Respiratory Care
Associate Degree

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Why Study Respiratory Care at NCC?

Are you looking for a high-paced, high-energy setting where you can focus on a health care specialty? Respiratory Therapy (RT) is a health care specialty where practitioners specialize in pulmonary medicine. The profession is committed to providing quality care for patients of all age groups and situations. Northampton is an excellent option for those looking to save money and pursue a Respiratory Care degree with an AAS (Associates of Applied Sciences) degree.


Northampton Community College (#200676) is seeking accreditation by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 364 Precision Blvd., Telford, TN 37680, 817-283-2835. (


CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. NCC can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by CoARC.


What You'll Learn

The program is designed to include 34 credits of general education courses offering students foundational knowledge in the biopsychosocial sciences and humanities. Respiratory program courses, which total 32 credits, include classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences to develop, with increasing complexity, the students' knowledge, skills and abilities in the respiratory care field. Clinical simulation will be included in the respiratory program courses where applicable.


Students will develop theoretical knowledge and psychomotor skills in on-campus classrooms and laboratory and then apply those skills and knowledge in clinical learning experiences in a variety of settings in the healthcare community. Class, lab and clinical are scheduled typically during the day, however the college reserves the right to schedule clinical experiences in the evening/weekend if necessary.


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Program Details

Semesters: 8

Credits: 66

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Locations: Bethlehem

Program Overview:

The Associate Degree Respiratory Care Program at NCC prepares graduates to assume entry level positions as respiratory therapists. Respiratory therapists are specialized healthcare practitioners responsible for the care of patients to help patients breathe better through a variety of methods that may include administrating oxygen, performing tests, managing equipment, and making respiratory-related recommendations in collaboration with the healthcare team. The program is designed so that students develop their knowledge, skills and abilities in the discipline over the course of the program, resulting in a graduate practitioner who can deliver safe, competent respiratory care to patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates will be prepared to take the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialling exam and be eligible for licensure to practice.

Future Career Paths

NCC's Respiratory Care degree will lead you to the following career options:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist, RRT
  • Adult Critical Care Specialty, ACCS
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist, NPS
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, RPFT
  • Sleep Disorders Testing and Therapeutic Intervention Respiratory Care Specialists, SDS

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