Respiratory Care

Associates of Science

If you enjoy working with people of all ages and you have often considered a career in a health care field then respiratory care might be the right choice for you.

When you think about a career that you would enjoy, do phrases like; 'fast paced and dynamic work environment', 'interacting with and helping people of all ages', 'working with advanced technology' come to mind?

Respiratory Therapists are important members of the health care team.

You'll care for a wide variety of patients and can be found in many areas of the hospital in and in settings outside the hospital setting.  Learn More»

Degree Requirements

The suggested sequence for full-time students is shown below.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*H211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Program Requirement RSP*H112 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 4
Program Requirement RSP*H121 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3
Oral Communication COM*H100 Introduction to Communication 3
Program Requirement RSP*H131 Applied Pharmacology 3
Program Requirement RSP*H141 Principles of Respiratory Care 4
Program Requirement RSP*H180 Clinical Practicum 1
Program Requirement BIO*H212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Written Communication ENG*H102 English Composition and Literature 3
Program Requirement RSP*H151 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3
Program Requirement RSP* H181 Clinical Practicum II 2
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics RSP*H281 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2
Scientific Reasoning CHE*H111 Concepts of Chemistry 4
Social Phenomena PSY* H111 General Psychology I 3
Program Requirement RSP*H270 Hemodynamic and Critical Care Monitoring 3
Program Requirement RSP*H 262 Advanced Principles of Respiratory Care 4
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics RSP*H282 Advanced Clinical Practicum II 2
Program Requirement RSP*H271 Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Diagnostics 2
Program Requirement RSP*H291 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
Program Requirement RSP*H201 Future Trends 2
Total Credits: 67


Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Clinical experiences are provided at the following facilities:
Bridgeport Hospital
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Danbury Hospital
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Hospital for Special Care
St. Mary’s Hospital
Waterbury Associates Pulminary
Waterbury Hospital
Yale New Haven Hospital

Degree Outcomes (What you will learn)

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Program Mission

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 students and graduates.

Program Outcomes

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 planned as progression of increasing complexity. The goal of the Respiratory Care program is to prepare graduates to function as competent respiratory care practitioners. Upon successful completion of the program the graduate will:

  1. Assist physicians/licensed independent practitioners in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients affected by cardiopulmonary disorders.
  2. Collect and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as a respiratory therapist.
  3. Participate in the inter-disciplinary plan of care.
  4. Provide patient education concerning health management of respiratory disease.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in all skills and competencies required of a respiratory therapist as described by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  6. Promote evidence-based practice by using established clinical practice guidelines and evaluating published research for its relevance to patient care.
  7. Collaborate and communicate effectively with all members of the health care team to enhance patient care.
  8. Adhere to AARC statement of ethics and professional conduct.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 for achieving a 100% pass rate on the licensing exam!                                           

The Respiratory Care program at NVCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care  (CoARC) located at 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford Texas 76021-4244; Phone: 817 283 2835.  When making inquiries, please refer to program # 200460.

Learn more about program outcomes such as credentialing success and job placement rates for all CoARC accredited Respiratory Care programs.

Program Coordinator
Margaret Guerrera
203-596-8662 (p)
Room: E600b