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The Respiratory Therapy program prepares an individual to perform the staff responsibilities of the respiratory care profession. General education courses and respiratory care courses which include supervised clinical experience in area hospitals make up the building blocks of this exciting curriculum. All respiratory therapy courses are taught at the Knox County campus.

Along with the general entrance requirements of the Allied Health Sciences programs, the applicants for Respiratory Therapy must also:

  1. Obtain a GPA of 2.75 or greater in the in the general education courses required in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum.
  2. Complete BIOL 2010 Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of "C" or better.
  3. Obtain a “C” or better in each required science course.
  4. Complete ten (10) hours of clinical observation in area respiratory therapy departments. Students should contact the program director for more information. A completed observation form must be sent back to the program director prior to the application deadline. The form for documentation of observation hours may be obtained from the Allied Health Sciences admissions technician, Admissions and Records Office or Respiratory Therapy faculty.
  5. Only respiratory therapy courses which were completed within three years prior to applying for admission or readmission will be considered for transfer. Science courses more than ten years old will not be considered.

Students that have been admitted into the program must attend an orientation to the Respiratory Therapy program prior to the first day of class. Students must submit physical examination forms at this time. Students who fail to attend orientation or submit physical examination forms and CPR certification may be dropped from the program. Proof of CPR certification must be submitted prior to beginning RTT 132.

All students must pass a mock written registry  to graduate from RSCC. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the credentialing examinations offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

These classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.

BIOL 2010 Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry I 4
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
MATH 1130 College Algebra (or higher level math) 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3
    Group Total 24
First Year    
RTT 121 Cardio-Renal Anatomy & Phys 4
RTT 122 Respiratory Care Science I 4
RTT 123 Respiratory Pharmacology 2
RTT 131 Pathology of Respiratory Disease I 2
RTT 132 Respiratory Care Science II 6
RTT 220 Respiratory Science III 4
RTT 231 Pathology of Resp. Disease II 2
    First Year Total 24
Second Year    
EMT 2170 Comprehensive Adv Cardiac Life Support 3
RTT 230 Respiratory Care Science IV 6
RTT 235 Neonatal and Pediatric Care 3
RTT 245 Respiratory Care Science V 7
RTT 260 Hemodynamics and Rhythms 3
RTT 261 Respiratory Care Seminar 2
    Second Year Total 24

Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division.

Program Application Deadline: May 15

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

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