Associate of Applied Science
in Respiratory Therapy

respiratory therapy group

Respiratory Therapists (RT) deal with one of the critical life-sustaining functions of the human body – breathing! You will work with patients who have been diagnosed with disorders ranging in severity from the non-acute and chronic lung diseases to life-threatening emergencies. You may treat newborns, trauma victims, drowning victims and patients suffering from asthma, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, emphysema and pneumonia.

RTs work under the direction of a physician, primarily in hospital and clinical environments. You will also find RTs working in:
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Sleep Laboratories
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Asthma Education Clinics
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Air and Ambulance Transport
  • Case Management Programs
Students must complete prerequisites courses with a "C" or better and take a standardized Allied Health admission test before they can be admitted. Final selection will be made by the RT faculty and an advisory selection committee. Selection criteria are available within the application packet. Applications are available from March 1st to July 1st.
The NorthWest Arkansas Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX  76021-4244
Phone: (817) 283-2835

Format and Location

Required courses are available in-person on NWACC's main campus in Bentonville or its outlying centers in Springdale and Farmington. Courses are also available in a hybrid format (both in-person and online), providing you the convenience of learning when and where you want.
Classes specific to the Respiratory Therapy program will be taught inside the Center for Health Professions on NWACC's campus in Bentonville.
*delivery options will vary by semester
For more information on the Respiratory Therapy program, contact Michelle Frazier, RT Program Director, at (479) 619-4252 or