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Programs of Study

Respiratory Care

Degree: AAS |  Graduation Requirements: 68 credits

Program Summary:

Qualified students admitted to the respiratory care program will complete the profession didactic, laboratory and clinical courses to train students to work as a respiratory therapy technician or a respiratory therapist.

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The Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree at SUNY Sullivan is obtained through a rigorous 2-year curriculum. The program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) with a continuing accreditation. Qualified students admitted to the respiratory care program will complete the profession didactic, laboratory and clinical courses intended to train students to work as a respiratory therapy technician or a respiratory therapist in a broad range of health care settings, such as doctors’ offices, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation centers, diagnostics labs, patients’ homes, and all specialized areas of hospital care, including intensive/critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, emergency services, respiratory care, pulmonary function labs, sleep medicine and basic floor therapy.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are qualified to:

  • Take the credentialing exam given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
  • CRT’s are eligible for New York State licensure to practice as a Respiratory Therapy Technician. The RRT can apply for New York State (NYS) Licensure as a Respiratory Therapist.

For more information on NYS Respiratory Therapy license requirements, please visit the New York State Education Department website.

For additional information, questions or concerns regarding accreditation, you may contact CoARC at:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Phone: (817) 283-2835 / Fax: (817) 354-8519

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Advantage

  • The Respiratory Care program is intended to train students to work as a respiratory therapy technician or a respiratory therapist in a broad range of health care settings, such as doctors’ offices, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation centers, diagnostics labs, patients’ homes, and all specialized areas of hospital care, including intensive/critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, emergency services, respiratory care, pulmonary function labs, sleep medicine and basic floor therapy.

Physics for Health Sciences
Composition I
Anatomy & Physiology I
General Psychology
Microbiology 4
Developmental Psychology
Child Psychology
Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I
Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology
Cardiopulmonary Physiology
Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II
Medical Ethics and Administration
Mechanical Ventilation
Current Concepts of Respiratory Care
Clinical Rotation I *
- Clinical Therapeutics for Respiratory Care
- Introduction to Critical Care
- Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care
- Clinical Management of Cardiovascular Diseases
Diseases of the Cardiopulmonary System
Clinical Rotation II *
- Pulmonary & Diagnostic Medicine
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Home Care
- Advanced Critical Care
- Independent Study

Program pre-reqs: SCI 1204 Chemistry for Health Sciences, MAT 1005 Intermediate Algebra, SCI 1124 Principles of Bio.

* Clinical courses are taught on a rotational basis over the third and fourth terms. The sequence of courses will vary for each student.

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