Respiratory Care Associate Degree | In-demand health care field

Respiratory Care Application Period

The application period for the Respiratory Care program runs from October 1, 2022 - February 1, 2023.

Program Overview

Program Overview

The Respiratory Care program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is designed to prepare students to enter the field of respiratory care with the skills necessary to practice as proficient and competent respiratory therapists.  Our program is designed to meet the evolving health care needs of our diverse community and our faculty are committed to a student-centered approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the development of evidence-based, ethical and collaborative practice among our graduates and student. 

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Upcoming Respiratory Therapy Info Sessions

Upcoming Respiratory Therapy Info Sessions

Interested in NVCC's Respiratory Therapy program?
Attend a virtual information session to learn about the program and how to apply! 

Tuesday, November 16 from 11:00am - 12:00 pm  Join here

Not able to attend the information session?
View the presentation from previous sessions to learn more about our program. 

Program Outcomes

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. View our program outcomes.

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Career Possibilities

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Accreditation and Licensure Information

The Respiratory Care Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College meets the state education requirements for a Respiratory Care Practitioner license in the state of Connecticut.

The NVCC Respiratory Care Program has not determined if the associate degree in respiratory care meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Applicants should investigate licensure requirements prior to accepting an offer of admission to the program.

Each state is responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification. Students who intend to seek licensure in any state other than Connecticut need to consult with the state professional licensing board or the state’s department of public health. The states make the decision on whether an individual is eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.

For more information on each state’s requirements, please click here.


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

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Phone: 817-283-2835

Program Reference Number: 200460

More information regarding the accreditation process is available at:

Quick Facts

Respiratory Care Quick Facts

Student Success

Graduates of the NVCC respiratory care program have achieved a 100% pass rate on the licensing credential exam.

A Variety of Transfer Opportunities

The program has several opportunities for transfer to BS degree programs including Southern CT State University, University of Hartford, and Charter Oak State College

Excellent Job Opportunities

Over 90% of NVCC respiratory care program graduates are employed in the field of Respiratory Care.

Additional Details

Join a Field With Excellent Job Opportunities

Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and care for patients who have breathing disorders. If you join this growing field, you'll work under the supervision of a physician administering respiratory therapy to patients with chronic illnesses such as asthma or emphysema. You'll also assist in emergencies when life-support treatment is needed. Respiratory therapists set up, operate and monitor devices that provide oxygen or medicine in the form of a mist or gas to patients. You must be able to see and hear well, have mechanical ability and manual dexterity to work with machines and be able to be on your feet most of the day.

Career Opportunities

You'll care for a wide variety of patients that can be found in many areas of the hospital including:

  • emergency room 
  • adult, pediatric and newborn intensive care units 
  • open heart units 
  • cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • air transport 

There are also many opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in settings outside the hospital which include: 

  • home care 
  • medical sales 
  • sleep laboratories

Clinical Preparation and Experience

Respiratory care graduates are prepared to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry Level (CRT) and the Advanced Practitioner (RRT) Examinations.

Students also receive clinical experience at the following agencies:

  • Bridgeport Hospital 
  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital 
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center 
  • Danbury Hospital 
  • Gaylord Speciality Health Care 
  • Waterbury Pulmonary Associates  
  • St. Mary's Hospital 
  • Waterbury Hospital 
  • Yale New Haven Hospital

To learn more about the Respiratory Care profession, view the Life and Breath video

Program Admissions Requirements

Respiratory Care Application Process:

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted to NVCC's Admissions Office by the application period deadline.

  1. Apply to NVCC.
  2. Submit your Respiratory Care application.

Please be sure to thoroughly read the admissions requirements prior to applying.

    Respiratory Care Admission Requirements:

    Fall 2022 Admission Requirements Printable PDF

    PREREQUISITES: Proof of having met or exceeded the following prerequisites prior to the application deadline. Applicants who are enrolled in prerequisites during the spring semester may also apply, but will only be considered after all other eligible candidates have accepted or declined their position. If applicable, copy of high school transcript and/or official college transcripts for credits earned outside NVCC must be provided by the application period deadline:

    • MATH: Minimum of having completed Intermediate Algebra (MAT 136 or MAT 137) or higher level Algebra completed within the last 5 years* with a grade of “C” or better; an Accuplacer Placement test score placing into College Algebra (MAT 172); SAT score of 570 or higher or ACT score of 22 or higher.
    • BIOLOGY: BIO 105, BIO 115, BIO 121 or equivalent completed within the last 5 years* with a grade of “C” or better.
    • ENGLISH: Minimum of having completed developmental English with a grade of “C” or better (ENG*H063, ENG*H096, or equivalent); or Accuplacer placement test results recommending ENG*H101; or SAT/ACT results for either Reading or Writing at or above the score for placement into ENG*H101 English Composition.

    GPA: Minimum 2.5 GPA based only on the college courses that meet the Respiratory Care Admission and program curriculum requirements.

    INFORMATION SESSION: Consideration for admission requires  all qualified applicants to attend a mandatory program information session. In late February/early March, applicants will be contacted via their college assigned email address to schedule attendance at a session. The deadline to register for, and attendance at an information session is strictly enforced.

    CLINICAL JOB SHADOW:  A clinical job shadow is strongly recommended.  Click here for the job shadow form.  Contact the program director for more information on how to schedule a shadow.

    * ”within the last five (5) years” is defined as having completed the courses in the Fall of 2016 or later.

    NOTE: Applicants who are enrolled in and plan to complete prerequisites during the winter may apply. Applicants who are  enrolled in and successfully complete prerequisites during the spring semester may also apply, but will only be considered after all other eligible candidates have accepted or declined their position.

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