The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.
Important Note: There is no in-person Information Session for this program. You are required to include the code provided during the online session on your application as proof of completion.
- Information Packet (PDF)
- Virginia Math Placement Test (VPT) (PDF)
- Request for Evaluation of Transcript Form (PDF)
- International Transcript Evaluation Process (PDF)
Phone: 703.822.6557, Medical Education Campus, Room 239
About the Respiratory Therapy Program
Purpose: To prepare graduates to demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
The AAS Degree in Respiratory Therapy is a 5-consecutive semester program that begins each Fall Semester. The respiratory care practitioner is primarily a bedside caregiver. The curriculum is designed to prepare students as effective members of the health care team in assisting with diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Entry Level examination leading to certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and state licensure. The student is prepared to take the advanced level examinations leading to a registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The program has met the national standards for Respiratory Therapy education set by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). NOVA respiratory therapy graduates have achieved high passing percentages on national board examinations and enjoy many employment opportunities. This information is available at http://www.coarc.com/47.html.