Respiratory Therapy (A.A.S.)

Currently there is a waiting list for admission into the Respiratory Therapy Program. You will not be able to apply directly to the program. All potential RTT students must contact the department hlt@bmcc.cuny.edu with their name and address to be placed on the waiting list. The department will e-mail you back to confirm that your email was received and provide additional information regarding the program. The current waiting list is for Fall 2021.

The Respiratory Therapy Program will provide you with the necessary skills and experience to become competent respiratory therapists. You will receive specialized training in the clinical care of patients with cardio-respiratory problems. See the Respiratory Therapy Student Handbook for more information about the program.

Upon completing the requirements listed below, students receive the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and are eligible to take the Certification and Registry Examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc.

The Respiratory Therapy Technology (RTT) Program is a two-year, 5 semester 73 credit full-time day program offered through the Allied Health Sciences Department at BMCC. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Program Policies

Starting in the fall 2009 semester, in order to be admitted into the Program, students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Permanent Residency.
  • International Student with F1 status.
  • Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. Government.

In order to maintain eligibility in the program, students must attain an average of “C” or better in all RTT courses. Students who fail any Respiratory Therapy course may repeat such course only once. Students who have been academically dismissed must attain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or above in order to re-enter the Respiratory Therapy program. BMCC students wishing to transfer into Respiratory Therapy must also have attained a GPA of 2.0 or above.

NOTE: Admission to the RTT sequence occurs in September only. All students must complete any remedial requirements prior to admission to the RTT sequence. All students are required to show proof of physical examination, per New York State Department of Health requirements for hospital personnel.

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there without any loss of credits.

Academic Program Maps

Required Common Core

BIO 109 (General Biology)
BIO 111 (Human Biology)
BIO 210 (Biology I)
BIO 220 (Biology II)
BIO 240 (Genetics)
BIO 260 (Cell Biology)
BIO 420 (Microbiology)
GLY 210 (Geology I)
PHY 110 (General Physics)
PHY 210 (Physics I)
PHY 220 (Physics II)
13
Total Required Common Core

Flexible Core

BIO 111 (Human Biology)
BIO 210 (Biology I)
BIO 220 (Biology II)
BIO 240 (Genetics)
BIO 260 (Cell Biology)
BIO 420 (Microbiology)
GLY 210 (Geology I)
PHY 110 (General Physics)
PHY 210 (Physics I)
PHY 220 (Physics II)
7
Total Flexible Core
20
Total Common Core

Respiratory Therapy Curriculum Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

BIO 420 (Microbiology)
53
Total Curriculum Credits
73
Total Program Credits