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Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy

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Keys to Success

The AS in Respiratory Therapy program is designed to prepare graduates to attempt national credential examinations administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). Our program can be completed in as little as 2 years full-time with a mix of online and in-person learning at our Knoxville campus.

You May Enjoy This Line of Study if You…

  • Are drawn to the areas of science and healthcare
  • Want to help patients with heart and lung conditions or diseases
  • Excel at on-the-spot critical thinking and problem solving
  • Can picture yourself working in a hospital, ER, lab, or home care
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Additional Program Information

Accreditation or Approval

South College is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program.  However, South College can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC.

The South College Knoxville Campus is seeking accreditation of an AS in Respiratory Therapy education program from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 264 Precision Blvd., Telford, TN 37690, 817-283-2835, The program will submit a Provisional Accreditation Self-Study Report (PSSR). Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Provisional Accreditation status. Achievement of Provisional Accreditation is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Provisional Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, through achievement of Provisional Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress towards accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and published via the institution website each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

Success At South College

Domika Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

I have had nothing but a positive experience here because I have all the tools and help needed. Stay focused and dreams can come true!

- Domika Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Jose Calderon Lopéz, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The professors made me feel I was always in a safe environment. I can already feel doors opening for me as I continue in the nursing program. The impact we will have to the community is something I look forward to. Nursing school has changed my life completely.

- Jose Calderon Lopéz, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Jordan Tennessen, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

I'm learning real world skills that I can apply immediately upon graduating. I will feel more prepared to hit the ground running as a new nurse grad. My other career is in the Air National Guard, and it is important to me to be prepared to place my service first. South College has been very supportive along the way.

- Jordan Tennessen, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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