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Respiratory Care

Program Description:

The respiratory care associate degree is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of respiratory care. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Emphasis is placed upon specialized training in areas such as patient assessment, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology, medical gas therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, positive pressure ventilation, hyperinflation therapy, airway clearance, adult critical respiratory care, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Program graduates are eligible for the credential of 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 the higher cut score awards the graduate the credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and qualifies the graduate to take the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE). Successful completion of the CSE awards the graduate with the credential of RRT. Achieving the lower cut score awards the graduate with the credential of CRT. A graduate who achieves the lower cut score may repeat the TMC to achieve the higher cut score and become eligible to the CSE. Employment in most states, including Georgia and South Carolina, requires a license. Both Georgia and South Carolina recognize the CRT credential as the requirement for licensure.

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 CHEM 1211L, HUMN 1101 or ENGL 2130, or ARTS 1101, or MUSC 1101, PHYS 1110, PHYS 1110 by the designated deadline (page 15) to be evaluated for program progression. The program progression process 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. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this pro-gram. For more information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions office at (706) 771-4028. Refer to page 15 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


Clinical Education Director

Natasha Glover, MPH, RRT-NPR


Curriculum Outline

Course # Course Title Credits
General Core Courses
Year 1 Fall Semester
MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling or
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
BIOL 2113 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIOL 2113 L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
ENGL 1101 Composition & Rhetoric 3
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology or 3
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Year 1 Spring Semester
BIOL 2114 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIOL 2114 L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
CHEM 1211 Chemistry I 3
CHEM 1211 L Chemistry I Lab or 1
CHEM 1151 Survey of Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 1151 L Survey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1
BIOL 2117 Microbiology 3
BIOL 2117 L Microbiology Lab 1
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Year 2 Fall Semester
RESP 1110 Pharmacology 3
RESP 1120 Introduction Respiratory Care 3
RESP 1130 Respiratory Therapy Lab I 4
RESP 1193 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3
RESP 2090 Clinical Practice I 2
Year 2 Spring Semester
RESP 2110 Pulmonary Disease 3
RESP 2120 Critical Respiratory Care 3
RESP 2130 Mechanical Ventilation & Airway Care 4
RESP 2100 Clinical Practice II 4
RESP 2180 Clinical Practice III 4
Year 2 Summer Semester
RESP 2140 Advanced Critical Monitoring 1
RESP 2150 Pulmonary Function Testing 1
RESP 2160 Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RESP 2270 Rehabilitation & Home Care 1
RESP 2190 Clinical Practice IV 2
Year 2 Fall Semester
RESP 2170 Advanced Respiratory Care Seminar 3
RESP 2200 Clinical Practice V 3
RESP 2220 Clinical Practice VII 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
National Board for Respiratory Care