Juan College Respiratory Therapy program. After completing the two-year program here at San Juan College, transferring credits to the University of Cincinnati is a great way to finish a four-year program and get your Online Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy.

The articulation agreement offers guidelines to make transferring course credit between the two-year Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy degree and the University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree a straightforward process. If you meet the University of Cincinnati admissions criteria, you have a general guarantee of admission.

For specific program details and admissions criteria please review the Transfer Articulation Agreement.

For questions and to apply contact the Office of Advising and Academic Services at the University of Cincinnati by phone at 513.558.8556 or by email at cahs.advising@uc.edu
Visit the University of Cincinnati Online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program website to review  details.

Attend an Infosession to learn about the Respiratory Therapy Program

March 30, 2018 10 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. and April 11, 2018 @ 10 a.m. or 5:00 p.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 Respiratory Therapy Program has been granted Continuing Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The Program was reviewed by CoARC and deemed in compliance with nationally established accreditation standards. CoARC will conduct the next comprehensive evaluation of the Program in 2027.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
P.O. Box 54876
Hurst, TX 76054-4876
(817) 283-2835

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating # of Students who took the NBRC exam # of Students who passed the NBRC CRT Exam
2016 11/8 8* 8
2017 16/11 11 11
2018 12/

Program results from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) can be found online at http://www.coarc.com/