Program Overview

Respiratory Therapy (A45720) ---

The application deadline for Fall of 2014 is March 13 2014.

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists. In these roles, individuals perform diagnostic testing, treatments, and management of patients with heart and lung diseases. Students will master skills in patient assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include life support, monitoring, drug administration, and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings.Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take entry-level examinations from the National Board for Respiratory Care. Therapy graduates may also take Advanced Practitioner. Up to twenty five applicants are admitted annually.  Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry, and home care.  The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.  Commission on Accreditation, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas,  76021-4244, (817) 283-2835.

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Respiratory Therapy is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.


In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: uniforms, lab coat, stethoscope, scissors, hemostats, watch with a second hand, a physical examination including immunizations such as tetanus toxoid, hepatitis B, TB test, blood test e.g., rubella titer, fees for Health Care Provider Cardiac Life Support course, Advanced Cardiac Life Support course, and fees for Self-Assessment Examinations (4). The student must provide a certificate of health or accident insurance.

In order to progress in this program, students must earn a C or better in all curriculum courses. In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students may be required to submit results of a NC state or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

For More Information

The Respiratory Therapy program is in the Health& Human services Division. For more information, call the program chair at 704.330.6795

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  • Complete a CPCC application.
  • Submit high school transcripts as well as any college transcripts.
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Attend Health Sciences Counselor orientation.
  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Complete any required advancement studies classes with a C or better.
  • Complete CHM 121/121A or higher sequence college level chemistry and lab with a C or better within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants must also present evidence of good physical and mental health.

Many courses have prerequisites or corequisites; check the Course Descriptions section for details.

Education Plan