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Respiratory Therapy Technology, AAS

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CIP CODE: 51.0908

AWARD: Associate of Applied Science

LENGTH: 2 Years


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). This program is G3 Eligible.

Admissions Requirements:

Admission is competitive and based on grades, performance on the College’s placement tests, interviews, and demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in an allied health care field. Students should schedule an appointment with a Counselor to discuss general admission to the college and to the respiratory therapy program. Students should complete the Allied Health application process by June 30, prior to the fall semester of desired admission. Late applicants will be considered if there are available positions in the program. Applicants must successfully complete a background check prior to final admission into the program.

For more information, visit the Respiratory Therapy webpage.

Program Requirements:

Students will complete clinicals each semester in the program at Centra facilities, the University of Virginia, and Carilion.

All students expected to complete the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate must complete an Application for Graduation. Students must graduate with an AAS degree from a CoARC-accredited program (such as The Respiratory Therapy AAS program at CVCC) to take the National NBRC TMC Exam. The AAS degree is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external exam.


The Program Pathway for Respiratory Therapy AAS is a resource for students that lists the following items:

  • The recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • Suggested course when more than one option exists
  • If the course has a prerequisite
  • Courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please Complete Program Requirements in the Order Listed:

Total Pathway Credits: 72

Total Program Credits: 72

BIO 141 has a developmental course pre-requisite of NAS 2  . Students can take NAS 2, take the NAS 2 challenge exam, or take BIO 101  . See your counselor for details. Dual enrollment students should talk to their high school guidance office or program director

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