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
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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.
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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 see THE PROGRAM information immediately below:
The Respiratory Care program is a two-year plus a six-week summer session
program accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Each
course is sequential and leads to an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory
Therapy. Please consult the college catalog for Associate Science Degree
requirements. It is highly recommended that each student request an appointment
with a college counselor to determine graduation requirements.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive an
Associate of Science Degree. Graduates are registry eligible and may take the
National Board for Respiratory Care examinations to become a Registered
Respiratory Therapist. Additionally, the successful graduate can sit for the
state licensing examination .
Please select a link below for more information on the program at Napa Valley
PROGRAM INFORMATION AND FAQs
RT Program Estimated Costs
RT Program Information Sheet
RT Program Frequently Asked Questions
Schedule Full-time Track Option
Schedule Part-time Track Option
Sample of Current Weekly Schedule
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).
Respiratory Therapy Program
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558