UC Clermont

Respiratory Care


Why study Respiratory Care?

Respiratory Care — the evaluation, treatment and care of patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders — is a crucial function in modern health care. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. Respiratory therapists also provide complex therapy requiring considerable independent judgment, such as caring for patients on life support in intensive-care units of hospitals or providing home care for patients on ventilators and life-support systems.

Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. They provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

Therapists’ tasks are expanding into areas such as pulmonary rehabilitation, smoking cessation counseling, disease prevention, case management and polysomnography (the diagnosis of breathing disorders during sleep, such as apnea). Respiratory therapists also increasingly treat critical care patients, either as part of surface- and air-transport teams or as part of rapid-response teams in hospitals.

At the end of your first year, you may apply for a student license to practice respiratory care in the state of Ohio while finishing your degree program. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams. After passing the board exams, graduates may apply for a state license which allows them to function as a therapist limited only by the scope of practice prescribed by the authorizing state.

For more information on certification and registry, visit the National Board for Respiratory Care website.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Respiratory Care Program

Since we are an open access college, you will be admitted to the college when you apply, but your admission into the respiratory care program does depend on your completion of the additional admission requirements. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the respiratory care program.

Applicants should have:

  • a high school diploma or GED
  • completed high school biology and chemistry within the past six years with a grade of C or better (applicants without this background may take college-level science courses before applying to the technical core).  See an Academic Advisor for appropriate college-level courses.
  • have an overall gpa of 2.75 or higher
  • test into college level reading, writing, and algebra or statistics (as determined by the placement test)

After we receive your application to the college, all your transcripts and placement test scores, we will review your file. The college will notify you of your admission status and assign you an advisor. You must meet with your allied health advisor before registering for classes. Please call 513-558-8317 or email clermont.advising@uc.edu to schedule your appointment.

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Admission Process

All students applying to Clermont College who are interested in respiratory care will be admitted to the college as pre-respiratory care majors.  Admission into the respiratory care program requires a separate application submitted between January 1 and February 15 of every year. If you miss the February 15 deadline, or if you need to take college-level science courses to become eligible for admission to the respiratory care program, you may still apply to the college and be admitted to our pre-respiratory care major. You can then complete your science courses, take your electives and apply to the respiratory care program during the next application period.

The program admits up to 25 students each fall semester.  Admission is selective, based upon pre-determined criteria.  Please see your allied health academic advisor for complete information regarding this process. Once admitted into the respiratory care program, you will be required to submit a physical examination, TB test and proof of current immunizations.  You will need both CPR certification for Health Care Providers and a background check before you can begin the program.

The respiratory class sequence starts each fall semester and continues for five semesters including one summer term. The respiratory care courses are offered during days, Monday through Friday. (Many non-respiratory care classes are offered in the evenings, on Saturdays or online.)

Please Be Aware If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, especially if it involves abuse of alcohol or controlled substances, you may be disqualified from licensure.  If this applies to you, please discuss your personal situation with the respiratory care state licensure board that governs the state in which you will work.  Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana all require background checks as part of their standard licensing application process (For Ohio, please contact the Ohio Respiratory Care Board in Columbus, Ohio, (614) 752-9218).

In order to be successful in the Respiratory Care Program, all students must be able to perform, or learn to perform, the essential functions listed below. Students who are not capable of performing, or do not demonstrate that they are effectively performing these essential functions in the classroom, lab, or clinical setting will not be permitted to continue in the Respiratory Care Program.

The following essential functions are required of all students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program.  Respiratory therapists are responsible for the care of patients, some critically ill.  RTs often use highly technical life support equipment, and often make decisions that can have an effect on patient outcomes and safety.

