Must have a high school diploma or GED.
GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in
high school or 3.0 in college with minimum of 10 credits or
550 Battery Average on GED.
Must take the
college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no
college level courses were previously completed.
Required TEAS scores must be achieved within two attempts of taking the
English: 70 percent
Reading: 75 percent
Science: 55 percent
Math: minimum grade of B in MAT 098 or MAT 099 or place into
MAT 100 level or above.
Biology: minimum grade of
B in high school biology or B in BIO 101 (recommended) or other college
Chemistry: minimum grade of B in high school chemistry or B in CHM 090.
English: minimum grade of B in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
science courses must be taken within five years of application.
Required grade must be earned within two attempts of
taking and completing the course.
professional lecture course.
Review career video.
Clinical site visit through respiratory therapy clinical coordinator
Graduates are eligible to take credentialing examinations
offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc/ Apply for MA
licensure with the MA.D.P.H.
Respiratory care is an 18-month program which prepares its graduates for
employment as allied health practitioners in the specialty area of pulmonary
medicine. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs.
Respiratory therapists are providers of direct patient care to those with
disorders which affect the lungs and impair the ability to breathe normally.
Respiratory therapists may choose to be employed in a variety of settings,
including: acute and chronic care hospitals; long-term care and rehabilitation
centers; sleep disorders laboratories; pulmonary diagnostic clinics; medical
home care agencies; and medical equipment sales/service companies. Whatever the
setting, respiratory therapists are essential members of the health care team
who use their expertise and highly sophisticated medical equipment to assist
clients of all ages with breathing problems.
Students receive actual client care experience at clinical education sites,
which have been established at a number of healthcare facilities in the
immediate Worcester area, and within a 75 mile radius of the College. All such
experience is directly supervised by program faculty.
Graduates of the program are eligible to attempt the credentialing examinations
offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. Upon successful
completion of the process, graduates receive the registered respiratory
Licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is required to work
as a respiratory therapist within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (for more
information on licensure contract: MA Department of Public Health, Division of
Health Professions on Licensure, 239 Causeway Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200,
Boston, MA 02114. Ph: 800-414-0168).
Students wishing to enroll in the respiratory care program must have a high
school diploma or GED. A GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in high school or 3.0 in college with minimum of 10
credits or 550 Battery Average on GED is required.
All students wishing to enter the program must take the college placement
test to determine math and English levels if no college level courses have been
TEAS scores of 70 percent in English, 75 percent in reading, 50 percent in
math and 55 percent in science must be achieved within two attempts of taking
To be admitted to the program students must receive a minimum grade of B in
MAT 098 or MAT 099 or place into MAT 100 level or above; a minimum grade of B in
high school biology, BIO 101 (recommended) or other college biology class; a
minimum grade of B in high school chemistry or CHM 090; a minimum grade of B in
ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
All math and science classes must be taken within five years of application.
Required grades must be earned within two attempts of taking and completing
Students must attend one professional lecture course and review the career
A clinical site visit, scheduled through the respiratory therapy clinical
coordinator, must be completed.
All students accepted to the program must hold or obtain Health Care Provider
(Red Cross) or Professional Rescuer (American Heart Association) CPR
certification prior to beginning the clinical component of the program.
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) report and a Sex Offenders Record
Information (SORI) are required of all students accepted to the program.
Applicants for admission should be aware that a prior or current history of
criminal or sexual offense may negatively impact the applicants ability to
obtain a limited work permit while a student is in the program, and/or a license
to practice within the Commonwealth of MA after graduation. Additionally, health
care facilities which affiliate with the program reserve the right to restrict
or deny clinical privileges to a student with a prior or current history of
A Health Careers Center has been established to facilitate the entry of students
to health care programs. All students applying to the Respiratory Care program
can contact the Health Career Center 508-854-2718.
To be eligible to continue in the Program, a student must achieve a grade of C
or higher in all respiratory care courses and in PHY 103, BIO 111, BIO 112
and BIO 232. Students who have received a grade below a C in PHY 103, BIO 111,
BIO 112 and BIO 232 are required to repeat the course and obtain a grade of C
or higher by the end of the cluster/semester in which they are required or
required as a prerequisite. In addition, the student must satisfy all course and
program requirements including regulation on conduct and attendance in order to
remain in the program.
Respiratory care students should anticipate additional expenses for clinical
uniforms, professional liability insurance, parking fees at clinical sites, and
If an applicant holds the CRT (CRTT) credential awarded by the National Board
for Respiratory Care, Inc. or has successfully completed courses at a CAAHEP-accredited
school of Respiratory Care, then s/he may apply for advanced standing/credits
toward a degree from QCC. Please contact the Admissions Office for additional
information about this option.
Anatomy & Physiology I
English Composition & Literature I
Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I
Medical Lectures I
Anatomy & Physiology II
English Composition & Literature II
Physics for Respiratory Care
Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II
Medical Lectures II
Critical Care I Laboratory
Introduction to Psychology or
Psychology of Interpersonal Relations
Medical Lectures III
Critical Care II
Medical Lectures IV
Respiratory Care Seminar