Respiratory Therapy

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Respiratory therapists play a pivotal role in pulmonary and respiratory health, providing patients experiencing breathing problems with care that saves and improves lives.

Patients in their care may suffer from a diverse array of health conditions, from the everyday to the extraordinary, like asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis, COVID-19, lung cancer, or cystic fibrosis. Whatever the underlying cause, the respiratory therapists' treatment is no less vital to the patient's wellbeing and quality of life.

The Respiratory Therapy, AAS program is offered through a partnership with Prince George's Community College (PGCC). This is a competitive admission program, with 25% of total program spots held for CSM students.

Students accepted to the program complete their general education courses and foundational health sciences coursework through CSM, with occupation-specific classes offered through PGCC.

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Respiratory Therapy, AAS


19% Projected Growth in Employment of Respiratory Therapists From 2019-2029 according to the U.S. BLS
$61,330 Median Salary for Respiratory Therapists in 2019 according to the U.S. BLS
DC Metropolitan area (Maryland, Virginia, and DC) is the fifth-largest growth area For respiratory therapists in the U.S.
93% Retention Rate Compared to the National Average of 91%

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation from Prince George’s Community College, students are prepared to take the Maryland Licensure Examination and the National Certification/Registry Examination.


The Respiratory Therapy program, CoARC program number 200228, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Public Information for Programmatic Outcomes Data is available online (

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