Respiratory Care involves the treatment of those with asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiolitis, lung injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory-related ailments. Those trained in the field evaluate, treat, monitor and aid in the prevention of many breathing disorders.
Kapi‘olani Community College is one of many accredited two-year Respiratory Therapy programs across the nation and the only program in the state. Through programs like these, students learn the technical training needed to work in the field and are well-prepared to earn the credentials of a Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapist. UH West O‘ahu’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree, with a concentration in Respiratory Care, is designed to supplement the technical training that a student receives in an accredited associate degree Respiratory Therapy program. Students develop job skills that are needed to excel in the industry, such as critical thinking and communication skills. The program also exposes students to the historical, cultural, and social context of the profession. In addition, courses in research and contemporary health care issues expand the depth in the students’ applied health sciences knowledge base. UH West O‘ahu courses are delivered both in-class and through distance learning instruction.