2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 07, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Respiratory Care (HB74)

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The Respiratory Care Program prepares students to enter a dynamic and progressive health care profession. Respiratory Therapists work with advanced technology making it possible to help patients with respiratory and cardiac disorders in ways that were impossible years ago. The Respiratory Care program provides hands-on education in diverse clinical settings such as adult and neonatal critical care, emergency care, longterm care, pulmonary rehabilitation and diagnostic services. Respiratory Therapists are vital members of the health care team who work closely with physicians providing education and support to patients with acute and chronic lung conditions.  To learn more about the Respiratory Care profession, click here.

The Naugatuck Valley Community College Respiratory Care Associate Degree Program is located on the Waterbury Campus.  It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.  More information regarding the accreditation process is available at www.coarc.com.

How to Apply:

Application information can be found here.

Admissions Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalency.

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 candidates have accepted or declined their position. If applicable, copy of high school transcript and/or official college transcript for credits earned outside of NVCC must be provided by the application period deadline.

  • MATH: Minimum of having completed Intermediate Algebra (MAT* H136  OR MAT* H137 ) or higher level Algebra within the last 5 years; an Accuplacer Placement test score placing into College Algebra (MAT* H172 );  SAT score of 570 or higher or ACT score of 22 or higher. 
  • BIOLOGYBIO* H105 BIO* H115 BIO* H121  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 .

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 the 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 no earlier than 5 years prior to expected entry into the program.

NOTE: Applicants who are enrolled in and plan to complete prerequisites during the winter may apply.  Applicants who are enrolled in an 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.

Special Admission Requirements for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT s)

Graduates of a one year certificate program who seek admission to the program and have successfully completed the Certification Exam for Respiratory Therapists by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) will be admitted into the program as a second year student. All CRT s seeking admission into the program must provide proof of certification in order to receive credit for the following technician level courses:

Students entering the program as a CRT must complete all of the general education courses prior to graduation. All applicants will be required to take a self-assessment exam by the NBRC prior to admission to the program. This test is not used for admission into the program, but for internal purposes only.

Transfer Requirements:

  1. Students seeking transfer into the program must apply to the Program Director by the program application deadline (January 15).
  2. Official transcripts must be provided with the application.
  3. Consideration for transfer into the Respiratory Care Program depends on whether there are available openings at the time of the request.
  4. Transfer admission is based on GPA and previous completed course work.
  5. A minimum GPA of 2.5.
  6. Students who were previously or are currently enrolled in another Respiratory Care program must have successfully completed their Respiratory Care and science requirements with a grade of “C” or better.
  7. The Program Director and the Director of Clinical Education will evaluate previous respiratory care course work for equivalency with NVCC respiratory care courses.

Please contact the program director for details or questions.

Additional Program Information:

Learning is planned as a progression of increasing complexity. For a student to progress to the next semester, a minimum grade of “C” is required in all respiratory courses. 

Chemistry taken prior to admission must have been completed no earlier than 8 years prior to expected entry into the program.  It must be equivalent to CHE* H111 .

Anatomy and Physiology I and II taken prior to admission must have been completed no earlier than 5 years prior to expected entry into the program.  They must be equivalent to BIO* H211  and BIO* H212  and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before a student can progress to the second year of the program.

Students must achieve a “C” or better in all required courses.

Electives and other core courses may be taken prior to the recommended semester.

Due to the extensive time requirements for classes, clinical and studying, the program faculty strongly recommend that students not work for more than 20 hours per week.

Students admitted to the program undergo criminal background checks and drug screens.  Students who do not pass these may be excluded from clinical practice and may not meet the competencies of the program.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on General Education Core . Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required. The suggested sequence for full-time students is shown below.



Competency or Program Requirement:

First Semester (Fall)

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication Credits: 3

Historical Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 3

Scientific Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 3

Program Requirements

Second Semester (Spring)

Oral Communication Credits: 3

  • Click here on the requirement name   to expand the list of courses then select any course listed, including ESL* H157 .

Program Requirements

Third Semester (Summer)

Written Communication Credits: 3

Program Requirements

Fourth Semester (Fall)

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Credits: 2

Scientific Reasoning Credits: 4

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

Social Phenomena Credits: 3

Program Requirements

Fifth Semester (Spring)

Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Credits: 3

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/ Ethical Credits: 2

Program Requirements

Program Goal and Outcomes


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.

1 ENG* H200  is recommended for those students who plan on pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree

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