Home » Academics » Course & Program Information » Programs of Study » Health » Respiratory Care Associate Degree » Courses & Requirements

Courses & Requirements

The associate degree program in Respiratory Care prepares graduates for practice at the therapist level. Respiratory therapists participate in the diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and other breathing disorders. Graduates are prepared for the National Board of Respiratory Care credentialing exams, (CRT and RRT), and for state licensure as a respiratory therapist. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses in order to continue to the next semester and in order to graduate. 74 credit hours are required for graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.


The Respiratory Care Program at Northern Essex Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

(817) 283-2835

Admission Criteria:

Admission Criteria can be found on Health Required Forms.

Information Session Dates:

The dates of Respiratory Care Information Sessions can be found on the Health Information Sessions.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.


Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.

Drug & Alcohol Screening:

Students enrolled in this academic program are required to pass a drug and alcohol screening analysis.


Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series, prior to final acceptance to the Program.

Student Professional Liability Insurance:

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.

Courses Credits Comments
BI0115 Physiologic Chemistry 4  
BIO121 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Prerequisite
BIO122 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Prerequisite
BIO220 Microbiology 4 Prerequisite
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
RSC100 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3 Respiratory/Polysomnography or permission of instructor
RSC101 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I 3 Prerequisite/permission
RSC102 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II 4 Prerequisite/permission
RSC103 Respiratory Pharmacology 2 Prerequisite/permission
RSC104 Introduction to Respiratory Disease 3 Prerequisite/permission
RSC111 Respiratory Modalities I 2 Prerequisite/permission
RSC112 Respiratory Modalities II 2 Prerequisite/permission
RSC191 Clinical I 1 Prerequisite/permission
RSC192 Clinical II 4 Prerequisite/permission
RSC200 Diagnostics in Respiratory Medicine 3 Prerequisite/permission
RSC201 Respiratory Critical Care I 3 Prerequisite/permission
RSC202 Respiratory Critical Care II 3 Prerequisite/permission
RSC203 Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care 3 Prerequisite/permission
RSC211 Respiratory Modalities III 2 Prerequisite/permission
RSC212 Respiratory Modalities IV 2 Prerequisite/permission
RSC 290 Clinical Diagnostics 1 Prerequisite/permission
RSC292 Clinical III 4 Prerequisite/permission
RSC293 Clinical IV 4 Prerequisite/permission
Courses Credits Comments
Humanities or Social Science Elective 3  
Respiratory Care
Apply online
Getting Started
Request Info
Find a Program
Search Schedule
Register Now


No current announcements


Health Brochures

iHealth@NECC Brochures