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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Respiratory Therapy, AS

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Major Code: 5102


The associate of science degree program in Respiratory Therapy is a cooperative program offered by Carver Career & Technical Education Center in Malden, WV and BridgeValley Community and Technical College. This is a limited enrollment program that admits one class of students each summer semester.

Federal and State Financial Aid is awarded for this cooperative program by Carver Career & Technical Education Center by Department of Education policies requiring that financial aid be administered by the institution providing 51% or more of the instructional coursework. Students accepted into this cooperative program will pay tuition directly to Carver Career & Technical Center.

Students should contact the Financial Aid Counselor at Carver Career & Technical Education Center to discuss payment options. Students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should apply using the Federal School Code for Carver Career & Technical Education Center. Students who may be receiving outside scholarships or state awarded grants should discuss these funds with the Financial Aid Counselor at Carver Career & Technical Education Center.

BridgeValley will not be permitted to process any federal aid, state aid, or scholarship awards for students accepted into cooperative programs.

To be considered for admission, applicants must first meet one of the following minimum requirement options:

Minimum Requirements:

Option 1

  1. ACT scores of: English 18, Math 19, Reading 17; SAT scores of: English 450; Math 460, Reading 420; OR Accuplacer scores of: English 88, Arithmetic Math 85, Reading 79. (Students who do not meet the SAT, ACT or Accuplacer placement scores above must take and pass the appropriate math and or English course(s) with a grade of “C” or better and any developmental/support English, reading or Math courses to meet the minimum admission requirement for math and English.)
  2. Graduate with a high school diploma. High school GPA of 2.0 OR GED scores of 410 on each subtest with an average of 450 OR TASC scores of 500 on each test subject area with the additional requirement to score at least 2 out of 8 on the Writing prompt.
  3. One high school chemistry course and one other high school science course, both with a grade of “C” or higher.

Option 2

  1. Twelve hours of college work at an accredited institution of higher learning within the past five years with a minimum grade of C in each course and a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. Courses cannot include developmental courses and must include chemistry at either the high school or collegiate level (with a grade of C or better).

In addition, both Options 1 and 2 require the following:

  1. A one-page, handwritten essay detailing reason for application to the program.
  2. Two letters of recommendation for admission into the program.


  1. Complete and submit application forms for both Carver and BridgeValley CTC.
  2. Submit either official ACT/SAT (may be on HS transcript) or Accuplacer scores.
  3. Submit Official copies of all high school transcripts OR GED/TASC Diploma.
  4. Submit Official copies of all college transcripts.
  5. Submit Carver and BridgeValley application forms (must have both), ACT/SAT/Accuplacer scores, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay and the completed Respiratory Therapy Data Sheet to Carver Career and Technical Center, 4799 Midland Drive, Charleston, WV 25306 by February 28.

Program Description

The respiratory therapy program is a cooperative program between BridgeValley Community and Technical College and Carver Career and Technical Education Center in Malden, West Virginia.

Respiratory therapy is a selective admission, limited enrollment program that admits one class per year. Successful candidates are selected by an admissions committee. Students wishing to enter this program must complete an application packet available on the BridgeValley website by February 28 of each year. The admissions committee will consider applications during two selection periods. The application deadline for priority selections is February 28 of each year. If seats are still available in the program following priority application reviews, secondary applications will be considered. The application deadline to be considered for the secondary selection period will be April 30 of each year.

Financial aid for this program is awarded through Carver Career and Technical Education Center only. An on-site financial aid counselor is available at the Carver facility.

Program Goals and Objectives

Completion of the program leads to an associate of science degree in Respiratory Therapy and eligibility for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations.

Program Assessment

The program is nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).

Transfer Baccalaureate Options

  • Health Services administration BS
  • Regents BA
  • BA Pathways


Respiratory Therapist in hospitals, asthma and allergy clinics, sleep disorders centers, skilled nursing facilities, asthma education, doctors’ offices, various clinics and research settings.

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