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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 currently has a provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The field of Respiratory Care is a very gratifying and rewarding profession in respect to providing care and helping people in need.  The profession can also be, at times, physically and emotionally demanding.  Students interested in pursuing an academic program of study with this area would be advised to visit a Respiratory Department or contact a Respiratory Therapist to explore the detail of what this occupation offers.  Viewing the AARC “Life & Breath” video may be helpful.  (available online at:

The academic program of study in Respiratory Care at SUNY Sullivan is a well-rounded program that trains its graduates to be prepared and capable of performing all Respiratory services.  Once the prerequisites are met, the program is conducted in five consecutive semesters which include the summer session.  It is an intense presentation of didactic study in the first three semesters which transition into the last two semesters of clinical study.  The didactic studies prepare the student with the foundation of knowledge needed to understand and perform Respiratory activities.  The clinical studies utilize the knowledge and skills gained and apply this in the patient care setting providing patient assessments, treatments, equipment operations, as well as educating patients to better manage their health.

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 technicians or respiratory therapists in a broad range of health care settings, such as

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are qualified to take the entry level credentialing exam as well as the advanced level exam given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). An entry level exam earns the credential of, a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). An advanced level exam earns the credential of, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). CRT’s are eligible to apply for a New York State (NYS) license to practice as a Respiratory Therapy Technician. RRT’s are eligible to apply for a New York State license to practice as a Respiratory Therapist. For more information on NYS Respiratory Therapy licensure requirements, please visit the New York State Education Department website at:

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