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 (A.A.S.) Degree.
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 5 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.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Outcomes data for the program can be found at www.coarc.com/47.html
Refer to the Respiratory Therapy Admission Packet (located top right of this webpage) for estimated additional program costs.
Applicants must complete all Minimum Admission Requirements (MARs) each year by March 15 to be considered for admission. See the Respiratory Therapy Admissions Packet found on the right side of this page for more information regarding admission to the Respiratory Therapy program at CVCC.
Catherine A. Bitsche, EdS, RRT-NPS, RCP Program Director
B.S., University of Oklahoma;
M.A., Appalachian State University
Ed.S., Appalachian State University
Tel: 828.327.7000 Ext 4391
Jason Elder, BS, RRT, RCP
Director of Clinical Education
B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Tel: 828.327.7000 Ext 4083
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