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MVCC's Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science degree program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform patient assessment and to recommend, deliver, monitor, and evaluate therapeutic/diagnostic respiratory care services. The program involves four semesters of entry- and advanced-level coursework, plus a five-week summer session. Graduates are eligible to take a series of national examinations that lead to the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials.
Students can participate in the AAS degree program on a part-time or full-time basis. Passing national credentialing examinations is necessary to receive a a license to practice as an entry-level and advanced-level respiratory therapist in New York and other states. If an applicant has charges pending or a felony and/or misdemeanor, a license may be delayed or denied by the applicable state licensing board.
Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to graduate from the program. All students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program are required to take the two Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs) by Applied Measurement Professionals (which cost $30-$70 each). All students enrolled in Clinical Practicum 3 (RC233) are required to take the Kettering National Review Seminar (approximate cost $300) as preparation for the credentialing exams.
Clinical assignments include rotations that require travel within and outside the Utica/Rome area. Students must provide their own transportation to and from designated clinical sites (Utica/Rome area, Syracuse and Cooperstown). A dress code exists and identified items (nametag, picture ID, stethoscope, watch, etc.) are required for clinical sessions.
Professional liability insurance is required when enrolled in clinical courses. This insurance is purchased through the College when registering for clinical courses. Accident Insurance is required for all full-time and part-time students enrolled in Respiratory Care courses.
Unique program features
- Enrollment limited to 28-30 students
- Small lecture groups (maximum of 35 students)
- Small clinical group ratios (1 instructor to 4-6 students)
- Each respiratory student has access to 3 respiratory faculty members as advisors
- Seven hospital affiliates provide sites for clinical experiences
- State-of-the-art Respiratory Care Laboratory and Health Professions Computer Lab
- Respiratory Care Tutor-free of charge
- Advisory Board involves of health care community members
- Active Respiratory Care Club
- Near 100% job placement within 12 months of graduation for last 10 years for those pursuing work
MVCC Respiratory Care program student outcomes
Respiratory Care graduate performance on national credentialing exams as of 9/2016:
|Graduation Year||Passed CRT
|Passed TMC Exam
at high score
|# of RRTs|
|2016 - 18 grads||17 of 17 = 100%||17 of 17 = 100%||10 of 13 = 77%||10|
|2015 - 20 grads||20 of 20 = 100%||20 of 20 = 100%||15 of 18 = 83%||15|
|2014 - 15 grads||14 of 14 = 100%||13 of 13 = 100%||13 of 14 = 94%||13|
|2013 - 17 grads||16 of 16 = 100%||15 of 15 = 100%||15 of 16 = 94%||15|
|2012 - 16 grads||16 of 16 = 100%||15 of 16 = 94%||15 of 16 = 94%||15|
|2011 - 12 grads||12 of 12 = 100%||10 of 12 = 83%||10 of 10 = 100%||10|
|2010 - 11 grads||11 of 11 = 100%||9 of 10 = 90%||9 of 9 = 100%||9|
|2009 - 8 grads||8 of 8 = 100%||7 of 8 = 88%||7 of 7 = 100%||7|
|2008 - 10 grads||10 of 10 = 100%||9 of 10 = 90%||9 of 10 = 90%||9|
Respiratory Care Graduate Job Placement as of 9/2016
|Graduation Year||% Employed in RC Positions within 12 months of graduation|
|2016||15 of 18 = 83% (after 3 months)|
|2015||18 of 20 = 90%|
|2014||14 of 15 = 93%|
|2013||15 of 17 = 88%|
|2012||16 of 16 = 100%|
|2011||11 of 12 = 92%|
|2010||10 of 11 = 91%|
|2009||8 of 8 = 100%|
|2008||10 of 10 = 100%|
CRT = Certified Respiratory Therapist
TMC = Therapist Multiple Choice Exam
CSE = Clinical Simulation Exam
RRT = Registered Respiratory Therapist
* Up-to-date information about performance on national credentialing exams/job placement can be found at www.coarc.com under Information for Students and Public/Programmatic Outcomes Data.
How to apply to the Respiratory Care program
Admission to the Respiratory Care AAS degree program at MVCC is a competitive and time-sensitive process. For complete instructions on how to apply for the Respiratory Care program at MVCC, click here. Students also must be able to perform all essential functions listed here.
Important: Health requirements for some Health Sciences programs differ from MVCC health requirements. Click here for more information.
In order to be considered for admission to this program, prospective students must meet all of the following requirements prior to beginning their studies:
- Students must have the most recent of the following:
- minimum college GPA of 2.5 (minimum 12 credits or more) or
- high school average of 80
- High school chemistry (with lab) or its equivalent with a minimum grade of 70, within seven years.
- High school biology (with lab) is recommended.
- An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA089 Arithmetic, MA090 Essential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.
- The MVCC mathematics placement test is based on content presented in two high school mathematics courses or equivalent.
- For students completing mathematics and chemistry prerequisites by taking equivalent courses, a minimum grade of C is required.
- Acceptance into the Respiratory Care Program.
- Proof of current American Heart Association CPR course for Healthcare Providers certification, on file in the Respiratory Care Office prior to starting clinical courses. CPR certification must be kept current throughout the program.
- A Respiratory Care Student Physical Health Form and proof of immunizations must be submitted prior to participation in clinical courses, and updated annually at the student's expense.
The Respiratory Care program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (P.O. Box 54876, Hurst, TX, 76054-4876. Telephone: 817-283-2835, website: www.coarc.com).
Graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) and Clinical Simulation Exams sponsored by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).