Respiratory Care



How to Apply

Due to limited seating, Respiratory Care requires you to complete a screening process before registering for classes in the program. Learn more about the screening criteria and deadlines from Coordinated Program Entry.

Respiratory Care Program

Respiratory care is an allied health profession specializing in diagnostic testing, therapeutic treatment and critical care support for patients suffering from life-threatening or chronic cardiopulmonary diseases. Under medical direction, Respiratory Therapists assess and treat patients, monitor and evaluate cardiopulmonary function, perform diagnostic testing and maintain life-support systems for patients in critical care settings.

The curriculum includes classroom, laboratory and supervised clinical instruction covering cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, therapeutic treatments, cardiopulmonary diagnostic technology, critical care and life-support technology for adults, children and infants, respiratory home care and pulmonary rehabilitation.

The CNM Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and prepares graduates for the Certification (CRT) and Registry (RRT) credentials by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and for Licensure (RCP) by the State of New Mexico Respiratory Care Board. The CNM Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Additional Accreditation Information and Programmatic Outcomes Data is provided by CoARC.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid MOS-68V (Respiratory Specialist), you can receive credit for courses in the Respiratory Care program by filling out the following form: