A.A.S., Major in Respiratory Care

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The respiratory care practitioner is trained to assist the medical staff with the treatment, management and care of patients with cardiopulmonary abnormalities or deficiencies.

Respiratory care is used primarily in the treatment of heart and lung diseases such as cardiac failure, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and shock. With instruction in anatomy and physiology, respiratory physics, pharmacology and clinical training, the graduate of this program is prepared to provide care in various medical facilities.

Proficiency in all aspects of respiratory care, including diagnostic, rehabilitative and therapeutic applications, prepares the student to take the entry and advanced level exam. The graduate will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Respiratory Care.

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021, (817) 283-2835 (

Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education course work. For more detailed information, please go to the Health Science and Nursing Resources.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Ann Allen


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day Program

BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
  or MAT 120 Probability and Statistics  
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
BIO 225 Microbiology 4.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
RES 101 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3.0
RES 121 Respiratory Skills I 4.0
RES 123 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3.0
RES 160 Clinical I 1.0
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
RES 111 Pathophysiology 2.0
RES 131 Respiratory Skills II 4.0
RES 152 Clinical Applications I 3.0
RES 246 Respiratory Pharmacology 2.0
RES 141 Respiratory Skills III 3.0
RES 204 Neonatal/Pediatric Care 3.0
RES 232 Respiratory Therapeutics 2.0
RES 255 Clinical Practice 5.0
RES 244 Advanced Respiratory Skills I 4.0
RES 245 Advanced Respiratory Skills II 2.0
RES 274 Advanced Clinical Practice 4.0
RES 206 Respiratory Care for the Gerontological Patient 2.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
RES 207 Management in Respiratory Care 2.0
RES 249 Comprehensive Applications 2.0
RES 275 Advanced Clinical Practice 5.0
Total Credit Hours: 84.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Associate in Applied Science with a major in Respiratory Care requires five(5) semesters upon acceptance to the Phase II coursework.

Updated 5/6/2014


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The mission of the Piedmont Technical College Respiratory Care Program is to provide our students with a solid foundation in current respiratory care theory and practice and with the skills necessary for them to become contributing members of the profession. We strive to create a supportive learning environment which fosters initiative, critical thinking, self-discipline, compassion, and instills a strong appreciation of ethical values and human diversity. Utilizing the standards established by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the established curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be outstanding patient care providers.

The Respiratory Care Program faculty believes in the importance of providing a learner-centered program that is committed to excellence and public engagement of their students, faculty, and staff. The program provides leadership for the improved respiratory health of people in the community through excellence in education, public service, and clinical practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care.

  2. Perform routine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures common to the respiratory care profession.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the pulmonary and cardiovascular system.

  4. Apply medical ethics and law specific to the practice of respiratory care.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass NBRC entry level exam (CRT). 



Advisement Information

• RES courses are offered in the day only at the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. Labs are scheduled every semester, so students should plan to be on campus 1-2 days a week until 3:00-4:00 p.m. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends in Greenwood, Laurens, Abbeville, Newberry and Anderson Counties. Clinicals start at 6:45 a.m., and occasionally, evenings are required. Students should not work more than 20 hours/week when clinicals start and should have a backup system in place for daycare and transportation before the semester begins.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for developmental or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Phase I courses. Strong background in science and math is recommended.

• The Respiratory Care program consists of 27 credit hours of general education courses as a part of Phase I, which may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, or transferred in from other colleges.  Phase II consists of 58 credit hours, which will be completed over five consecutive semesters full-time.

• Phase II begins begins each Spring with 22 students accepted. Up to half may be selected based on the Merit Application process: Respiratory Care Merit Application Worksheet.

Phase II Admission Requirements:

  • Completed all Phase I courses with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Have a 2.5 technical GPA for all Phase I courses. Calculate your Phase I GPA here.
  • Have met Silver level (4) on all areas (Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, Reading for Information) of WorkKeys test
  • Completed Program Ready or Merit Application. 
  • Formal acceptance is contingent upon a crime-free criminal background check and a negative drug screening.
  • Student must pass an exit exam in order to complete their requirements for graduation.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression admitted to Phase II. Students in Phase II will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue. 

• Students will also need to be able to attend all clinical experiences, which requires transportation to and from different clinical sites.

Information about CPT 101: This program requires CPT 101. Starting fall 2014, CPT 101 will use Office 2013. All CPT 101 students will purchase a textbook that is packaged with an access code for mylabsplus, an online course management system. Each access code is valid for 6 months from the date it is first used. RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101. If a student needs developmental coursework the first semester, advise for CPT 141, if required, followed by CPT 101.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into Phase II of the program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The current cost of these screenings is $82.50, subject to change. 

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into Phase II will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine required.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the date of their first clinical. All accepted students will have the opportunity to take CPR training (AHS 106) and receive proper certification determined by the program coordinator. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Yearly completion of Hospital Orientation is mandatory.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to an equipment bag ($90), stethoscope ($50), shoes ($90), insurance ($30/year), a physical ($100) and vaccinations ($130), Self Assessment Exam ($140); Review Seminar ($250) and AARC membership ($50/year). AARC membership, insurance, Self Assessment Exam and Review Seminar are assessed in tuition. Dollar amounts are estimates.

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• The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Rd, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835.

Advisement Information updated 6/10/2014