Respiratory Therapy

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Pittsburgh Career Institute offers achievement-oriented individuals the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy in as little as 23 months. Our goal is to help those who want to become Respiratory Therapists to acquire the education they need for a lifelong career in the field.

Throughout this program, instruction will include:

  • Respiratory Care Planning
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Aerosol Treatments
  • Mechanical Ventilation Management
  • Respiratory Therapy Equipment Knowledge
  • Home Care Services
  • EKGs
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
  • Much more

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum includes lecture, didactic, and clinical applications. Students attend clinicals during their didactic courses, which begins following the first 30 weeks of instruction. This section requires competencies, logs, and evaluations to be completed by students.

Program Goals

All graduates of the PCI Respiratory Therapy Program are expected to meet the following core competencies:

  • Qualified to begin in an entry-level Respiratory Therapist position
  • Model the values and ethics of a Respiratory Therapist
  • Able to utilize technology and information resources appropriately
  • Effective communicator with patients, their families, and team members
  • Able to work collaboratively with other health professionals and physicians

By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge in:

  • 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
  • Allied health sciences including communication skills, medical law and ethics, physics, chemistry, and microbiology

Potential Places of Work

Upon graduation, those who have worked diligently, attended class and successfully completed their clinical externship should be prepared to take their National Board Exam for credentialing. Upon earning a passing score, graduates will be qualified to seek entry-level employment at a variety of facilities including:

  • Hospitals
  • Acute Care Facilities
  • Infant & Pediatric Facilities
  • Sleep Disorder Centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Transport teams
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation centers

*PCI cannot guarantee employment or salary.


Download the Respiratory Therapy Program Handbook.


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 are reported on the CoARC website, which is available by selecting the Programmatic Outcomes Disclosure link below, or by visiting the CoARC link below.


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