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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 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 (10)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.

1st Fall    
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MATH 1530 Introductory Statistics (Recommended) OR
MATH 1130, 1630, 1730 or higher level math
PSYC 1030 General Psychology (Recommended) OR
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for next term  
1st Spring    
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Recommended) OR
CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry
PHIL 121 Elementary Ethics (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
Action Items    
  Feb Complete Health Sciences application before May 15th deadline
Complete 10 hours of job shadowing before May 15th deadline
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
2nd Fall    
RTT 121 Cardio-Renal Anatomy and Physiology 4
RTT 122 Respiratory Care Science I 4
RTT 123 Respiratory Pharmacology 2
Action Items    
  Oct Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term  
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring    
RTT 131 Pathology of Respiratory Disease I 2
RTT 132 Respiratory Care Science II 6
Action Items    
  Apr Register for Summer and Fall terms  
2nd Summer    
RTT 220 Respiratory Science III 4
RTT 231 Pathology of Respiratory Disease II 2
3rd Fall    
RTT 230 Respiratory Care Science IV 6
RTT 235 Neonatal and Pediatric Care 3
RTT 260 Hemodynamics and Rhythms 3
Action Items    
  Oct Complete Application for Graduation  
  Nov Register for next term  
3rd Spring    
RTT 245 Respiratory Care Science V 7
RTT 261 Respiratory Care Seminar 2
EMT 2170 Comprehensive Advanced Cardiac Life Support 3
Action Items    
  Mar Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)   
  Apr Complete State Licensure Application
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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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