Professional Qualities:

  • Punctuality and dependability:  Maintain attendance and punctuality for class and clinicals.  Finish tasks completely and timely.
  • Demonstrate neatness and good hygiene. 
  • Only use a cell phone when not in class or patient care areas
  • Comply with rules, laws, policies of the college and clinical affiliates
  • Use proper etiquette for the situation
  • Preparedness: arrive to class and clinicals with everything needed/required to learn and care for patients
  • Honesty, integrity, ethical behavior, caring, and sensitivity in all dealings with peers, faculty, staff, and patients.
  • Initiative: think and plan ahead, anticipate future needs, take advantage of opportunities, and “jump in” when appropriate
  • Adaptability to new and changing situations, often involving high stress
  • Use effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills.  Use proper non-verbal communication (body language, tone, facial expressions).  Give full attention to others, listen and take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and avoid defensiveness and interrupting.
  • Use effective conflict management skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively work with and provide quality care for patients of different culture, age, gender, and disabilities.
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.  Work effectively with physicians and other health care professionals as a member of a health care team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and make decisions
  • Demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families, other healthcare professionals, classmates and college faculty, and those affiliated with off campus college activities.   
  • Never participate in harassment or bullying of any kind.
  • Demonstrate behavior that contributes to the learning environment.  Behaviors of any kind that inhibit or disrupt the learning environment, on campus or at off campus sites, will not be tolerated.
  • Transfer knowledge from the learning environment to the clinical setting
  • Accept constructive criticism, feedback, and guidance
  • Never breech patient confidentiality (HIPAA) in any setting (hospital, class, home, etc.).
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making: Consider the relative benefit/risk of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and practical use of the English language for learning, documenting, and communicating.
  • Critical self-reflection/self-monitoring: Undergo regular assessment of one’s own attitudes, behaviors, performance with the aim to improve on each
  • Emotional Stability: provide patients with emotional support, adapt to changing environment, deal with patients and families in crisis (death & dying), focus attention to the task at hand, cope with own emotions, cope with emotions in others (e.g. grief, anger).   Remain calm to perform and prioritize multiple responsibilities.
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking: remember, process, and interpret information from multiple sources, analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data, evaluate outcomes, problem solve.

Respiratory Therapists and therefore RC students must be able to work with the following:

  • Mechanical, electronic, and computer skills are required in classroom, lab, and clinicals.
  • Blood and body fluids, needles.  Some may be infectious
  • Various types of equipment to perform patient therapies and diagnostics.  Life support devices
  • Electronic medical records

The physical demands of a Respiratory Therapist and RC program students:

  • Spend much of the day traveling between patient rooms, various patient care areas, and the respiratory care department.
  • Move and position bedridden patients which can include lifting, pushing, pulling, and bending.
  • Perform physically demanding procedures such as chest physiotherapy and BLS.
  • Possess sufficient auditory perception to hear patients and staff, use devices such as a stethoscope, and respond to alarms.
  • Possess sufficient visual acuity so as to accurately measure medications, read patient records, evaluate information displayed on patient monitors, and make observations of patients as required for respiratory care.
  • Manipulate small pieces of equipment and perform complex skills such as arterial punctures, airway management, and endotracheal intubation.





The graduating class of 2017 saw 100 percent of students find a job within six months of graduation. Their employers rated them as satisfactory in all areas of review. One-hundred percent of this class passed the Therapist Multiple Choice Board Exam. This exam is one of the tools used by our accreditors to evaluate our program. This class also has a 100 percent pass rate for the Clinical Simulation Exam, which confers the title of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Respiratory care is an excellent, constantly growing and changing field. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that respiratory care is one of the fastest-growing careers in the health care field, expected to grow 23 percent through 2030.

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience. We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.    Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call 513-558-8317 to schedule an appointment.

UC Clermont students have access to free tutoring and academic support services through a collaboration with UC’s Learning Commons. The Learning Commons provides centralized academic support for all University of Cincinnati students by bringing together faculty, best-practices in teaching and learning, and hundreds of outstanding peer educators to create flexible academic success programming. Free services available to UC Clermont students through Learning Commons include academic coaching, success skills workshops, and tutoring in writing, math, science and more. Services are available on-campus Monday-Friday from 9-2 or virtually Monday-Thursday 9-8 and Friday 9-4.

