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Health Science Workshops: Nov 6-27, 2018. Workshops to help students with the requirements and admissions process for all Health Science programs. See locations.

As a Respiratory Therapist, you deal with one of the critical life-sustaining functions of the human body-breathing. Most people take breathing for granted. It is a second nature, an involuntary reflex. But for the thousands of individuals who suffer from breathing problems, each breath is a major accomplishment. Respiratory Therapists evaluate patients and administer treatments to improve their breathing, as well as implement and monitor life support therapies. Respiratory services are needed by patients of all ages, from the pre-mature infant with underdeveloped lungs, to the geriatric patient who has developed pulmonary disease. Therapists are a vital part of the hospital’s lifesaving response team that answers to patient emergencies.

The Respiratory Care Program at RSCC is a 5-semester program that prepares graduates to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Students gain knowledge and theory through the use of classroom lectures and discussions. Technical skills are taught in the laboratory setting with, the merging of theory and technical performance in the clinical setting. Class size is conducive to excellent student-instructor interaction and individualized attention.

Visit the American Association for Respiratory Care Web page to watch a video and gain more information about the Respiratory Therapy profession.

Work Setting

Respiratory Therapists work primarily in the hospital setting. However, employment opportunities are increasing in home care facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Therapists are also employed in physician offices, rehabilitation centers, and equipment sales.

Credentialing Requirements

Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Care Program, the graduate is eligible to take the advanced level registry exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, (NBRC). Graduates who successfully complete the exams are awarded the RRT credential.


The Respiratory Care Program is taught at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences. Clinical affiliates are located primarily in the Knoxville area with hospitals available in Cookeville and Cumberland County for those students from the Cumberland Plateau.


The Respiratory Care Program, CoARC number 200263, Associate of Applied Science Degree, located at 132 Hayfield Rd. Knoxville TN 37922 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (


Admission Requirements

Health Science Workshops: Nov 6-27, 2018. Workshops to help students with the requirements and admissions process for all Health Science programs. See locations.

Admissions Information

Applications Required for the Respiratory Care Program

Program Costs

The cost of registration, uniforms, textbooks, liability insurance, licensing examination fees, criminal background checks and physical exam averages approximately $3,500 per year. The greatest expenses can be expected in the first and last semesters. All expenses are subject to change.

Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

* Program courses that are taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee. A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.

Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses

Visit the bookstore for book titles and prices

Faculty & Staff

Lesha Hill
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4766
Associate Professor and Program Director

Karyn L Goins
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4772
Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator


Health Sciences Admission Advisor
Michael Burtch
(865) 354-3000, ext. 4705




Lesha Hill • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4766 • Click name for email address

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