Associate in Science - Respiratory Care

The objective of the Respiratory Care Associate Degree Program is to prepare graduates who are qualified and eligible to take the entry-level examination and the advanced practitioner level examination for Respiratory Care Practitioners given by the National Board of Respiratory Care and to assume entry-level positions as competent respiratory care practitioners. Upon completion of the program and licensure, graduates will have the necessary skills and knowledge to secure employment as registry-eligible respiratory care practitioners.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor in Health Science can apply the majority of their credits towards this degree. Students should contact the Health Science Program Director for more information.

Admission Requirements

The following are the admission requirements for students applying to the Respiratory Care program. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program due to the limited number of places available. Admission is based upon completion of the respiratory care prerequisites and other requirements. If courses are in progress, acceptance will be conditional upon submission of an official transcript immediately upon completion. All requirements must be completed before enrolling in RSP 112.

  1. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin College. Applicants to the Respiratory Care Program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College.
  2. Complete the Respiratory Care Program Application. This application must include an official high school transcript or General Equivalency Diploma and official college transcripts. A sign attestation that applicant possesses the ability to perform the tasks as stated in the Essential Functions of a Respiratory Therapist must be included.

    3. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the most recent course work. College GPA is based on a minimum of 12 completed credits.

    4. Complete the required College placement evaluations. Applicants must test into ENG 101. All remedial courses must be completed before entering the program.

    5. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a "C+" or better:

    a. Chemistry - four-credit elective with lab

    b. Math 125

    c. BIO 120 or BIO 121

    d. Biology - BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology I, and BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II (Goodwin College) or equivalent completed within the last five years. (BIO 120 or BIO 121 (Goodwin College) or equivalent with a laboratory component is the prerequisite for BIO 211 (Note: Applicants meeting all other requirements can be admitted conditionally without completing BIO 212. However, this course must be successfully completed prior to starting the respiratory program)

    e. BIO 235

    6. Interview with the Program Director.

Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Microbiology taken at other accredited colleges must be equivalent to Goodwin College courses to meet these admission requirements. Courses must have been completed with a "C+" or higher. Satisfactory scores on the CLEP are also acceptable in meeting these requirements.

Respiratory Care applicants who have satisfied all of the admission criteria will be selected according to the point system as specified below:

Previous College Education


Associate Degree (60 Credits)


Bachelor's Degree


Master's Degree


Completion of Courses at Goodwin College


1 course


2 courses


3 courses


4 courses


5 courses


6 courses


7 courses


Cumulative GPA (applicable for Goodwin College courses only, based on a minimum of 12 credits)


2.7 - 3.0


3.1 - 3.4


3.5 - 3.8


3.9 - 4.0


Personal Essay

up to 5 points


up to 5 points

Total Possible Points


Accepted Students

Admitted students must submit a medical examination report by a physician which describes the student's physical and emotional health, two weeks prior to starting program. All required immunizations must be current before the start of the first clinical rotation and remain current throughout the program.

All students must successfully pass a background check and drug test before official acceptance into the Respiratory Care Program will be granted. Forms are provided by program personnel.

Program Goals

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 (RRT).

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency as a respiratory care practitioner, as described by the National Board of Respiratory Care and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care;
  2. Assist physicians in diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients affected by cardiopulmonary disorders;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate information relevant to his/her role as a respiratory care practitioner;
  4. Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role as a respiratory care practitioner;
  5. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with employer expectations for a respiratory care practitioner; and
  6. Demonstrate basic competencies in alternate care site (i.e., homecare, rehabilitation centers, and long-term mechanical ventilator centers).

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all Respiratory Care core courses with a minimum grade of "C".

2. Complete a MATH 1XX, BIO 120, CHEM 101, BIO 211, BIO 212 and BIO 235 with a minimum grade of "C+".


Associate in Respiratory Care

General Education Core - 22 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition



Communications Competency (COM)



Computer Literacy Competency (CL)



Math Competency (MATH)


BIO 211

Anatomy and Physiology I (SCI)


PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)



Cultural Competency (CU or E/P)


Non-Major Core Requirements - 8 Credits

BIO 212

Anatomy and Physiology II


BIO 235



Respiratory Major Core Requirements - 40 Credits

PHY 110

Medical Physics


RSP 110

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology


RSP 112

Principles of Respiratory Care


RSP 120

Applied Pharmacology


RSP 124

Respiratory Diagnostics and Therapeutics


RSP 153

Clinical I


RSP 133

Principles of Mechanical Ventilation


RSP 154

Clinical II


RSP 223

Fundamentals of Critical Care


RSP 231

Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I


RSP 253

Clinical III


RSP 234

Respiratory Capstone


RSP 262

Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care


RSP 254

Clinical IV


Total Credits in the Program