Academic Writing Center (AWC) - The AWC can help with any writing assignment for any course and at any stage of the writing process. The AWC is not course-specific and can help with discipline-specific documents, as well as non-course-based writing. Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a trained writing tutor or submit a paper online for feedback within 48 hours.

Math & Science Support Center (MASS) - The MASS Center offers virtual study tables for many undergraduate mathematics and science courses. Study tables provide a collaborative learning space so that students can learn from their peers who have excelled (the table leader) as well as their fellow class members attending the study table. No appointment is necessary for these scheduled group study sessions.

Peer Tutoring - Peer tutoring sessions are one-on-one with a subject-specific tutor to answer questions in more than 200 undergraduate courses including subjects such as math, science, languages, business and writing. Schedule appointments up to 7 days in advance for one-hour, 90-minute or two-hour session. If you notice your desired course is not offered, please let us know.

Academic Coaching – Academic coaches help students get organized and learn to be efficient and effective with their study time during one-on-one sessions. Academic Coaches work with students on new strategies or exercises to try before the next meeting and later meetings allow tailoring new approaches to develop the best study and test taking habits for unique goals and strengths. Schedule one-hour sessions as often as once per week.

Success Skills Workshops – Success Skills Workshops are free one-hour sessions that focus on skills students need to be successful in college (study skills, note-taking, motivation, etc.). While there is no shortcut to success, the goal of the workshops is to empower students to identify and apply academic habits and soft skills through a deeper understanding and purpose of them. When students RSVP for a workshop, they will be able to register for the upcoming workshops one at a time and up to nine days prior to the workshop date.

Pre-College Math Tutoring - Pre-College Math Tutoring Services helps students succeed in Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029), Fundamentals of Algebra (MATH 0030), Introductory Algebra (MATH 0031) and Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034). Group study sessions, individual tutoring or email tutoring are available. Information is provided in the course syllabus to help guide students to the study group sessions for that course. Math Learning Resources by math topic that include short instructional videos and worksheets are available on the UC Clermont Learning Commons website.

Preparatory Composition – Students enrolled in UC Clermont Preparatory English (ENGL0099) courses have dedicated support from professional tutors. Information about these services and how to connect with the tutor is included in the course syllabus.

Math for Science Students Workshop – Designed for students enrolled in entry-level biology and chemistry courses, these workshops cover foundational math concepts that students need to success in their science courses. The synchronous online workshops are led by a UC Clermont professional tutor on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The workshop repeats each week starting the week before classes begin and continuing through week 3 of the semester.

Math Placement Test Workshop - Offered to prospective and current UC students who want to brush up on their math skills before taking the Math Placement Test. The free synchronous online workshop is led by a UC Clermont professional tutor. The three-week workshop series is offered monthly except in January. It is recommended that students sign up for all three weeks to get the maximum benefit from these workshops.

In order to graduate from UC Clermont, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 20 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline

We accept transfer applications all year long, and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.


Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

You must also meet all first-year admission requirements.

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details or email with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

You should plan to start respiratory care in the fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Respiratory Care program is a consortium program offered by both UC Clermont College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Our program was granted continued accreditation in 2018. We were granted a 10-year accreditation with no deficiencies noted.

Our program number is 200260.

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.  Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • Three-year time period being reported;
  • RRT credentialing success;
  • Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam (beginning 2018);
  • Retention (Attrition);
  • Job placement;
  • Overall Graduate Satisfaction;
  • Overall Employer Satisfaction;
  • Total number of program enrollees;
  • Total number of program graduates;
  • Maximum Annual Enrollment.

For more information visit:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Programmatic Outcomes Data


Contact Information

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 558-8316

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