Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care


The respiratory care degree is designed to prepare students to function with intelligence, skills, and behaviors of a registered respiratory therapist through various technical courses and clinical experiences. These experiences include cardiopulmonary assessment, basic care in oxygen, aerosal, hyperinflation, bronchial hygiene therapies, critical care, physiologic monitoring, caridiopulmonary diagnostics and rehabilitation, home care, as well as perinatal and pediatric respiratory care.

The religion, humanities, social sciences, math, and sciences courses assist the student to develop an understanding of self, the environment, and one’s relationship to life and service. In addition, the respiratory care student will study the expanded therapist’s role in the health care system including research, leadership, management, and education.  

For respiratory therapists with an associate degree completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree provides additional training in respiratory care, as well as advanced skills, knowledge, and values that expand the therapist’s role in the health care system. This is accomplished through the various technical courses offered. In addition, the respiratory care student will draw from the arts and sciences courses, which help the student develop an understanding of self, the environment, and one’s relationship to life and service.



Respiratory care is one of the most rapidly growing and challenging specialty areas in the allied health sciences. The primary purpose of respiratory care is to aid the physician in the diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with lung and/or heart disease.

For more information about respiratory care as a career, check the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site.


Kettering College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, approved by the Seventh-day Adventist Board of Regents, and authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Kettering College respiratory care department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835. For further information regarding the Kettering College respiratory care program outcomes data, please visit the CoARC website.


If you have questions about Kettering College respiratory care, call (937) 395-8601 ext. 55644 or email department chair Nancy Colletti