Are you a problem-solver who’s also compassionate, sensitive and personable? Are you ready for a fast-growing health career?

If so, take a look at El Centro’s Respiratory Care Program.

What Does a Respiratory Therapist Do?

Respiratory therapists (also called respiratory care practitioners) provide hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions that affect the lungs. Whenever breathing is an issue, respiratory therapists are there. They specialize in treating people with diseases such as asthma, emphysema, heart disease and more. Respiratory therapists also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock. They work in almost every area of health care, with patients ranging from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients with diseases.

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2024. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop are in health care occupations.

CareerOneStop projects positions for respiratory care technicians to increase by 31 percent through the coming decade. Respiratory therapists rank 11th of its top 100 fastest-growing jobs requiring at least an associate degree.

Respiratory therapists are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ 2017 top local job openings, showing 1,600 job openings.

See more about careers in Respiratory Care.

Degrees or Certificates in the Respiratory Care Program

El Centro College

El Centro College is the only college in DCCCD to offer the Respiratory Care program with the

Program graduates may sit for the entry-level certified respiratory therapist credentialing exam and the advanced practitioners’ registered respiratory therapist exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit

Ready to take the first step toward your new career?