The Respiratory Care associate degree program 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.
The program emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pulmonary and cardiac pharmacology, medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, positive pressure ventilation, incentive spirometry, patient assessment, postural drainage, percussion/vibration, assessment of diseases and conditions, critical respiratory care, advanced critical care monitoring, pulmonary function testing, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care.
Program graduates receive a Respiratory Care Associate Degree of Applied Science which qualifies them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license. The only way to obtain a license is to successfully pass NBRC board exams.
Students may enter the Respiratory Care degree program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 6 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 81 semester credit hours.
For more information on Respiratory Care professions, please visit the following websites:
National Board for Respiratory Care
American Association for Respiratory Care
Georgia Society for Respiratory Care
Georgia Composite Medical Board
Individuals wanting to enroll in the Respiratory Care degree program must have good work ethics, be people oriented and possess great organizational skills. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.
Offered at the Following Campus
South Campus (Dublin)
$33,696.00 – $60,748.00
Tuition & Fees: $10,086.00
Books & Supplies: $4,500.00
Malpractice Insurance: $11.00
Drug Screen: $39.00
Criminal Background Check: $49.50
BLS for Healthcare Provider: $7.00
Testing Fee (RESP 2170): $41000
ACLS Certification: $10.00
Testing Fee (RESP 2180): $410.00
Testing Fee (RESP 2190): $410.00
NPR Certification: $40.00
Clinical Fees: up to $500.00
Science Lab Fees: $100.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)
Graduates of the Respiratory Care degree program can find a variety of employment opportunities in hospitals, home health companies, physicians’ offices, pulmonary function laboratories, and medical equipment sales.
- Submit a completed application and application fee;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.
Competitive Admission Requirements
Students must complete an application to compete for their name to be placed on the list of potential program students. If more students apply to compete than there are seats available, the competitive process is followed with the exception of PSB testing.
For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.