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Respiratory Care, A.A.S

Program Description

The Respiratory Care (RC) degree program prepares graduates for entry-level career opportunities in respiratory care. Through a 69-credit rigorous and cohesive curriculum sequence, students will acquire the effective communication, technical, analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a registered respiratory therapist. The program also prepares students who wish to transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care or other professional and graduate programs.

Students in the Respiratory Care program are required to present the following items in order to participate in respiratory clinical courses:

  • Criminal background check clearance
  • Drug screening
  • AHA CPR certification for the Healthcare provider
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Completed health records
  • Official uniform

Additional information is available at: https://www.ucc.edu/academics/academic-divisions/division-of-allied-sciences/respiratory-care-program/

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in oral, written and visual forms;
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct to the respiratory care code of ethics;
  • Function effectively as a registered respiratory therapist in a healthcare setting;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in cardiopulmonary diagnosis and monitoring;
  • Manage respiratory care plans for adult, neonatal and pediatric patients.

After Union College

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing examinations necessary for practice as a licensed respiratory care practitioner (RCP). 


Recommended Sequence

Semester Total: 10

First Year

Semester Total: 12

Semester Total: 15


Semester Total: 3

Second Year

Semester Total: 15

Semester Total: 14

Total Program Credits: 69

*Cumulative GPA for pre-clinical courses: 2.5 or higher; students must achieve a C+ or higher in BIO 105.

Milestone Courses

The milestones (in bold) identify critical courses for timely progress and the semester in which the course should be completed for on-time graduation.  Milestone course grades < 2.0 should be discussed with an advisor.

Career and Transfer Information