Respiratory Care (A.A.S.)
  • General Information
    Includes: Program Description, Entrance Requirements, Course Requirements

Wall Street Journal: Best and Worst Jobs of 2013
Respiratory Therapist ranked #34 out of the top 200 jobs for 2013.

Faculty member Michael Hyland works with students in the Respiratory Care Lab. Faculty member Michael Hyland works with students in the Respiratory Care Lab.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Patricia Hyland
Department Chair
Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor)
(518) 629-7454

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309


Those interested in the program may wish to observe respiratory therapists on the job. The Respiratory Care Department can arrange for observation time. Call (518) 629-7454 for an appointment.

Check out the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) website to learn about the profession, job outlook, and watch a video that shows the responsibilities of a Respiratory Therapist.

Respiratory Care Program Mission Statement
Consistent with the mission of Hudson Valley Community College, the Respiratory Care Program is committed to providing didactic and clinical education which prepares graduates for positions as respiratory therapists. Graduates will possess the appropriate behaviors, skill and knowledge to delivery high quality respiratory care in any health care environment.

Respiratory Care Program Goal
To prepare graduates to become competent, registered respiratory therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Respiratory Care Program Intended Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information related to their role as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary in their role as Registered Respiratory Therapist.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations in their role as Registered Respiratory Therapist.
  4. Graduates will be employed as Registered Respiratory Therapist within six months of graduation.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Entry level Exam immediately following graduation. Graduates can attempt the NBRC Advanced level examinations six months after successful completion of the Entry Level Examination.

For more information regarding NBRC requirements, please visit the official website at