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“The education I received in the Respiratory Therapy program at MVCC was outstanding. My courses were taught by gifted, caring professors, and I have been able to use that knowledge base as both a respiratory therapist and a staff sergeant in the United States Army Reserves. MVCC is an exceptional asset to this area.”

Phil Nelson, SSGT, RRT*
United States Army Reserves

Respiratory Therapist, Oneida Healthcare
*Nelson has served three military tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait in the Army as a respiratory therapist


"Being a graduate from the Respiratory Care program and now working in the field, I know that the program offered at MVCC will have you prepared above and beyond the basics. It was a pleasure working with and learning from the department staff."

Megan Kennedy, RRT
Staff Respiratory Therapist
St. Elizabeth Medical Center



“My choice to attend MVCC’s Respiratory Therapy program 30 years ago has been one of the best decisions of my life. The knowledge and skill sets I gained during my education laid a cornerstone for my continued pursuit of learning, caring and giving. I am thrilled to see the same degree of knowledge and skills in current graduates. I love identifying myself as a Respiratory Therapist first even though my career has expanded into management. It’s who I am, and MVCC is where my professional career began.”

Mary Parry, MBA, RRT, CPFT, NPS
Vice President of Operations
Oneida Healthcare

“MVCC provided me with a strong foundation for Respiratory Care and allowed me to work in this community and give back by helping people with smoking cessation as well as providing educational programs to the public. It all began with the program at MVCC and the staff’s ability to provide the best and most current information in the field today. They are truly the best in the business.”

Cindy Soares ’79, RRT, AE-C
Senior Respiratory Therapist, Nationally Certified Asthma Educator
Rome Memorial Hospital

"As a graduate of the program, I know first-hand the quality of training and education that students in the MVCC Respiratory Care program receive. The professors and clinical instructors are caring, knowledgeable, and focused on the success of graduates. The program provides a well-rounded mix of classroom and clinical experiences, and the Respiratory Care lab is equipped with the most current technology and equipment. Graduates are well-prepared to begin careers as respiratory therapists."

Randy Johnson, RT, RRT
Director of Respiratory Care, Mohawk Valley Health Systems

"Entering America knowing it was going to be my second home, I struggled until I found my dream job. MVCC gave me options I could not find anywhere else. MVCC gave me the knowledge needed to help people and to achieve the feeling I always desired. I would like to thank the MVCC professors for assisting me with any problems I had. I encourage people to take advantage of the Respiratory Care program at MVCC."

Ferid Zahic, RRT
Staff Respiratory Therapist, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare
Received the Faxton-St. Luke's "Care Award 500" in 2006