Respiratory Therapy

A boy being given an oxygen mask

Respiratory therapists treat people with breathing issues such as asthma, emphysema, or any chronic respiratory disease that affects their health. An articulated degree with Pickens Technical College in respiratory therapy allows a CCA student to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to become a registered respiratory technician.

What to Expect

At CCA, a student can take general education classes, then continue at Pickens Technical College to take the required 53 credits of Respiratory Care Certificate classes for a total of five semesters. At this point, the student receives his or her A.A.S. from CCA, and is eligible to take the NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist Exams (RRT).

General Education requirements are to be taken at the Community College of Aurora to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree. If a student chooses, he or she can transfer their degree to Metropolitan State University of Denver to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Management. The program length at Pickens is 21 months. This does not include the CCA component.


  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Prior to participating in clinical rotations, students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check, drug screen and show proof of specific immunizations
  • Must possess and be able to show proof of current CPR certification
  • Purchase of approved scrubs, required textbooks and supplies

English Competency – must display one of the following:

  • Successful completion of ENG 0092 (with C or better) or equivalent assessment scores
  • English ACT of 18 or SAT of 440
  • Successful completion of ESL 0043 & 0053 coursework
  • College degree of AA, AS or higher
MAT 11140 Career Mathematics 3 credits
ENG 1021  English Composition 3 credits
PSY 1001  General Psychology 3 credits
CHE 1011  Introduction to Chemistry I with lab 5 credits
BIO 2101  Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credits
BIO 2102  Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits
BIO 2104  Microbiology 4 credits
Total Credits 26 credits

Students must complete the prerequisite courses needed for the 26 credit hours of general education courses at CCA. 

Respiratory Therapy Info Session:

TBD at Pickens Technical College, Building B, Room B118


Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) 


Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.


A student who obtains an AAS in Respiratory Therapy degree from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human respiratory system.


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