Respiratory Care student in lab

Respiratory Care Frequently Asked Questions


It will take two years. All courses are taught in sequence and are prerequisites for the subsequent courses.

The director of clinical education assigns the students to hospital rotations. Each semester the students submit requests for clinical placement and the director tries to place the students in a preferred facility. Since all clinical spots must be filled, a student may be assigned to a site not listed among his/her choices.

Yes, you will. Successful completion of the entry-level credentialing examination (Certified Respiratory Therapist) is required in order for you to apply for the license from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

 The program does not guarantee employment: however, the market has much opportunity for full time, part time, and per diem positions at this time. Many of our students are offered positions through experiences from their clinical rotations.

No. Classes and clinicals must be taken and completed in sequence. Both class course work and clinicals are prerequisites for subsequent courses.

Most students do have some type of employment while they are in the program. Students are encouraged to keep their hours of employment at a level that will allow them to successfully complete the program. Please know that you will not be able to work overnight shifts before your clinical assignment.

Yes. Please visit the Financial Aid office at the college. Also, there are scholarships available through several professional groups. The students must submit applications for these scholarships and, in some cases, write an essay.

 No. First-year students do not have clinical rotations in the first semester of the program.

 No. The college provides malpractice insurance for the students. The fee for the insurance is paid with tuition for fall semester each year.

Currently, CoARC , our accrediting body, allows us to accept up to 32 students each Fall semester. Please note that we begin students in the Fall of each year and that our admissions must align with the number of available clinical seats available.

 Yes. Our program currently has two articulations to a Bachelor degree. One is a 3+1 through Concordia for a BA in Healthcare Administration Degree and the other is a 2+2 through NIU (Northern Illinois University) Bachelors of Science. In addition, other schools may accept the Gen Education credits earned at COD.

CRT is the entry level credential for the field of Respiratory care. Everyone entering the field must become at minimum a certified respiratory therapist. The CRT credential is obtained by passing the TMC (Therapist Multiple Choice) examination following graduation from COD. To become a RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist), students must pass the TMC at the high cut threshold which allows them to sit for the second exam, clinical simulations. Passing the clinical simulation exam will secure the RRT credential.

Check with your community college. You may be eligible for a tuition charge-back. This allows you to enroll in the program for in-district tuition. If you work full time in DuPage County, you may also be eligible for a charge-back.

We require a GPA of 2.75 from general education courses or better on a scale of 4.0.

We have students in our program whose ages range from the late teens to the mid-50s. It depends on the individual.

Although we do recommend that all general education courses are completed prior to application to the program, Math and Science are the only two that must be completed to successfully apply to our program.

No. Our credentials are accepted nationwide. You will, however, need to apply for a license in the new state. Most states accept your credentials from the NBRC in lieu of taking a state licensing examination. 

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