North Shore Community College is making changes!

You can start your application today! As always, there is no cost to apply to North Shore Community College.

For Fall 2020, most of NSCC's courses will be virtual – including online, hybrid, and videoconference – to ensure our community's safety and maintain social distancing. Targeted courses that need to occur face-to-face on campus will occur predominantly in lab based classes, using social distancing protocols.

Train to be a licensed Respiratory Care Therapist and help save lives

Ranked by US News and World Report as 21st among 2018’s 100 Best Jobs, respiratory therapists are licensed health care professionals who evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Working closely with physicians, respiratory therapists are actively involved in the daily care of their patients by teaching and promoting respiratory health, administering therapy, working on the "code team" performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or helping to improve the quality of life of people with breathing disorders. Respiratory therapists measure patients’ lung capacity, set up and monitor ventilator equipment, test patients for lung abnormalities, and assist patients with rehabilitative exercises.

NSCC's Respiratory Care program is full. Fall 2020 application period is closed.

Respiratory therapists work in:

Nursing homes
Home care agencies
Respiratory therapy clinics
Emergency centers


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

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 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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