Respiratory Therapy

Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy

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Earn your associate degree in respiratory therapy with a mix of online and in-person learning. Start working toward tomorrow’s professional opportunities in respiratory care today.

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Respiratory therapists consult with and assist physicians to diagnose, treat, and manage breathing problems and cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders. Our AS in Respiratory Therapy program is designed to assist in the development of the critical thinking skills, technical knowledge, clinical competencies, and professional approach required to evaluate patients and deliver the highest quality of respiratory care. As a student, you’ll study a wide variety of respiratory care therapies, devices, and techniques. Through labs and clinical practice, you’ll also have the chance to gain hands-on experience with respiratory therapy equipment, procedures, imaging and lab data, and patient care. Our Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy is designed to prepare graduates for national credential examinations administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Develop Essential Skills in:
  • Cardiopulmonary pharmacology
  • Mechanical ventilation and airway management
  • Emergency and critical respiratory care
  • Neonatal and pediatric respiratory care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and home care
  • Cardiopulmonary testing and sleep studies

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South College Promise

This Grant is offered to provide assistance for recent high school graduates in order to help keep student loan debt to a minimum. Qualifications are required.

TN Promise

South College is proud to offer the TNP Scholarship for those that qualify helping to offset the first 2 years of tuition with required Community Service hours.

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South College proudly participates in this program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help pay for education for military members and Veterans.

Concentrations in this Program

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

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Accreditation

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 Atlanta, Knoxville, and Pittsburgh campuses are 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, www.coarc.com. 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.

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