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Respiratory Care Information

Respiratory Care students work in the lab with Respiratory Care Program Coordinator and Professor Lorie Phillips.

Respiratory Care students work with Professor Lorie Phillips in one of MVCC's state-of-the-art labs.

Program Overview

MVCC's Respiratory Care program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform patient assessment and to recommend, deliver, monitor, and evaluate therapeutic/diagnostic respiratory care services. The Associate in Applied Science degree involves four semesters of entry and advanced-level coursework, plus a five-week summer session. AAS 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.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) and Clinical Simulation Exams sponsored by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Students can participate in the A.A.S. 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.


  • 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 to be considered for admission to the Respiratory Care Program.
  • High school chemistry (with lab) or its equivalent with a minimum grade of 70, within 7 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. 

Prospective Student Information Packet (PDF)

Transfer or returning students:

Prior to beginning  or resuming Respiratory Care coursework, transfer and returning students must:

  • Meet with a Respiratory Care advisor. Call for an appointment at 315-792-5664.
  • Submit proof of CPR certification to the Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator.
  • Submit a completed Respiratory Care Student Health Form to the Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator.
  • Pass applicable Proficiency Written and/or Skill Exam. A fee is charged for proficiency exams.
  • Pass the Respiratory Care Medication Written Exam with 80% accuracy, which includes medication calculations.