Average Annual Respiratory Therapist Salary in Hawaiʻi


  4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

  Respiratory Care Practitioner

  (808) 734-9000

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Program Director:

  Robert Vega


  (808) 734-9679

Tuition & Fees : $17,676
Trade Category : Healthcare
Program Type : Trade Program
Location : Hawai'i / O'ahu / Honolulu
Purpose of Program : Leads to Employment
Program Length : 7-9 semesters

*Covid-19 Updates*

Check with the Health Sciences/ Emergency Medical counselors to see if there are any restrictions or changes due to Covid-19. You can email them with any questions.

The Respiratory Care Practitioner program offered at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) leads to employment as a respiratory therapist. By completing the respiratory care practitioner course, you will earn an Associate of Science degree. The AS degree is 95 credits and will take about 7 semesters to complete. 29 credits of liberal arts and science courses are required before entering the respiratory care program.

Associate of Science

The associate of science respiratory care practitioner program prepares students to care for patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary system disorders. The program includes classroom instruction, laboratory training, and hands-on experience in hospitals, labs, and home care sites.

Admissions Process

There are several steps to the Physical Therapist Assistant admissions process and you can begin some of the steps before the next application period begins.

  1. Attend Mandatory Information Session
    • All sessions will be held on Zoom due to Covid-19.

  2. Seek Advising with Health Careers Counselors
    • In-person counseling is currently suspended. Phone or Zoom appointments can be scheduled by calling the Health Careers Counseling Center at (808) 734-9224 or emailing them at hlthsci@hawaii.edu.

  3. Take the ACCUPLACER WriterPlacer Placement Test
    • You must receive a score of 5 or higher or qualification of ENG 100.

  4. Apply to the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program


Graduates of the respiratory care program are eligible to sit for the entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) examination. Then you will be licensed to practice as a respiratory care practitioner in the state of Hawaiʻi.

Articulation Agreement

Graduates who are interested in continuing their education and want to pursue a bachelor’s degree can transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Science program at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) West Oʻahu.


The Phlebotomy program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Kapi‘olani Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) which is a regional accrediting commission. The ACCJC is accredited by both the USDE and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


The tuition for the Respiratory Care Practitioner Associate of Science degree program is listed on the KCC website as $18,502 for local residents. However, the breakdown in the pdf is from a total of 102 credits. In the program's curriculum pdf, it has a total of 95-96 credits which is how many credits the program advertises its AS program to have. The total tuition listed on The Trade Pages is with a 96-credit program in mind. Here is the approximate total for tuition and fees with 96 credits for three different resident statuses:

  • Resident Tuition: $17,676 ($131/ credit)

  • Non-Resident Tuition: $38,220 ($345/ credit)

  • Non-Resident Pacific Isle Exemption Tuition: $23,964 ($196.50/ credit)

Financial Aid

The Respiratory Care Practitioner program qualifies for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Also visit KCC's financial aid page for more information.


Information about scholarships and grants can be found here.

Veteran Education & Training Benefits

Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) is a GI Bill® approved school and has 447 GI Bill® students. KCC takes part in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Principles of Excellence Program. KCC is an approved education institution under the Veterans Education Assistance Act (GI Bill®), the Veterans Readjustment Act, and the Dependent’s Educational Act.

For more information, visit KCC's Veteran & Military Resource page or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits page.

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