Respiratory Care

Program Overview

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

Completion of Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s CoARC-accredited Respiratory Care program meets educational requirements to apply for a Respiratory Care professional license in Georgia.

Career Traits/Requirements

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)

Salary Potential

$33,696.00 – $60,748.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $10,086.00
Books & Supplies: $4,500.00

Additional Fees

Malpractice Insurance:  $11.00
Drug Screen:  $42.00
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
BLS for Healthcare Provider:  $7.00
Testing Fee (RESP 2090):  $358.75
ACLS Certification:  $10.00
Testing Fee (RESP 2160):  $358.75
PALS:  $10.00
Testing Fee (RESP 2190):  $358.75
NRP Certification:  $40.00
Clinical  Fees:  up to $500.00
Science Lab Fees:  $100.00
Testing Fee (RESP 2220):  $358.75
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.

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.

Access links and forms for Competitive Admissions Programs.

Access the Respiratory Handbook

Articulation Agreements

For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.



Course Overview

  • GENERAL EDUCATION CORE (Required minimum: 15 Semester Hours)
  • AREA I - Language Arts/Communication
  • ENGL1101Composition and Rhetoric3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA II - Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC1101Introductory Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
  • MATH1111College Algebra3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CHEM1151Survey of Inorganic Chemistry3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CHEM1151 LSurvey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Choose one of the following:
  • ENGL2110World Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ENGL2130American Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2113Anatomy and Physiology I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2114Anatomy and Physiology II3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2117Introductory Microbiology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2117LIntroductory Microbiology Lab1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • RESP1110Pharmacology3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • RESP1120Introduction to Respiratory Therapy3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • RESP1130Respiratory Therapy Lab I4 credit hours120 contact hours
  • RESP1193Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • RESP2090Clinical Practice I2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • RESP2100Clinical Practice II2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • RESP2110Pulmonary Disease3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • RESP2120Critical Respiratory Care2 credit hours45 contact hours
  • RESP2130Mechanical Ventilation and Airway Management4 credit hours120 contact hours
  • RESP2140Advanced Critical Care Monitoring1 credit hours30 contact hours
  • RESP2150Pulmonary Function Testing1 credit hours30 contact hours
  • RESP2160Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • RESP2170Advanced Respiratory Care Seminar3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • RESP2180Clinical Practice III2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • RESP2190Clinical Practice IV2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • RESP2200Clinical Practice V3 credit hours135 contact hours
  • RESP2220Clinical Practice VI7 credit hours315 contact hours
  • RESP2270Rehabilitation and Home Care1 credit hours30 contact hours