Program Description

Respiratory Therapy

Students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., may complete their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Three primary factors make Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for you to receive your respiratory care training:

  • The breadth of respiratory conditions and care procedures you'll experience
  • The large volume of patients requiring respiratory testing and therapy
  • A diverse and highly educated faculty committed to your success

The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care at GateWay Community College is a two-year academic program designed to prepare students to become entry-level respiratory care therapists.

Clinical experiences are offered at Mayo Clinic Hospital, part of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.


GateWay Community College's Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in conjunction with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated Institution

To participate in the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Respiratory Care Program clinical rotations, you must be enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program at the following affiliated academic institution:

For more information or to enroll in the Respiratory Care Program, please contact GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.


Mayo Clinic's inpatient care facility — Mayo Clinic Hospital — and its Emergency Medicine team administer respiratory testing and respiratory care therapy to thousands of patients each year.

For example, a typical year at Mayo Clinic Hospital includes:

  • Nearly 2,400 days of mechanical ventilation
  • More than 21,500 patient days of oxygen therapy
  • 31,000 bronchodilator treatments
  • Nearly 560 bronchoscopy assists
  • Insertion of 450 arterial lines and monitoring of 2,300 patient days of arterial pressures
  • Insertion of more than 500 peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC)
  • More than 5,400 patients treated by the Respiratory Consult Service

Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where advanced programs in medical research and education support the highest-quality patient care.

Scottsdale Campus is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Scottsdale Campus offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry and surgical research.

On the Phoenix Campus, the state-of-the-art 205-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital, which opened in 1998, is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo. It has been recognized as "the Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine.

The respiratory department at Mayo Clinic Hospital was recognized as the Arizona Society for Respiratory Care (AzSRC) "Department of the Year" in 2002 and 2003. It also has received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 and 2004.

Graduation and Certification

When you successfully complete the Respiratory Care Program, you will receive an Associate of Science degree from GateWay Community College and a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Graduates of the GateWay respiratory care program are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) certification and registry examinations. State licensure information is available from the Arizona Board of Examiners for Respiratory Care.


For the majority of the clinical rotations, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, two days per week.

Class Size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences hosts 12 students in the respiratory care rotations. This ensures you will receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

June 02, 2016