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: “To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).”   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.

Manchester Community College 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 MCC’s superb pass rate on the RRT credentialing exam. The college’s program has previously been recognized by CoARC in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
817-283-2835,  Ext. 107

Find out about a career in Respiratory Care.

View the Program Curriculum

Application to Program

In addition to completing the college application, students who are interested in pursuing a career in Respiratory Care are required to fill out a separate Respiratory Care Application (also available by calling the Admissions office at 860-512-3210) and return it the Health Careers Office, LRC A237.

Contact Information

Nancy LaRoche-Shovak
Program Coordinator
Respiratory Care Program

Kerry McNiven
Director of Clinical Education
Respiratory Care Program