Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    2 years
  • Learning Environment
  • Financial Aid
    FAFSA Eligible
  • Certification Type
    Associate of Science

Program Description

The Respiratory Care program focuses on providing comprehensive care to patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary system disorders. Throughout the program, students will develop the skills necessary to perform routine therapies, including oxygen administration, lung inflation, and secretion management. Additionally, they will receive training in critical care modalities such as ventilator management, arterial puncture and analysis, neonatal and pediatric care, home care, sleep technology, hemodynamics, and ECG. Hands-on experience will be gained through laboratory training and clinical rotations in hospitals, labs, and home care settings.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), ensuring its adherence to high educational standards. Upon successful completion of the program and meeting the licensure requirements, students will be eligible to obtain a license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in the State of Hawaii. This licensure will authorize them to practice respiratory care and provide vital healthcare services to patients in need.

Degrees & Certificates

The Respiratory Care program is a 95-credit program, which includes 29 credits of liberal arts and sciences as prerequisites. Upon completion of the seven semesters of professional training, students will earn an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Care. The tuition for this program is $12,445.


Respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) have a wide range of career opportunities available to them. They can pursue rewarding roles in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, where they provide essential respiratory care services to patients. Additionally, RCPs have the option to work in home care settings, delivering personalized respiratory care to individuals in the comfort of their own homes. The versatility of this profession allows RCPs to make a positive impact on patient lives in various healthcare environments.

Learn more about Kapiʻolani Community College’s Respiratory Care Practitioner program