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2024-25 Academic Catalog 
2024-25 Academic Catalog

Respiratory Care - RSPC.AS

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Mission Statement: The Springfield Technical Community College Respiratory Care Program is committed to the development of competent respiratory care professionals through rigorous academic and clinical learning, fostering critical thinking, encouraging professional leadership and mastery of practice, while instilling ethical values and appreciation of diversity.

Students in the Springfield Technical Community College Respiratory Care program affiliate with many outstanding medical facilities including Hartford Hospital, Baystate Medical Center,Baystate Franklin Hospital, Baystate Wing Hospital,Trinity Health Care - Mercy Medical Center,Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Western Mass Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center.

Respiratory Care is a health specialty involved in the treatment, management, diagnosis and care of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction. The respiratory care practitioner is an expert in the use of therapeutic gases, ventilatory support, bronchopulmonary drainage, breathing exercises, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, aerosol administration, hyperinflation therapy, medications, humidification, and maintenance of natural, artificial, and mechanical airways. Respiratory care practitioners are also involved in diagnostic testing, monitoring, treatment, education, sales, and research. These include the measurement of lung volumes, pressures, flows, blood gas analysis, electrocardiograms, stress testing, sleep studies, smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and asthma management.

Respiratory care offers the chance to work closely with patients and other health care practitioners in a career which is both personally and financially rewarding.

The graduate practitioner will find a health care system that is changing and expanding. In many areas of the health care system, a multi-skilled practitioner will be needed. The graduate respiratory care practitioner will be this person. While the greater number of graduates work in hospitals or hold teaching positions, the future undoubtedly will see openings in industry, rehabilitation centers, home care companies, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, and individual businesses.

Click here to view a list of current local job opportunities.


Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Respiratory Care will be awarded.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

This program is sponsored by the College in cooperation with area hospitals, pulmonary rehabilitation programs, long-term care facilities, and home care agencies. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC). The STCC Respiratory Care program number is 200081.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690


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. For more information on accreditation and specific programmatic outcomes please use the following link.  


Program Goals

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

Applying to this Program

  • The application review process will begin after March 31 of the acceptance year and will continue until the program is full.                              
  • Fall start only, day program only
  • This is a competitive program, a maximum of 18 students accepted each fall.  Student applications will be evaluated and scored based on the admission pre-requisites as noted below. 

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Proof of High School transcript, GED or HISET
  • English
    • Completion of 4 years of high school English (grade of C or higher) ; OR
    • Placement examination score  at ENG-101   level: OR
    • Successful completion of ENG-095  or a college level English (grade of C or higher)
  •  Math
    • HS Algebra 2 (grade of C or higher within 7 years) OR
    • Successful completion of Algebra 2, MAT-097  or Pre-College Algebra MAT 063   or college level (100 or higher) math course from an accredited college (grade of C or higher, within 7 years) ; OR
    • Placement examination score at (Accuplacer) MAT-101 or (ALEKS) MAT-100p or higher (within 7 years)
  •  Medical Terminology
    • Completion of a 3 credit, college level Medical Terminology from an accredited college (grade of C or higher); OR
    • Passing score on the STCC MED-100  challenge exam
  • Biology
    • Anatomy & Physiology 1, BIO-231  (grade of C or higher, within 5 years)
  • Admission Checklist
    • In order to strengthen your application, it is strongly recommended you submit this document along with all other requirements.
    • Select one of the following two options:
      • Paper Checklist (click here to download/print, can be mailed or emailed to Admissions office) OR
      • Electronic (E-FORM) Checklist (to be completed and submitted online) 
        • STCC students (currently enrolled) click here for the electronic/online checklist
        • Potential students (not currently enrolled at STCC) click here for the electronic/online checklist.
  • Courses with designated time frames must be current from the start of the program. (fall of application year)
  • Mid-semester grades for prerequisite and required spring courses will be considered. Students requesting consideration for course work being performed outside of STCC must submit a mid-term grade report to the Admissions office along with their application. Correspondence should be sent to admissions@stcc.edu. Please note, Spring 2 courses do not post mid-term grades.
  • Conditional acceptances will be given for applicants who have incomplete courses in the spring semester. The condition will state what final grade must be earned to gain full acceptance. Students not meeting stated conditions will not be granted admission to the program.
  • The following are examples of how to strengthen your application for admission
    • Anatomy & Physiology 2, (C or higher, within 5 years)
    • College-level Microbiology (C or higher within 5 years)
    • College-level English Composition 1 & 2
    • College-level Psychology
    • Students currently enrolled AND/OR who have completed 12 credits of liberal arts/general education and science courses at STCC.
    • Work experience in a health care setting (please submit the Healthcare Experience Verification Form  with your application)
    • Previous college degree (Associate degree or higher)

Applying for Re-Admission to this Program

If a student leaves a health program for any reason, and intends to re-enter the following academic year into the semester in which they left, the student must follow the readmission process as outlined in the School of Health & Patient Simulation Readmission Policy. 

Click here  to see full policy and procedures.

