Respiratory Program Graduates Largest Class Ever

In May, NCC held a Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the Respiratory Care associate degree program. The 20 students who received their class pin represent NCC’s largest graduating Respiratory class ever.

The ceremony took place in the Culinary Arts Dining Room in the West Campus building. The students, their professors, families and friends attended.

Respiratory Therapist is one of the fastest-growing occupations today.

NCC’s Respiratory Care program is a high-tech, direct patient care profession. This field is a life-supporting, life-enhancing allied health care profession practiced under qualified medical direction. Services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring and rehabilitation. Respiratory care services are provided in all health care facilities and in the home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 16 million adults living in the U.S. with health conditions that limit air flow and cause breathing problems. By 2020, the majority of Baby Boomers will be in their mid-50s and more susceptible to breathing impairments including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 23.4 percent employment growth for respiratory therapists through 2026.