Respiratory Care

Welcome! The Respiratory Care program is a two-year associate degree program designed to meet the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC “accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcome based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.”

The program offers students a combination of strong classroom preparation and rigorous clinical experience in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Students who graduate from the Respiratory Care program are trained to care for patients with heart and lung diseases. Respiratory Therapists evaluate and treat patients of all ages, from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to elderly people suffering from chronic breathing and other cardiopulmonary conditions.

CT State Manchester has been recognized with the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  The award recognizes Manchester’s superb pass rate on the RRT credentialing exam. The campus’s program has previously been recognized by CoARC in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The Respiratory Care program at CT State Manchester is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Students who successfully complete the Respiratory Care program are eligible to take the national credentialing examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The Manchester Respiratory Care program number is 200044.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
CoARC Report: CoARC Annual Report of Current Status

Find out about a career in Respiratory Care.

View the Program Curriculum

Application to Program

Applications open October 1, 2024 for Fall 2025 acceptance. Be sure to complete the following SIX steps prior to the application deadline of March 1, 2025.

  1. Attend a virtual Respiratory Care information session by March 1, 2025 (highly recommended).
  2. Complete Respiratory Care program prerequisites.
    • All candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
    • Respiratory Care program prerequisites include the following courses or their equivalent, if transferring:
      • ENG 1010 English Composition completed
      • MATH 1010 or higher (All math courses must be completed with a “C” or better.)
      • Must have CHEM 1110 or higher completed
      • Must have BIO 2111 completed
      • All science courses must be 4 credits, include a lab, completed with a “C” or better and taken in Spring 2020 or later.
    • If you have a question regarding the appropriate prerequisites for the Fall 2025 application cycle, please contact the program coordinator listed below
  3. Review the application process for selective admissions for Fall 2025 and beyond for CT State: Application Process
  4. Submit the General Application for Admission/Selective Admissions Application.
  5. Submit official copies of transcripts by February 1, 2025.Only electronic transcripts are acceptable.
    • For electronic transcripts, visit your previous institutions’ websites for instructions on how to order online transcripts.
  6. TEAS test results must be submitted by March 1, 2025. Minimum score is 53.3 and must be taken within three years of application.

Contact Information

Nancy LaRoche-Shovak, MS, RRT
Program Coordinator
Respiratory Care Program

Brita Chambers, MEd, RRT
Director of Clinical Education
Respiratory Care Program