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Respiratory Care Program

This degree program is no longer open for enrollment.

Why Choose Respiratory Care?

Working as a member of the health care team, you will participate in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the heart and lungs. You will be prepared to give patients both emergency and long-term life support in a continually changing environment.

The areas of study are human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

Students have the opportunity to practice skills in a laboratory setting prior to clinical practicum experiences that will occur in a variety of health care settings.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates can take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Exam administered .

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include critical ventilatory management, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function testing, neonatal and pediatric respiratory care as well as home care. Prospects for the future are excellent. Growing attention to heart diseases and their cause, new developments in treating and preventing disease as well as an aging population promise to broaden the field and provide more job opportunities.


The Respiratory Care Program at Ferris State University,  CoARC Program # 200108, Associate of Applied Science degree awarded at the Big Rapids Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States.  To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes based' process.  Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

CoARC Program Outcomes