About Our Program

Do you like the idea of being a part of a dynamic team that makes critical decisions for patients? Then check out HFC's Respiratory Therapist program!

The Respiratory Therapist program is designed to provide you with with the skills you need to assess, gather data, make decisions and provide recommendations to physicians for respiratory patient care in a variety of clinical settings.

By the time you finish our program, you will have the scientific and professional knowledge necessary to make clinical decisions, effectively communicate with patients, physicians, and other medical personnel, and gain entry-level employment as a Respiratory Therapist.

HFC's Respiratory Therapist program is highly respected and recruited from in the State of Michigan, receiving Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success awards from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and achieving an overall job placement of 100% for graduates actively seeking employment.

Our curriculum is designed to prepare you with the skills needed for immediate professional placement through a blend of foundational classroom learning and hands-on lab and clinical experience. You will have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art laboratory simulation stations to practice using professional equipment and delivering patient care. You will also gain real clinical experience by rotating through various clinical sites, including general floor, intensive care, pediatric, and neonatal units.

Our program also provides you with opportunities for professional networking. Each spring, you will attend the Michigan Society for Respiratory Care Conference (MSRC), where you can speak with Respiratory Therapists from across the state.

Interested in our Program?

  • 8.1% job growth

    Job growth expected from 2016-2025 locally.

  • 24% more jobs locally

    Job number for Respiratory Therapists in 2016 is 24% greater locally compared to the National average.

  • Valuable Clinical Experience

    Rotate through clinical sites, including general floor therapy, intensive care units and specialty rotations, which include pediatric and neonatal care and pulmonary function.

  • patient simulation stations to gain hands on experience
  • $26.11 hourly wage

    Median Hourly wage for local Respiratory Therapists.

  • Networking Opportunities

    Students attend the Michigan Society for Respiratory Care Conference (MSRC) each spring where they have the ability to network with Respiratory Therapists from across the state.

Featured Courses


Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.
Name Credentials Email Phone
Kim Najarian
FT Faculty - Respiratory Therapy
A.S., Mercy College of Detroit; B.S., Mercy College of Detroit; M.A., Central Michigan University* knajarian@hfcc.edu 313-317-6812