Respiratory Therapy Degree

The A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy is designed for students who wish to become respiratory therapists, offering emergency and immediate relief to patients who have trouble breathing, including from chronic respiratory disease such as asthma or emphysema, a blocked passageway or other life-threatening experiences such as heart attacks, drowning or shock. It is a health care specialty that focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Specialty areas include working with newborn infants, children, transport teams, rehabilitation, research, education and management. Graduation from this program ensures eligibility to take national certification and registry exams by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The Entry-Level Certification Exam by the NBRC is required for Oklahoma Licensure for new graduates. Once the student has passed the NBRC exam they may apply for a state license in any of the 50 states according to that specific state's guidelines. It is recommended to review the state guidelines for the state in which you desire to practice.


Eastern is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Program data will be made available at www.coarc.com.

1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244

CoARC Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status includes attrition, job placement and success on the credentialing exam. Eastern's outcomes data will be included in the CoARC report as it becomes available.

Professional Licensure Requirements Disclosure

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Admission Process

The application period for the Respiratory Therapy program is March 1-May 15. Applications are available online (pdf) or at the McAlester campus. Completed applications and all requested documents must be returned to the McAlester campus by May15. All applicants are notified of their admission status by mid-June and accepted students begin the year one of respiratory therapy coursework in August. Students in the program must complete courses listed in Program Requirements and Support Related Requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in each course in order to receive the A.A.S. degree. Respiratory Therapy majors may begin their general education and science prerequisites during any semester. Visit the Admission to Respiratory Therapy webpage for more information.

Scholarship Opportunities

A college degree is an investment in your future. There are many lifelong benefits of a quality education that exceed the initial costs involved. Tuition and fees at Eastern Oklahoma State College are among the lowest in the nation. Plus, Eastern offers a variety of institutional scholarships for students who demonstrate high academic qualifications and financial need. Federal and state financial aid and grant opportunities are also available to help fund your education.

Contact Information

Peggy Spears
Respiratory Therapy Program Director

Richard Walker
Director of Clinical Education

Mandy Roachell
Administrative Assistant to the Health Sciences Division
and Behavioral & Social Sciences Division