Associate and Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

The respiratory care degree at Kettering College is designed to prepare students to function with intelligence, skill, and responsibility in this specialty area. Following successful completion of the second year, students receive an associate degree and are eligible for credentialing examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

The associate degree program prepares graduates as competent advanced respiratory care practitioners. 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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 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's Associate of Science in respiratory care, call (937) 395-8601 ext. 55644 or email department chair Nancy Colletti

Questions about the Bachelor of Science completion in respiratory care should be directed to the B.S. in health sciences office at (937) 395-8601 ext. 55664 or ext. 55624, or e-mail Paula Reams.