The Respiratory Therapy program at Catawba Valley Community College was established in 1991. This program offers career education for individuals interested in becoming a respiratory therapist. The respiratory therapist is qualified to assume primary responsibility for respiratory and cardiac care. The therapist makes patient care decisions concerning the use of life-support systems, oxygen therapy, and other breathing treatments. They also perform heart and lung studies. Upon graduation from the therapist program, the student receives the Associate in Applied Science (AAS).
Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program are eligible to apply for admission to take examinations from the National Board for Respiratory Care. Successful completion culminates in the RRT credential. This credential is required to become licensed in North Carolina.
Employment settings for graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program include hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry, and home care.
The department is housed in the Cuyler A. Dunbar building and departmental facilities include classroom and laboratory facilities as well as ValleySim Hospital and computer lab access. Maximum student enrollment per year is 15.
The respiratory therapy program is designed to be completed in five semesters although many students choose to extend their course work over a longer span of time.
The Respiratory Therapy Program CoARC #200407 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
PO Box 54876
Hurst, Texas 76054-4876
Outcomes data for the program can be found at CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree option for this curriculum.
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) allows a student who earns the Associate degree with no grade lower than a "C" to be guaranteed admission to at least one of the UNC system schools as a Junior and make a smooth transition for maximum credit transfer.
Some Associate in Applied Science degrees may transfer in full or in part to a four-year school. CVCC has agreements with certain schools to accept the AAS degree in a 2 + 2 arrangement (subject to change).
Important Note: As always, it is imperative that a student at CVCC should be in full conversation with the senior school before selecting and completing a program of study at CVCC.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Therapy may transfer to Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (bilateral agreement).
For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program, contact:
Catherine A. Bitsche, EdS, RRT-NPS, RCP Program Director
B.S., University of Oklahoma
M.A., Appalachian State University
Ed.S., Appalachian State University
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4391
Jason Elder, BS, RRT, RCP
Director of Clinical Education
B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4083
For questions regarding admissions requirements, contact:
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4216