Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility/Program Requirements

Q. Are there any special qualifications or prerequisites required?

A. Completion of MED 120 or MED 121 earning at least a grade of “C” prior to the application deadline will permit applicants to apply an additional two points to the cumulative application score.  In addition, candidates must also complete the ATI TEAS examination and be in good physical and mental health.  Applicants will need to meet a minimum adjusted individual score of 70% in the reading section of the exam to be considered for admission to the program.  Students will also need to achieve an overall application score of 18 or higher to be considered for admission to the program.

Review the Essential Functions necessary to complete the program and adequately perform the expected job duties required for respiratory therapists.

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Program Overview

Q. How long will it take to finish the degree?

A. The program is 24 months (five semesters) long, but students are advised to take the general college courses prior to program entry.

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Q. What hours of the day are classes held?

A. Classes are offered during traditional hours from 8a - 3:30p throughout the week.  Clinical rotations are typically between the hours 7a - 2p. However, clinical hours will vary depending on clinical practice course.

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Q. What types of subjects will I study?

A. Anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pathology, respiratory science, critical care, clinical practices, monitoring procedures and respiratory technology.  General education courses (non RCP courses) listed under the Education Plan for Respiratory Therapy may be completed before entering the program.

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Q. Are there any special tools or supplies required?

A. Uniforms, stethoscope, and other clinical tools, physical examination, health or accident insurance and immunizations.

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Q. How much will it cost for the program?

A. Please refer to the Program Costs & Scholarships page for more information.

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Q. How do I apply for financial aid?

A. Please follow the link provided to find information regarding financial aid, grants and scholarships:

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Q. Could I transfer into a bachelor's program after completing my A.A.S. degree?

A. Students have the opportunity to matriculate into UNCC's Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Therapy by meeting the program's criteria:

  • Hold a current unencumbered license as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in North Carolina or in the state of current employment
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better from your associate degree program that is a CoARC  accredited associate respiratory therapy program within a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn at least a C in all coursework taken by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which application is made

For more information, please refer to CPCC's Transfer Resource Center website.

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    Q: What are the requirements for criminal background checks and drug screenings for students in the program?

    A: Criminal Background Check and Drug screen: All accepted students are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen. Procedural information concerning these requirements will be provided upon acceptance.

    • Note: Criminal background checks (CBCs) and drug screens are required by clinical agencies/healthcare systems. If a student is refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive CBC or drug screen, the student will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program.

    Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Single Stop at 704.330.2722 ext.: 6435 or email to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.

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      Q. Where can I get more information?

      A. Contact the Health and Human and Services Division at 704-330-6145 or the Respiratory Therapy Program Director at 704-330-6081.

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      Respiratory Therapy Profession

      Q. What types of jobs are available with this degree?

      A. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home care, Respiratory Therapy educational programs, medical equipment sales company, respiratory department management in the hospital and as a member of a rescue flight team.

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      Q. What is the expected job growth in the field?

      A. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Respiratory Therapists is very good. "Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012, because of substantial growth in numbers of the middle-aged and elderly population—a development that will heighten the incidence of cardiopulmonary disease."

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