College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Health Sciences

Respiratory Care
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5215
Chairperson: Patricia G. Hyland
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor), (518) 629-7454

Respiratory Care is an allied health specialty employed with medical direction in the treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system.

Respiratory Care practitioners are involved with patients of all ages, from the premature infant to the geriatric patient with a variety of lung and heart problems and diseases. The job responsibilities consist of diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and rehabilitation of a respiratory patient under direct supervision of a physician.

This program is established as a consortium with Albany Medical Center.

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by:
Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road Bedford
Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835
Accreditation Program Number: 200138

Outcomes data from the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page:

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care Certification and Registry Exam. Upon graduation, there will be added expenses for certification/licensure examination and application fees.

Part-time study is not available in this major, unless appropriate transfer credit is accepted. Respiratory and clinical courses are offered as day classes only.

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for re-admission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Re-admission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been re-admitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Respiratory Care program.

Students in this program may be subjected to drug testing and criminal background checks at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and clinical education site and if the clinical site deems the student unfit to attend the site, the student may be unable to complete degree requirements.

Please note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual’s right to complete clinical experience at some sites required for program completion and/or to be licensed as a Respiratory Therapist in NYS. Applicants should see the department chairperson.

All college level science courses must have been taken within five years in order to be applicable toward this degree program. Respiratory Care core courses must be taken at Hudson Valley.

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra and geometry or 2 units of equivalent academic math, biology and chemistry w/labs (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-Regents in each course) Fall only Additional math and science recommended. Grade of "B" required in non-credit bearing courses. Grade of "C" required in credit bearing math and science courses. Regents Diploma: 75 or above or Non-Regents Diploma: 85 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $910.


Course No.


Credit Hrs.

BIOL 139**
Anatomy & Physiology 4
BIOL 205** Microbiology 4
CHEM 100**
General Chemistry-Health Sciences 4
ENGL 101
English Composition I 3
ENGL 102
English Composition II 3
PHYS 110**
Physics for the Health Sciences 4
PSYC 100
General Psychology 3
PSYC 200
Child Psychology 3
RESP 110**
Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
RESP 115**
Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 2
RESP 120**
Fund. of Respiratory Care I 3
RESP 125**
Fund. of Respiratory Care II 3
RESP 130**
Ethics & Administration 2
RESP 200**
Adv. Respiratory Life Support 4
RESP 205**
Diseases of the Cardio. System 3
RESP 210**
Current Concepts in Resp. Care 3
RESP 220**
Clinical Therapeutics for Resp.Care 3
RESP 225**
Introduction to Critical Care 3
RESP 230**
Neonatal & Pediatric Resp. Care 3
RESP 235**
Clinical Management of Cardiovascular Disease 3
RESP 240**
Pulmonary & Diagnostic Medicine 3
RESP 245**
Pulmonary Rehab. & Home Care 3
RESP 250**
Advanced Critical Care 3
RESP 255**
Independent Study 3
  Total Credits Required 75

*or specific course equivalents as approved by Department Chairperson.

**A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion and must be obtained to meet the pre-requisite requirement for entrance into sequential RESP courses.

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

RESP 220 Clin. Therapeutics for Respiratory Care 3
RESP 225 Introduction to Critical Care 3
RESP 230 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RESP 235 Clin. Mgt. of Cardiovascular Disease 3
RESP 240 Pulmonary and Diagnostic Medicine 3
RESP 245 Pulmonary Rehabil. and Home Care 3
RESP 250 Advanced Critical Care 3
RESP 255 Independent Study 3

* Please Note: Transportation is required to hospitals for clinical rotation that begins as early as 7 a.m.

BIOL 139 Anat. & Physiology 4
CHEM 100 General Chemistry 4
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
PHYS 110 Phys. for Health Sci. 4
PSYC 100 General Psych. 3
  Term Total 18
BIOL 205 Microbiology 4
ENGL 102 Composition II 3
PSYC 200 Child Psychology 3
RESP 110 Hum. Anat. & Phys. 3
RESP 115 Cardio. Pharm. 2
RESP 120 Fund. of Res. Care I 3
  Term Total 18
SUMMER TERM (Eight Weeks)
RESP 125 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II 3
RESP 130 Ethics and Administration 2
RESP 200 Advanced Respiratory Life Support 4
  Term Total 9
RESP 205 Diseases of the Cardiopulm. Sys. 3
  *Clinic. Rotations 12
  Term Total 15
RESP 210 Curr. Concepts in Respiratory Care 3
  *Clinic. Rotations 12
  Term Total 15