Respiratory Care (A.A.S.)

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.

This degree prepares you to enter the field of respiratory care with confidence. Respiratory technicians care for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system, like asthma, cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive lung disease. They work with patients of all ages and in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, pulmonary function labs and physicians offices.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. Students may choose continue their education at a four-year program.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Board Exam.

Respiratory Care students must demonstrate numerous competencies representing all three learning domains: cognitive, pyschomotor and affective. View a complete listing of the program's Technical Standards.

This program is offered by the Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • The program is a cooperative educational endeavor with Albany Medical Center Hospital.
  • The program continually places 100 percent of its graduates who seek immediate employment.
  • Graduates of the program have had a 100 percent pass rate on the entry (CRT) Level Examination results for the past eight years.
  • In the Wall Street Journal’s “200 Best Jobs of 2013” list, respiratory therapist was listed as 34th.
  • Clinical experience applies theory to the patient situation.
  • Meet the faculty who teach in this program.

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Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals and growth for careers in the field is listed by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics as a faster than average over the next ten years. Job placement for graduates has historically been very high, with nearly 100 percent of the graduates securing positions in the profession or transferring to a four-year institution.

Starting salaries compare favorably with other allied health fields.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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.

Program Goal

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

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.
  5. 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


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 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.

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