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Respiratory Therapy

Learn in TCC’s state-of-the-art facilities and on the job

If you have a passion for helping others and want to be in a growing field with a balanced blend of technology and patient interaction, consider becoming a respiratory therapist with TCC’s award winning nationally accredited program. You will learn in a state-of-the-art high-fidelity simulation laboratory and classroom that allows students to make critical decisions and develop their problem-solving ability with immediate feedback from faculty. Respiratory therapists are in high-demand with associate degree graduates earning a median of $62,581, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

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Virginia Beach Campus
Associate of Applied Science - Respiratory Therapy

The curriculum focuses on the patient assessment and treatment of premature infants to geriatric patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders. Respiratory therapy students concentrate their efforts in the critical care setting with an emphasis on hands-on experience in mechanical ventilation, drug administration and equipment and procedures, in a state of the art simulation lab and clinical rotations that prepare them for handling major life- threatening illnesses and trauma situations.

Additional Program Information:

The TCC Respiratory Therapy Program, COARC program number 200275, awarding an Associate degree in Applied Science on the Virginia Beach Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).


The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy prepares students to take the examinations to become a registered respiratory therapist.

Admission to the respiratory therapy program is selective and requires a separate Health Professions Application in addition to general admission to the college.

To qualify for this competitive program, you will need to complete and submit your application by January 15 for summer admission.

Applicants must also attend a mandatory open house session, which is held the third Thursday of each month (except December) at 3 p.m. at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

*Until further notice, Open House Information Sessions will be held virtually by watching a Voice-Over PowerPoint. The link to the PowerPoint can be obtained by emailing the Program Director, Denise Bieszczad at For more information review the program information packet.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the respiratory therapy program.

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To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

CoARC assesses programmatic outcomes using performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3-year time period being reported;
  • CRT credentialing success;
  • RRT credentialing success;
  • Attrition
  • Job placement
  • Overall graduate satisfaction;
  • Overall employer satisfaction;
  • On-time graduation rate;
  • Total number of program enrollees;
  • Total number of program graduates;
  • Maximum annual enrollment

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This program prepares students to sit for professional exams and/or apply for professional licensure that is required for employment in the related occupation in Virginia. If you live or move outside of Virginia, you must consult with the program lead to confirm whether the program will meet your state’s requirements prior to enrolling in courses. Visit this website to learn more.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:
  • have excellent communication skills
  • enjoy working with patients
  • don't mind working on your feet