WellSpan/York College Respiratory Care Program

WellSpan/York College Respiratory Care Program

Academic Requirements

Program Flexibility

All of the respiratory therapy courses must be taken in sequence. (Failure or incompletion of a respiratory course will delay the respiratory therapy education by one year). The program also requires that the students attend summer sessions. However, there is some flexibility in the progression of the liberal arts and basic science courses. It is possible to pursue parts of the program on a part-time basis.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from respiratory therapy classes, laboratories, and clinical experiences. Students must abide by agency parking restrictions. The clinical courses may not be scheduled according to conventional semester scheduling and may include clinical scheduling during evenings, nights and weekends.


Programs of Study

The Respiratory Care Programs prepare the student for a professional career as a respiratory care practitioner (RCP).


Respiratory Therapist

A respiratory therapist delivers services such as administration of medications and humidity, providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, training patients in self-care skills, administration of oxygen, testing of lung functions, and helping patients breathe with the aid of mechanical ventilators.

Students who complete either of the programs at York College are eligible for the certification examination, administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), to become Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT). The certification exam is often referred to as the entry-level exam. Most states require that graduates pass this exam before they are eligible to work in the field of Respiratory Care.

Students who complete either of the programs at York College are also eligible to take the registry examination, administered by the NBRC, to become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).


Elective Information

Students are free to choose electives as they wish. Electives may be used to fulfill requirements toward a minor degree. The following are suggested areas of study for those not pursuing a minor who desire appropriate coursework which will be an asset in Respiratory Care:

  • Computer Science: IFS105 or others
  • Gerontology: GER410 or others
  • Language—Spanish for the Healthcare Field: SPN107 (previous Spanish knowledge is required)
  • Statistics: BEH260
  • Selected Health Information Management courses

SPECIAL NOTE: Students interested in pursuing a masters degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Healthcare Management may be able, with careful planning, to complete both the B.S. Respiratory Care Program and the masters in Business Administration Program in five years. Electives could be used toward the degree. If interested, please contact the Business Administration Program to see how this could possibly work out with your schedule.


For More Information

Qualified applicants may contact Mark Simmons, MSEd, RRT-NPS., RPFT, Program Director, Respiratory Care Program, York Hospital at (717) 851-2464 or  or Jim Heindel, BS, RT, Clinical Coordinator, Respiratory Care Program, York Hospital at (717) 851-2944 or  .

Admission Office
York College of Pennsylvania
Country Club Road
York, PA 17403
(717) 849-1600 or (800) 455-8018 

Respiratory Care National Organization:
American Assoc of Respiratory Care (AARC)
9425 N MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 243-2272

Respiratory Care Examination Board:
National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
18000 W. 105th Street
Olathe, KS 66061-7543
(913) 895-4900

Although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we will not be held responsible for errors. The material presented is subject to change without prior notice.

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