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About our Respiratory Therapy
Associate Degree

SMCC’s Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty involved with the evaluation, treatment, management, diagnosis and preventative care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. Respiratory therapists are the healthcare professionals who care for people with breathing problems. Respiratory therapists treat and work with people of all age groups, including premature infants, children, adults and the elderly.

Currently there are numerous opportunities within the state of Maine and beyond to work as a respiratory therapist. As a valued member of the healthcare team, you can choose to specialize in areas such as general patient care, critical care, home care, pulmonary diagnostics, sleep medicine, neonatal intensive care, patient education and more. Respiratory therapists are employed in hospitals, long-term care centers, home care companies, doctors’ offices, sleep clinics and pulmonary function labs.

The SMCC Respiratory Therapy Program is run in close cooperation with clinical affiliates, including Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Portland; St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston; Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford; Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick; Maine General Medical Center in Augusta; and Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire. The program maintains accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

SMCC has a transfer agreement with the University of Southern Maine in Health Sciences, providing respiratory therapy graduates the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree.

To explore the Respiratory Therapy profession, visit the American Association for Respiratory Care website. To learn about credentialing visit the National Board for Respiratory Care website.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Licensed Practitioner of Cardiopulmonary Disease Management

Continue Your Education

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab with a grade of C or higher 
  • College Algebra or higher with a grade of C or higher
  • Attend an Info Session

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Accreditation, Outcome Data & Licensure Information


SMCC’s Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). 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. View our programmatic outcomes data (please note our program ID is, 200288).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
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Telford, TN 37690 USA
(817) 283-2835

Program Goals

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT’s).


SMCC’s Respiratory Therapy program is designed to meet all  Maine state licensure requirements. A complete analysis of all states licensing requirements has not been performed at this time. If you intend to seek licensure outside of Maine after finishing this program, we recommend that you contact the licensing agency directly before beginning the SMCC’s program. View the State of Maine Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners webpage.

Out-of-State Licensure Information

If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Additional Admissions Requirements:

Please note that our Health Sciences programs have additional requirements.
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Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Heather Higgins, 207-741-5592 or

A three-credit class averages


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