Respiratory Therapy at Cleveland Clinic


Beginning in 2023, Kent State University at Ashtabula will offer the complete Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy degree program at Cleveland Clinic's main campus location in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  The program is designed to both provide access to participants to train for the in-demand and highly rewarding profession of respiratory care and to support the career ladder for program graduates and current practicing RTs with a pathway to admission in the 100 percent online bachelor's degree program.

Courses in the respiratory therapy program will be delivered live and remotely through online instruction by Kent State Ashtabula faculty. Laboratory instruction and clinical rotations will be completed at Cleveland Clinic facilities, where students will learn alongside the experienced RTs of the Clinic’s Respiratory Therapy Institute.  Prerequisite coursework can be completed through a combination of online or in-person classes through the Kent State system or credits can be transferred in from another institution.

Students can begin prerequisite coursework beginning in Summer or Fall 2022. The first respiratory courses will be offered beginning in Spring 2023.

Kent State Ashtabula respiratory therapy graduates have excelled at professional placement, with each member of the most recent graduating classes landing an RRT position prior to graduation. Those positions are in great demand for the foreseeable future, with 19 percent expected job growth between now and 2029. Median pay for RRTs is $62,810 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Respiratory Therapy Program accepts transfer students and coursework based on KSU’s transfer policies, however advanced placement in the Respiratory Therapy Program is not offered.

Program Features

  • Online options, flexible scheduling
  • Nationally recognized for credentialing success
  • All faculty are nationally accredited Registered Respiratory Therapists
  • On-Campus program that is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  • Financial aid, scholarships and tuition assistance programs available – including Cleveland Clinic employees seeking to further their careers

About the Respiratory Therapy Program
The Kent State University at Ashtabula Associate of Applies Science in Respiratory Therapy degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and has received the accrediting body’s Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award for three consecutive years. The program’s job placement rate, retention rate, employer satisfaction rate and student satisfaction rate all rank above the national averages.

About the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute
At Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute, we provide world-class patient care by combining our strengths in clinical care, research and education. With more than 170 pulmonologists, allergists/immunologists, infectious disease experts and critical care specialists, the Respiratory Institute staff diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of disorders in our outpatient offices, inpatient hospital floors, and intensive care units. We treat over 200,000 patients annually in our outpatient clinics and our Pulmonary program is ranked No. 4 in the country by US News and World Report.

Prospective Students

About the Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy program

Course Information and Roadmap

What is Respiratory Care?

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Tuition Reimbursement

The Kent State University Respiratory Therapy program, CoARC program number 300037, Associate of Applied Science degree at Cleveland Clinic holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 

Programmatic Outcomes

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.