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Respiratory Therapy

Become a Respiratory Therapist

We are in the business of preparing some of the best Respiratory Care Practitioners in the nation.

The field needs motivated people who

  • want to help others as a health care provider
  • are mechanically inclined
  • have solid communication skills
  • think clearly under stress

Degree & Certificates

Associate in Science Degree

NEW! Certificate of Achievement

What is Respiratory Therapy?

Our two-year Respiratory Therapy program can prepare you for employment in the exciting high-tech health care field of respiratory care.

Respiratory Therapists manage the ventilation of critically ill patients as well as provide acute and chronic care to patients with pulmonary disease.

Most work is performed in the hospital environment. Program graduates are allowed to take all national board exams. The Foothill College Respiratory Therapy Program has an excellent pass record for national board and state licensure examinations.


Respiratory therapists can specialize their work

  • Hospital staff respiratory therapist
  • Respiratory therapy management
  • Respiratory therapy education
  • Pediatric or neonatal respiratory care
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Cardiac stress testing
  • Bronchoscopy assisting
  • Emergency respiratory care
  • Respiratory therapy home care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

Career Opportunities

The Foothill Respiratory Therapy Program prepares you for entry-level positions in the field, as a registry-eligible graduate therapist.

  • Jobs include hospital staff respiratory therapist and independent home care respiratory therapist.
  • Average salaries for San Francisco Bay Area Therapists in May of 2011 were approximately $80,000 - $90,000 per year.
  • The average starting salary range was $34 to $36 per hour. Shift differentials and job duties can raise these salaries.
  • Therapists can choose to specialize in newborn, pediatric or adult intensive care depending upon where they are employed.
  • With experience, supervisory and educational opportunities are available.

Learn More!

If you are interested in becoming a respiratory therapist, learn more about our program at Foothill.


Application Process

Respiratory Therapy Quick View
Program: Respiratory Therapy
Degree/Cert: AS/Yes
Length: 2 years
Start/End: Sept/June
Number Accepted: 30
Application Window: October 1–April 30
Application Due: April 30
Prerequisites: Yes — See application.
Approx. Cost of Program: $4,500
National Lic./Cert.: Yes
State Lic.Cert.: Yes
Est. Annual Salary: $75,000-$100,000
Admissions and Records Office

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Admissions and Records Health Careers Support


Building 8100

Office: Building 5200, Room 5211 
Brenda Hanning, RRT, RCP
Program Director
Phone: 650.949.7466
Ram Subramaniam, Division Dean
To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
Biological & Health Sciences Division

Download 2017 CTE Licensure Pass & Placement Rates