Respiratory Therapist Education

It is the position of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) that in order to prepare entry level respiratory therapists for clinical practice and to prepare clinical leaders for services requiring complex, cognitive abilities and complex patient management skills:

The AARC also encourages the development of accredited, advanced degree programs in Respiratory Care at the bachelor's, masters and doctoral levels; and encourages therapists to pursue such higher education as a means of expanding career opportunities and advancing the Respiratory Care profession.

Effective 1998
Revised 03/2009
Revised 04/2012