The student seeking readmission to a health program must submit a Letter of Intent to Return, to the Dean of Health & Patient Simulation Office (Building 20/Room 320) and to the Program Director, by November 16 for consideration for return in the spring semester, and by February 1 for consideration for return in the fall semester. These dates may change from year to year.

If a student intends to return to a health program after one full academic year has passed, the student must apply as a new applicant through the college admissions website https://www.stcc.edu/apply/.  

All students must follow the readmission policy and guidelines of their specific department/program.

Additional Requirements for Accepted Students

Deposit: If offered admission, a non-refundable $50.00 deposit will be required to secure your acceptance to this Program.

Mandatory Health Records:  All required health records, immunizations, and physicals MUST be filed in the STCC Health and Wellness Center by July 1 for students being admitted in the Fall semester and no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the program for students being admitted in the Spring semester of the admission year. The Health and Wellness Center is located in Building 19 Room 177 (413-755-4230). For additional information and required forms please visit the Health and Wellness Center website at http://www.stcc.edu/healthservices. The college/program reserves the right to rescind the admission status of any student not meeting, as well as not submitting, all post-admission requirements in a timely manner. 

Background Check: College programs involving potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, including fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship, externship, or field placement) with a private or public healthcare provider or daycare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to: Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients, particularly members of vulnerable populations.

Students choosing not to consent to the required background checks will be ineligible to participate in fieldwork involving vulnerable populations. Ineligibility to participate in fieldwork may affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the program.

Based upon the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student’s ability to successfully complete program requirements. Background checks are reviewed by the College’s CORI Board. The CORI Board determines eligibility to participate in academic and/or clinical activities.

Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or for employment upon program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for a particular healthcare or other service profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.



Programmatic Technical Standards: Technical Standards reflect performance abilities and essential skills that a student must demonstrate in order to successfully complete the requirements of a specified program.  These Standards must be satisfied by all students in all aspects of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including in the classroom, laboratories, and externship. If you are an individual with a documented disability who seeks reasonable accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at (413) 755-4785 or stop by Building 19, Room 141 as soon as practicable for information concerning the College’s accommodation process. Additional information can also be found on the Office of Disability Service’s website: https://www.stcc.edu/resources/academic-support/ods/. Please note that Program Technical Standard forms found in your admission acceptance packet must be submitted to the Health and Wellness Center by July 1. The Health and Wellness Center is located in Building 19, Room 177 and can be reached at (413) 755-4230.  

Drug Screening:The School of Health & Patient Simulation is committed to providing high quality education and excellent clinical experiences to students in the health professions. Students are expected to perform at their highest functional level during all educational and clinical experiences in order to maximize the learning environment and ensure patient safety. Thus a student’s performance at all times must be free of any impairment caused by prescription or non-prescribed drugs including alcohol, marijuana, and cannabis-derived products. Students enrolling in Health Professions programs are required to undergo and pass a drug screening analysis in order to be eligible for placement in a clinical facility. STCC student program fees cover the cost of this screening. Additional scheduled and random drug and/or alcohol screenings may be required depending upon clinical facility and/or program guidelines. 

Students who are notified of a negative-dilute result will submit to an observed urine drug test within 24 hours of the previous test (or soonest appointment made available to STCC Health Compliance by the testing agency) in order to confirm the negative or positive finding status of the drug screening. If a student continues to receive a negative-dilute or inconclusive drug screening result, the subsequent drug test will be of the hair collection method until a conclusive negative or positive result is confirmed.

Students with a positive drug screening may challenge the results by filing a written appeal to the College’s Director of Health Compliance within five (5) business days of notification of the test results. An appeal by a student who claims that the positive test was due to a prescription drug and was unable to clarify this matter with the medical review officer (MRO) from the drug testing lab shall include evidence from a health care provider of the type of prescription, dates of permissible use and dosage amounts. Students may be responsible to pay for additional drug screening conducted as part of an appeal. Students excluded from a program due to a positive screening, failure to submit appeal, denied appeal, or refusal to submit to a screening may re-apply for re-entry into a program after one year. Requests for re-admission will be considered on a case by case basis and in accordance with the program criteria.

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Program Requirements and Advancement

  • Minimum Grade Requirements: To continue in the progression of courses offered in the Respiratory Care program no grade lower than a “C” (73) will be accepted toward graduation. Students not meeting this grade requirement in any course will be withdrawn from the program. Failure in an affiliation course will result in dismissal from the program. Grades lower than “C” (73) will not be accepted for transfer credit.
  • Program Length and Hours: This curriculum includes a summer session, clinical hours may deviate from published class times.
  • Graduates of this accredited program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • Students must adhere to the strict attendance policy in lecture, lab and practicum in order to graduate.
  • Students will be re-admitted to the program one time only.
  • Colby-Sawyer Transfer Opportunity-Graduates of the Respiratory Care program will have an opportunity to transfer their STCC credit to Colby-Sawyer to earn an on-line Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy.  Click here to learn more!

(RSPC.AS) Curriculum

Program Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Scott Frink Assistant Professor/Department Chair 20/302D 413-755-4878 smfrink@stcc.edu
Giuseppina Znoj Respiratory Instructor/Academic Coordinator of Clinical Ed. 20/302B 413-755-5707 gznoj2001@stcc.edu

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