RT-Respiratory Care

Respiratory Therapy

The goal of the Napa Valley College Respiratory Therapy Program is 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). 

Objectives for the students obtaining the Program Goals are listed as follows:
1. To understand the scope, duties, and responsibilities of the Respiratory Care profession.
2. To acquire the knowledge and technical abilities necessary to provide appropriate and quality respiratory care.
3. To develop a professional attitude in the delivery of respiratory care to the patients suffering from pulmonary disorders.
4. To understand how to developing successful working relationships with patients and staff.
5. To work effectively as a member of the health care team.
6. To participate in community and professional health organizations and services that advocate improved health care delivery.

What is a Respiratory Therapist?
Most people take breathing for granted.  It's second nature, an involuntary reflex.  But for the thousands of Americans who suffer from breathing problems, each breath is a major accomplishment.  Those people include patients with chronic lung problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, but they also include heart attack and accident victims; premature infants; and people with cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, or AIDS.

In each case, the person will most likely receive treatment from a respiratory therapist (RT) under the direction of a physician.  Respiratory therapists work to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders

Click here for the CoARC 2011 Annual Report of Current Status of Respiratory Care Programs


Information Meetings
If you are interested in finding out more about the Respiratory Care Program, please attend one of the Information Meetings. To receive an application, you must attend a meeting


Monday 9/15/14 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Room 802
Tuesday 10/14/14 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Room 802
Wednesday 11/5/14 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Room 802
Tuesday 12/9/14 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Room 802

If you are not able to arrive on time,
please plan to attend the next information meeting.


You must attend an Information Meeting in order to receive an application for the RT program. 

For more information on joining the Respiratory Therapy Program, please select the Prospective Students link on the left side of this page. 

Napa Valley College career technical education programs are open and available to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Admission requirements for Napa Valley College career technical education programs are described in the current Napa Valley College catalog. The Napa Valley College Title IX officer is Laura Ecklin, Dean of Human Resources (Phone: 707-256-7100, Room 1544). The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).

Program Director 

Kate Benscoter
Respiratory Therapy Program
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 256-7629
Office: 801-D

“The Napa Valley College Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).”
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835