Train to be a licensed Respiratory Therapist in four semesters.

Respiratory Therapy is among the Best Health Care Jobs by US News & World Reports and health care organizations on the North Shore are hiring now!

Respiratory therapists are licensed health care professionals who evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis or sleep apnea. They also have the skills to respond to some emergency situations, like those experiencing a heart attack or suffering a stroke.



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Bertolon Simulation Health Care Center of Excellence

NSCC’s Respiratory Care students maintain the highest Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Exam pass rates in the state.

NSCC students receive real-time hands-on training offered through simulation labs at the Bertolon Simulation Health Care Center of Excellence. Simulation allows students to use their knowledge and skills at a high level which allows for applied learning in a safe environment.

Shaunte Killam, Respiratory Therapist Associate Degree Program

I’ve never intubated a patient in real life, so being able to go into a SIM with everything I’ve learned and apply it feels good. If I’m ever in that position again, which I’m sure I will be, I’ll have a sense of confidence that I know what I am doing.

Shaunte Killam, Class of ’21

Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree Program

Apply to NSCC’s Respiratory Care Associate Degree Program.

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If you have questions related to program admissions or applications, please contact or call 978-762-4188.

If you have program advising related questions, please contact or call 978-762-4160.



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CoARC Recipient of the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success award 2015, and 2017-2020.



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NSCC’s Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). NSCC’s program number is 200213.

NSCC’s Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.


CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. CoARC Programmatic Outcomes

North Shore Community College is an accredited nonprofit institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly NEASC-CIHE, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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