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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Information Sessions:

  Term   Date   Time   Location
  Fall 2017     October 18    3:00 p.m.    Building 900, Room 922 
  Spring 2018     February 14    3:00 p.m.    Building 900, Room 922 

Program Description:

The respiratory care associate degree program prepares graduates to work under the direction of a physician to diagnose, manage, and treat heart and lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and cardiac failure. Course work includes anatomy and physiology, basic respiratory sciences, pulmonary disease, pulmonary function studies, pulmonary rehabilitation and home care, mechanical ventilation, critical care, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Laboratory and clinical experiences assist students to connect theory to practice and to develop the critical thinking and practical skills necessary to function competently in hospitals, diagnostic labs, and physicians’ offices.

Program graduates are eligible for the entry level credential, Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the advanced practice credential, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Graduates initially take the Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC) administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). This exam has two cut scores. Achieving either the lower or higher cut score awards the CRT credential and qualifies the graduate to take the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE). Successful completion of the CSE awards the RRT credential. Some states will issue a permanent license to individuals with the entry level CRT credential. However, some states, including Georgia, require the RRT credential before issuing a permanent license.

Apply for Competitive Progression:

Respiratory Care is a competitive progression program. Students must complete all of the prerequisite courses (ENGL 1101, MATH 1111 or MATH 1101, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, PSYC 1101, CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L or CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L by the designated deadline to be evaluated for program progression. It is recommended that applicants also complete HUMA 1101. While this course is not required for program admission, it is required for program completion. The grade point average in the prerequisite courses determines the academic/ranking order for selection of students for progression to the courses with the RESP prefixes. Students who are not selected for progression should consider a program change or resubmit an application and progression form by the designated deadline for the next progression term. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. For more information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions office at (706) 771-4028. Refer to pages 15 and 16 for all program related deadlines.

Employment Opportunities:

Job opportunities are expected to be very good, especially for those who obtain a bachelors degree and obtain the RRT credential. Employment in the specialty areas of pediatrics and neonatal care, including transport services are also expected to be available. Most job openings will continue to be in hospitals. However, a growing number of openings are expected to be outside of hospitals, especially in home healthcare, physician’s offices, durable medical equipment rental firms, long-term care facilities, and in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.


Program Advisors Contact Information
 
Department Head
 

Rita Waller, MSN, RRT, RCP
Program Director

706-771-4194

rwaller@augustatech.edu

 
Clinical Education Director
 

Natasha Glover, MPH, RRT-NPR

706-771-4193

natasha.glover@augustatech.edu

Curriculum Outline

Prerequisite Courses:
YEAR 1 FALL SEMESTER
Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric       3
MATH 1101 or
MATH 1111
Mathematical Modeling or
College Algebra
      3
BIOL 2113 and
BIOL 2113L
Anatomy and Physiology I and
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
      3
      1
PSYC 1101 or
SOCI 1101
Introduction to Psychology or
Introduction to Sociology
      3
      3
 
YEAR 1 SPRING SEMESTER
Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2114 and
BIOL 2114L
Anatomy and Physiology II and
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
      3
      1
CHEM 1211 and
CHEM 1211
OR
CHEM 1151 and
CHEM 1151L
Chemistry I and
Chemistry I Lab
OR
Survey of Inorganic Chemistry and
Survey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab
      3
      1

      3
      1
BIOL 2117 and
BIOL 2117L
Introductory Microbiology and
Introductory Microbiology Lab
      3
      1
 
Progression Courses:
YEAR 2 FALL SEMESTER
Course # Course Title Credits
RESP 2090 Clinical Practice I       2
RESP 1193 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology I       7
RESP 1110 Pharmacology       3
RESP 1120 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy       3
RESP 1130 Respiratory Therapy Lab I       4
 
YEAR 2 SPRING SEMESTER
Course # Course Title Credits
RESP 2110 Pulmonary Disease       3
RESP 2100 Clinical Practice II       2
RESP 2180 Clinical Practice III       2
RESP 2120 Critical Respiratory Care       2
RESP 2130 Mechanical Ventilation and Airway Management       4
 
YEAR 2 SUMMER SEMESTER
Course # Course Title Credits
RESP 2190 Clinical Practice IV       2
RESP 2160 Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care       3
RESP 2270 Rehabilitation & Home Care       1
RESP 2150 Pulmonary Function Testing       1
RESP 2140 Advanced Critical Care Monitoring       1
HUMN 1101 or
ARTS 1101 or
ENGL 2130 or
MUSC 1101 or
THEA 1101
Introduction to Humanities or
Art Appreciation or
American Literature or
Music Appreciation or
Theatre Appreciation
      3
      3
      3
      3
      3
 
YEAR 3 FALL SEMESTER
Course # Course Title Credits
RESP 2170 Advanced Respiratory Care Seminar       3
RESP 2200 Clinical Practice V       3
RESP 2220 Clinical Practice VI       7

For Additional Information:
American Association of Respiratory Care
Be an RT: A Look at the Profession
CoARC: Program Outcomes Data
CoARC Report on Accreditation
Georgia Composite Medical Board: Respiratory Care Professional
National Board for Respiratory Care