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Respiratory Care

Associate of Applied Science • 65 Credit Hours

The Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Respiratory is offered in collaboration with St. Mary’s School of Respiratory Care.

Respiratory Care

The Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Respiratory Care will prepare 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).

Disclosure of Accreditation:

The St. Mary’s/Mountwest Community & Technical College
respiratory program, CoARC program number 200653, Associate of Applied Science
in Respiratory Care, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation
for Respiratory Care ( 

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of
Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through
submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self-Study Report (PSSR)
and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory
completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is
recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care
(NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with
eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program
will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing

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

Program Goals:

To prepare 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).

Program Outcomes:

Program Learning Outcomes:
1. Graduates will adhere to best practices in their discipline.
2. Graduates will analyze complex and diverse concepts, and use reason and judgment.
3. Graduates will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in academic and professional settings.
4. Graduates will interact effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and work through differences with civility.
5. Graduates will exhibit ethical leadership skills in professional practice and community service.
6. Graduates will utilize knowledge and skills related to their discipline to engage in activities that directly benefit the College or community.
7. Graduates will exhibit readiness to pursue life-long learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

This program has selective admissions processes for the program portion of the curriculum. Student will need to apply to both Mountwest and St. Mary’s for admission to the program. Please view the program admission requirements and policies below.

School of Respiratory Care Admission Requirements

All applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have a high school equivalent through GED testing. Students who have fewer than 12 hours of college credits are required to have taken the ACT examination.


Applicants who have completed at least twelve (12) college credit hours must have:

  • A minimum of C on each required non-respiratory course completed
  • An overall 2.0 GPA (C average) or better on ALL courses completed
  • An overall 2.0 GPA on all courses completed at Mountwest Community & Technical College
  • Taken twelve (12) college semester credit hours at the 100 level or above for a grade

GED applicants must:

  • Meet the criteria for GED admission as stated in the Mountwest Community & Technical College undergraduate catalog
  • Have completed at least twelve (12) college credit hours at the 100 level and earned grades of C or above
  • Meet criteria for applicants who have completed at least 12 college credit hours




Academic Requirements for Program Admission:

St. Mary’s SORC & MCTC will accept college-level course credits earned at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions that can be transferred to Mountwest Community and Technical College. 

All requested transfer credits will be assessed and acceptance of students with prior learning credentials demonstrated by coursework grades or exams. The movement of academic course credits from one college to another is usually a manual process requesting transcripts and the petition for credit.

Transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Division Dean and Program Director in which the student matriculates, and with the following provisions:

  • Mountwest Community & Technical College must receive official transcripts of all college-level work completed at other regionally accredited colleges before formal transfer credit will be awarded.  Grades earned at other institutions will not be entered into the cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Mountwest Community and Technical College.


  • Courses in which a grade of “C” or higher is earned are transferable for credit if coursework is relevant to the student’s program at Mountwest Community and Technical College with the approval of the Division Dean.


  • Credits earned at foreign post-secondary institutions may also be transferred, subject to review and approval of the Dean of the Division and Program Director in which the student matriculates.


Students applying for foreign credit transfer must submit an official evaluation of foreign educational credentials from an accredited evaluation agency.


  • Transfer students are required to complete their academic residency requirement prior to graduation.


  • The transfer evaluation is based on the declared major of the student.

Students who transfer to Mountwest Community & Technical College must complete at least their most recent fifteen (15) credit hours at Mountwest Community & Technical College to obtain an associate degree, or their most recent 6 credit hours at Mountwest Community and Technical College to obtain a certificate degree.

St. Mary’s SORC & Mountwest Community & Technical College reserves the right to suspend or expel any student who misrepresents the truth on any admissions document.

  • Applicants who wish to transfer from another Respiratory Care Program to the St. Mary’s SORC/MCTC co-operative Respiratory Care Program must:


  • Meet all current admission requirements
  • Apply at least two months prior to the expected date of enrollment
  • Notify the Program Director/Coordinator in writing, stating the anticipated entry date and reason for transfer


  • Provide evidence of successful completion of previous core Respiratory Care courses from a CoARC-accredited program


  • Provide a letter from the Program Director stating that the student is in good academic and clinical standing and is eligible to return to the Respiratory Care program they wish to transfer from


  • Acceptance of any transfer student will be dependent upon available resources.


  • Requirements for consideration of acceptance into the Advanced Placement sequence will be the same as for those students applying to the first semester of the program.


Acceptance of Advanced Placement students will be dependent upon available resources.




Section:  Academic Policies

Title:  Graduation/Completion

Policy#  SHB 6.5 –  AAS RC

Department:  CFE – AAS RC

Approved By:  AAS RC Faculty

Date Last Review/Revised:  11/22


To be eligible for graduation, a student must successfully meet the student learning outcomes of all courses in the curriculum and fulfill all financial obligations to St. Mary’s and Mountwest Community & Technical College.  Students must complete the required hours of volunteer community service prior to graduation


1.   Students must complete all procedures related to graduation, which are specified by MCTC and announced to all students by the Director or designee. For example: all students must complete graduation application forms and pay graduation fees as specified by MCTC.

2.    Students must achieve a “C” or higher in all required courses in the SORC program.

3. Students must maintain a 2.0 overall GPA at MCTC.

4. Students must complete all financial obligations of St. Mary’s and MCTC in order to be eligible to graduate from the program.

5. Students are responsible for ensuring that official transcripts of courses taken at all institutions are received by the MCTC registrar prior to graduation.


Mountwest Community & Technical College – Graduation Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to graduate from Mountwest, students must apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester, or term, in which they intend to complete graduation requirements, which include the following:


·         Earn a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours, excluding developmental hours, for degree 



·         Earn a minimum of (30) credit hours, excluding developmental hours, for certificate programs


·         Have a Mountwest GPA of 2.0 or higher


·         Have earned a C or better in ENL 111 or equivalent


·         Have a minimum of the last 15 college-level credit hours earned at Mountwest except for 

           degrees in Board of Governors, Technical Studies or Occupational Development, which only 

            requires 3 hours at MCTC and at least 12 hours at a regionally accredited institution


·               Complete any program-specific additional requirements


You must apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester or term in which you intend to complete graduation requirements.

To apply for graduation, you must first go to the Mountwest cashier and pay the graduation fee. Next, bring a copy of the receipt to the Student Services One-Stop Registration Station and complete the graduation application.

Honors Graduation

Associate degree candidates for graduation who have achieved special distinction in academic work are recognized at the graduation commencement. Their honor status is printed on their diploma. Honor status is determined by this scale for the final cumulative grade point average:

• With High Honors – 3.70 and above

• With Honors – 3.30 to 3.69

*Honor calculations are not rounded.


Transfer students must have earned at least 15 credit hours at Mountwest.  Of those, 32 credit hours must be applicable to an associate degree program, all of which were achieved at honors levels.


Section:  Academic Policy

Title:  Withdrawal Policy

Policy#  6.16

Department:  CFE – AAS RC

Approved By:  SORC Faculty

Date Last Review/Revised: 11/22



All students leaving the program other than by graduation must complete a withdrawal process.






  1. To drop any required respiratory care or non-respiratory care course, the student must meet with the Program Director. There are several courses that are prerequisites or are to be taken concurrently; therefore, a withdrawal from a course that is concurrent with another course may necessitate withdrawal from each of the courses that are considered concurrent.


  1. This may add additional time, up to one year, to complete the program and may require reapplication to the respiratory care program. Students may withdraw from an individual course until a specified date and receive a grade of “W.”


  1. Only complete withdrawals may be done after this date. Check the College calendar for specific dates. Students who withdraw from a respiratory care course must adhere to the same readmission policy as a student who has made less than a “C” in a respiratory course.


  1. The student must seek readmission by submitting a written petition to the Program Director of the School of Respiratory Care to repeat the course. Repeating students may enroll only if permission is granted and space is available.


  1. Priority is given to those students attempting a respiratory care course for the first time. If a student withdraws from Respiratory Care 100, 101, 102, 102L, they must repeat the admission process as stipulated for new students. For readmission and/or progression, a withdrawal from two respiratory care courses or withdrawal more than once from the same respiratory care course will be considered as a failure of one respiratory care course.


  1. These withdrawals do not have to occur within the same academic semester or year. If a student withdraws from a respiratory care course after the specified date for individual course withdrawal and has a theory grade less than “C” or an Unsatisfactory clinical grade at the time of withdrawal, this will be considered a failure when a student is considered for readmission and/or progression. Failure to properly withdraw from Mountwest Community & Technical College will result in an “F” for the course(s)



Formed:  9/22



Section: Academic Policy Title: Probation, Suspension, and/or Dismissal from the Program Policy #: AAS – SHB 6.15
Department: Center for Education SORC Approved by: Faculty Organization Date last reviewed/revised:  11/22
POLICY: All students in the Center for Education must follow the rules and policies of the appropriate school, conduct themselves professionally, and meet program requirements, or be placed on probation and/or dismissed from the program. PROCEDURE:
  1. The Center for Education strongly supports the standards set forth by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVBOE-RPN), the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) regarding the need for nursing students and Allied Health students to be persons of good moral character, who demonstrate responsible behaviors.
  1. Conduct derogatory to the morals or standing of health professionals may be the reason for denial of admission or dismissal from the program
  1. Irresponsible behavior or conduct denoting questionable moral character will include, but not necessarily be limited to the following:
    1. Criminal activities – e.g., DUI, misdemeanors, felonies
    2. Substance abuse – e.g., manufacture, use, distribution
c.    Cheating/dishonesty (also see policy on Academic Dishonesty) d.    Harassment e.    Domestic violence f.     Discrimination g.    Breach of patient confidentiality h.    Failure to meet responsibilities  
  1. A student whose conduct on or off campus violates school rules and/or policies, fails to meet program requirements, or fails to develop the qualities and characteristics deemed essential for the achievement of the school objectives, may be placed on probation and/or dismissed from the program. The decision to place a student on probation and/or to dismiss the student from the program is determined by the Director and appropriate faculty
  1. The faculty reserves the right to request the suspension or dismissal of any student at any time who is declared unsafe in the clinical area, who is found to have irresponsible behavior, and/or is guilty of misconduct
  1. Damage to facilities, caused by the student(s), will be assessed according to the determined cost for repair and/or replacement and charged to the student as a financial obligation.
  1. A student who is dismissed is responsible for all financial obligations to the school and university. Failure to fulfill all financial obligations to the school shall mean that the indebtedness will be turned over to the Medical Center Collection Office and the cost of the collection will be added to the indebtedness.
  Formulated: Prior to 5/02, Revised: 5/02, 5/04, 5/05, 4/08, 7/10, 7/12, 5/16, 8/18 Reviewed: 7/08, 11/08, 11/09, 7/13, 8/17; 6/19; 5/20; 8/21; 11/22

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