Application Deadline: The Last Friday in February for September entering class.
All students must fulfill clinical requirements as stipulated by the Director of Clinical
Education. Full-day clinical sessions (8-hour shifts) occur during the fall-spring
intersession (December/January) of the first year, and during the entire five-week
second summer session between the first and second years of the Program. Other partial-day
clinical sessions run during regularly scheduled class sessions in the fall and spring
semester of the second year of the Program. Although most clinical sessions are scheduled
during the day, students may be scheduled for clinical rotations during day, evening,
or night shifts at the discretion of the Director of Clinical Education. Prospective
students are reminded that they must be available to attend all such required clinical
sessions, and that they must provide their own transportation to and from such clinical
rotations, which are held off campus at local affiliating institutions.
To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Care Program the following are required:
- Academic Performance:
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an aptitude in science and mathematics.
The following is required: Upper 50% of high school class, or, if applying with previous
college work, a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 with a minimum grade
of “C” in each prerequisite course in math, biology and chemistry.
- Prerequisite courses:
- Two years of pre-college math. (Students may substitute MAT 109 at NCC or other course
as approved by the Program Director.)
- High school biology and chemistry (or their college equivalents such as BIO 101 and
CHE 107; AHS 131 or its equivalent may be used to fulfill the biology prerequisite).
- All remedial courses as determined by the NCC placement exam given through the College
Admissions Office must be completed prior to beginning the Program. Placement into
remedial course(s) removes applicant for current Program entry.
- Observation Experience & AARC Career Video
To ensure a realistic understanding of what the profession is like, candidates must
visit and observe an acute care hospital respiratory care department, including observation
of professional duties in both critical care and non-critical care environments.
Any general acute care hospital of the candidate’s choice may be used for such observation.
Candidates must make an appointment for such visitation by contacting the Technical
Director or a manager of Respiratory Care at the hospital selected. The observation
experience must be documented in writing on the Observation Experience Documentation Form and must be submitted in hard copy to Admissions along with the NCC application (new students) or along with the Respiratory Care Program Transfer application (current students). At the time of their personal interview, eligible candidates
must also verify that they have viewed the American Association for Respiratory Care’s
“Life and Breath” career video available at the AARC’s website.
- Technical Standards
All individuals admitted to the Program must be capable of meeting the Program’s published
- Background Checks
Students who are conditionally accepted into the Program must obtain and pass an approved
criminal background check prior to final acceptance. The cost of the authorized background
check is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and cannot be reimbursed by the
Program or College. (Policy on Mandatory Criminal Background Checks for Candidates for Admission)
New students are admitted into the day division only in the fall semester of each
year. Respiratory Care is not offered in the evening. If accepted into the Program,
students must successfully complete MAT 109 (or its equivalent) and ENG 101 or ENG
108 (or their equivalents) prior to attendance in the fall.
Change of Program Applicants
An application requesting transfer from other majors at Nassau Community College into
the Respiratory Care Program is available in the Allied Health Science Department,
Building E, Room 2225 and online. Completed applications can be returned to the Allied Health Science office (E2225)
or to a Respiratory Care Program advisor. It is strongly recommended that interested
candidates meet with an advisor of the Respiratory Care Program as soon as possible
to discuss future course selection. An interview with the Respiratory Care Program
Admissions Committee will be scheduled during the spring semester for eligible candidates.
An application for admission to Nassau Community College is available in the Admissions
Office and online. An interview with the Respiratory Care Program Admissions Committee will be scheduled
during the spring semester for eligible candidates once the application is complete.
Advanced Standing & Professional Course Transfer
he Respiratory Care Program at Nassau Community College does not automatically accept
Respiratory Care courses and/or credits from other Respiratory Care programs as an
NCC Respiratory Care Program professional course equivalent, or offer transfer students
automatic “advanced” Program standing for coursework completed at other institutions
or for holding the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certified Respiratory
Therapist (CRT) credential.
Credit for professional respiratory care courses recently and successfully completed
at other fully accredited respiratory care programs may be transferrable for first
year NCC Respiratory Care Program courses which are deemed substantially equivalent
by the Admission Committee. Policy on Professional Course Transfer & Advanced Standing
Students in the Respiratory Care Program must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
In addition, they must receive a grade of "C" or better in all core courses and in
each individual segment of the Program (i.e., lecture, laboratory, and clinical).