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September 13, 2017
November 15, 2017
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January 24, 2018

March 6, 2018

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Respiratory Therapy

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) – A45720

Career Description

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as Registered Respiratory Therapists an/or Certified 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.

Career Information

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take entry level examination from the National Board of Respiratory Care. Therapy graduates may also take the Advanced Practitioner examinations. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry, and home care. For information about Respiratory Therapy, visit


Entry Hourly Wage: $20.06 (Information Source:
Entry Hourly Wage: $19.08 (Information Source: NCWorksOnline)

Program Requirements

The Respiratory Therapy AAS Degree is a 73-credit hour program. There is a basic core of 47 credit hours. The program also consists of 27 general education credit hours.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Highly motivated to provide quality patient care to a diverse population, a strong sense of ethical behavior, ability to work well with others and effective oral and written communication skills.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Respiratory Therapy Program, contact William Mashburn, Program Director , at 910-272-3400 or