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Respiratory Therapist

The Respiratory Therapist Program a five semester course of study consisting of 76 semester hours of general education and respiratory therapist classes leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).   Comparable data related to student/graduate outcomes for this and all programs accredited by CoARC can be found at  Both didactic and clinical training are provided to enable each graduate to function as an assistant to the physician in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective respiratory therapy.  Graduates also serve as educational and therapeutic resources for patients who suffer disorders of the cardiopulmonary system.  The Program educates individuals to become respiratory therapists capable of administering respiratory care based on the application of principles and concepts involved in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases and related abnormalities, both in traditional and non-traditional settings.  Graduates are eligible to attempt both the Entry-Level Examination for Respiratory Care Practitioners and the Advanced Practitioner Examination System as administered by the NBRC.  Successful completion of these examinations earns the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential.  Graduates of this program who complete this national examination system also meet criteria for licensure in states where licensure is required.

CATALOG INFORMATION (Course Requirements)(pdf)

Contact Information

Ms. Judith Harrell
Program Director, Respiratory Therapist
Phone: (334) 556-2291

Ms. Tomi Sherlock
Secretary, Allied Health
Phone: (334) 556-2388