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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care practitioners are active in patient care. With a physician’s supervision, you’ll be at the heart of diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventative care in patients with cardiopulmonary problems.

Study respiratory care at a college that knows hands-on experience is the best way for you to learn. With our joint program with WellSpan York Hospital, you’ll get a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical work as you learn how to treat and manage emergency and chronic cardiopulmonary situations, such as heart failure, asthma, emphysema, premature birth and more.

Everyone from premature babies to the elderly have a need for respiratory care, leading to an ongoing demand for respiratory therapists; we have a strong record of job placement for our graduates. It’s a career with a lot of variety as well, as you can work anywhere from a hospital or rehabilitation center to retirement centers, patients’ homes, doctor’s offices and more. You’ll be able to choose a specialty in your last year of clinical. The Baccalaureate of Science Respiratory Care Program (CoARC# 210273) at York College of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( Read our outcomes report where you’ll see we top dozens of other schools in job placement and on certification testing.

Respiratory Care is all about hands-on learning and at York College, that starts from day one. Download a transcript of this video.
Respiratory Care Clinicals

Hands-On Experience

Students gain experience through our clinical practice courses. With the help of clinical instructors, students are taken into patient care areas. During this time, students apply their knowledge to actual patient care situations. During the senior year, students get an opportunity to choose a specialty clinical rotation. Rotations include, but are not limited to:
  • Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Trama/Surgical Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine
  • Open Heart Intensive Care, Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Home Care and Equipment, Pulmonary Physiology Testing
  • Sleep Study

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
Respiratory Care
Tony Ruppert, Program Director
Wellspan York Hospital, 1001 S. George St.
Phone: 717.851.2464
Contact for appt.

Learn more about York College's Respiratory Care program from the WellSpan Health website.  

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