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Respiratory Therapy




The Respiratory Therapy program at Pittsburgh Career Institute is designed to prepare students with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs)  in a variety of health care settings.

Upon completion of the Respiratory Therapy training program the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as respiratory therapists, as well as show the technical proficiency and the professional behavior consistent with employer expectations.  The core curriculum is structured to include a lecture component, a laboratory component, and an integrated clinical component.  The final clinical portion of the curriculum consists of supervised experiences in a clinical environment, which requires competencies, logs, and evaluations completed by the student.  At the conclusion of the program, graduates who have diligently attended class and their clinical, studied, and practiced their skills should have the skills to seek entry-level employment as respiratory therapists.


All graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Program of Pittsburgh Career Institute are expected to meet the following core competencies:

  • Qualified to begin contemporary practice in the career of their choice
  • Models the values and ethics of their chosen professional role
  • Able to utilize technology and information resources appropriately
  • Effective communicators with patients, their families, and team members
  • Able to work collaboratively with other health professionals and physicians

Upon completing the Respiratory Therapy training, graduates will have demonstrated satisfactory knowledge in the following core didactic areas:

  • Basic human anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Health and safety regulations and standards
  • Pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Aerosol treatments
  • Lung expansion procedures
  • Bronchial hygiene procedures
  • Management of mechanical ventilation

They will also have demonstrated satisfactory knowledge in the areas of General Education, Respiratory Therapy and Allied Health Sciences including: communication skills, medical law and ethics, physics, chemistry, and microbiology.


Download the PCI Respiratory Therapy handbook at this link.


The Respiratory Therapy AST degree program is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website, which is available by selecting the CoARC link below.



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