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Respiratory Care Associate Degree Program

Program Overview


Prepare to pursue a career in Respiratory Care Technology, assessing, treating and monitoring patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. Combining classroom, laboratory, and hands-on clinical experiences, this program will prepare you for work in a wide range of healthcare environments. Graduates are eligible for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam.

Career Possibilities

  • CPAP Therapy
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science degree program in Respiratory Care prepares students to pursue a career as a highly-skilled, critical thinking, Respiratory Therapist (RT).  RTs assess, treat, and monitor patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system.  Practicing under the guidance of a physician, RTs perform a wide array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on adult, pediatric, and newborn patients.

Typical responsibilities for an RT include interviewing and examining patients with breathing problems, performing diagnostic studies such as obtaining and analyzing arterial blood gases, pulmonary function testing, hemodynamic monitoring, and polysomnography.  RTs administer aerosolized medications, initiate mechanical ventilation, perform bronchopulmonary hygiene, maintain airway patency, and provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

RTs play an integral role in the development and monitoring of a patient’s cardiopulmonary treatment plan.  RTs utilize evidence-based medicine to educate patients, families, and the community regarding cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention, and management.

RTs work in a variety of healthcare environments such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, homecare agencies, sleep disorder centers, clinical transport operations, physicians’ offices, wellness clinics, educational institutions, travel agencies, and medical equipment sales and service providers.

Through the combination of classroom, laboratory, and hands-on clinical experiences, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their knowledge and create real-world understanding.  Students who complete the Associate in Science in Respiratory Care program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination. The TMC examination objectively measures essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of respiratory therapists for entry into practice.  Students, upon successful completion of their degree requirements, can take the national TMC exam and upon passing with the NBRC low cut/pass score achieve the entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential and apply it to the state board of respiratory care in the state they choose to practice (currently 49 states require licensure).  Additionally, if the NBRC high cut/pass score on the TMC exam is achieved then students are eligible to sit for the NBRC Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) which is required for the advanced-level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.  The NBRC TMC and CSE exams do not need to be taken again once a student has passed the exam as long as the minimum number of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) hours are maintained as required by the NBRC and state licensure boards.  In addition, graduates of this program are eligible to continue for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.


The Respiratory Care program at New England Institute of Technology, CoARC program number 200599, at the associate degree level and campus located at One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, Rhode Island is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Commission on Accreditation For Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, New England Institute of Technology hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as Certified Respiratory Therapists in the State of Rhode Island. The applicable licensing board in Rhode Island may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license, we encourage you to investigate those requirements. NEIT has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at NEIT.


Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission
The mission of the Respiratory Care (RC) program is to provide a specialized associate degree program to prepare students for careers as advanced-level respiratory therapists. Through a combination of didactic, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences the program emphasizes the knowledge, critical thinking, and professional behaviors graduates will need to become effective respiratory care practitioners.

Program Goals
The RC program will:  

  1. Provide students with learning experiences that engage the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains necessary to function as advanced-level respiratory therapists.
  2. Utilize state-of-the-art simulation technology to allow students to demonstrate the application of knowledge in a laboratory setting.
  3. Focus on the hands-on application of knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to practice evidence-based respiratory care within diverse patient populations.
  4. Prepare students with the requirements necessary to qualify for entry-level and advanced-level national certification examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  5. Endeavor to instill in the student a sense of commitment to the respiratory care profession’s core values and ethics including ongoing professional development and life-long learning.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Collect, review, and evaluate patient cardiopulmonary assessment data and recommend the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.
  2. Initiate, monitor, and modify respiratory care treatment plans and critical care activities based upon the therapeutic goals of the patient.
  3. Manipulate and manage respiratory care equipment while maintaining the appropriate infection and quality control standards.
  4. Apply critical thinking and problem-solving strategies in the adult, pediatric, and neonatal patient care settings.
  5. Consult with physicians, nurses, and other members of the patient care team to develop and modify individual respiratory care plans.
  6. Perform evidence-based respiratory care practices established by current clinical practice guidelines and published research.
  7. Utilize interpersonal communication skills to promote cardiopulmonary wellness and educate diverse patient population groups, families, and the community.

Associate in Science Degree

  • RC 110 Foundations of Respiratory Care
  • RC 111 Introduction to Respiratory Care Clinical
  • RC 120 Principles of Cardiopulmonary Physiology
  • RC 121 Respiratory Care Pharmacology
  • RC 130 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care I & Lab
  • RC 131 Respiratory Care Clinical I
  • RC 132 Respiratory Care Pathophysiology I
  • RC 240 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care II & Lab
  • RC 241 Respiratory Care Clinical II
  • RC 242 Respiratory Care Pathophysiology II
  • RC 252 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care III & Lab
  • RC 253 Respiratory Care Clinical III
  • RC 254 Specialty Principles & Practice of Respiratory Care
  • RC 261 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care IV & Lab
  • RC 262 Respiratory Care Clinical IV
  • BIO 100 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 101 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • BIO 120 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • BIO 122 Microbiology
  • EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
  • EN 110 Healthcare Communications
  • MA 109 Math for Life Science OR MA 100/110 Introduction to College Math 
  • PS 202 Psychology of Healthcare
  • PS 210 Human Relations in the Workplace