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Nursing and Allied Health

Respiratory Care Program: Associate Degree

Respiratory care is a high tech, direct patient care profession. This field is a life-supporting, life-enhancing allied health care profession practiced under qualified medical direction. Services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring, and rehabilitation. Patient, family, and public education are essential to the mission of the profession. Respiratory care services are provided in all health care facilities (acute, subacute/long-term, skilled nursing) and in the home.


The curriculum consists of five consecutive semesters of study as well as additional clinical practice at affiliating hospitals.  The respiratory care and related courses must be taken in the sequence outlined once the student has been admitted into the program.  Admission requirements are listed under programs with selective admissions.


Upon completion of the program, the graduate qualifies for an associate in science degree and is eligible to apply to take the national entry-level (CRT certification) and advanced practitioner (RRT registry) examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Additionally, graduates are qualified to sit for the NBRC specialty exams for pulmonary diagnostics and neonatal pediatric specialty. 



Student Learning Objectives:  

Upon graduation from the program, the graduate must be competent in the following areas: psychomotor skills, affective skills and cognitive skills. Each area will be evaluated while enrolled in the program on a semester by semester basis. Learning is through a planned progression of knowledge and skills of increasing complexity. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate will be able to:



Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree and are eligible to take the national credentialing examination for Respiratory Care Practitioners to achieve the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential.



Mission Statement:

The Respiratory Care Program is designed to prepare students as Registered Respiratory Care Professionals. This program meets a community need for healthcare professionals. This affordable and accessible program offers an innovative program of study for the community's diverse population. The faculty believes that a nurturing educational environment will produce lifelong learners who are active and responsible leaders in their careers.



Employment and Career Opportunities

Career opportunities locally and nationally are excellent. As in any other medical profession, RCPs can choose to specialize in an area of technical expertise such as critical care, pediatrics, diagnostic studies, rehabilitation, education, management or home care.


Salaries generally vary with geographic location of the nation. In Connecticut, graduates can expect to earn approximately $60,000 per year, with the possibility of successive salary increases after advanced credentialing.



General Information:




The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244l.  Information about this program can be obtained by calling the CoARC office at 1-817-263-2835 or online at




Upon graduation, the student is eligible to sit for the CRT (Certified Respiratory Technician) Examination. Upon successfully completing this examination, the student may obtain licensure. Licensure is granted on a state? to?state basis. The student will be required to disclose background information, including criminal history at the time of licensure application. Students may contact the CT Department of Health for more information on licensure requirements for Respiratory Care Professionals. The student is also eligible for the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) Examination after acquiring the CRT credential.