Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science
This program trains students to treat patients with difficulty breathing because of problems affecting the cardiopulmonary (heart-lung) system.
The Respiratory Care program is a Phase I/Phase II program.
The philosophy of the educational approach of the Greenville Technical College Respiratory Care program is one of professional development. The respiratory therapist fills the role of a responsible health care practitioner in a growing and rapidly changing medical field of both acute and chronic patient care. Growth and commitment to optimum respiratory care is the foremost goal. The other primary objective of this program is to fill the need for respiratory therapists and to build and maintain a progressive respiratory care profession for the members of the community.
Acceptable placement test score(s)
See “Program Requirements” Section for additional requirements.
Type of Program
The Respiratory Care program is located at the Barton Campus.
Hospitals, sales, home health care, management, physician offices and pulmonary rehabilitation
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT); Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
- Graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination, offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), upon successful completion of the program.
- Completion of the TMC with the high cut score enables the graduate to take the Clinical Simulation Exam and earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/respiratorycare/.
Pre-Program/Phase I Admission Requirements
- Must meet college admission requirements.
- Test scores must meet the criteria to be placed into ENG 101 English Composition I* and MAT 120 Probability and Statistics*.
- Complete Online Career Talk.
- Take the TEAS entrance exam at Placement Testing Center in Admissions and Registration Center. Must have a total score of 60 or higher to be considered eligible for the program.
Phase II Admission Requirements
- Completed all Phase I courses with a grade of “C” or better.
- Have a 2.50 technical GPA for Phase I courses.
- Students with the highest scores on their weighted admission application will receive an admission letter, intent form and physical exam form.
After acceptance into Phase II
Before beginning clinical coursework, students will be required to
- Submit a non-refundable $100 deposit, applied toward Phase II tuition, to secure a seat in Phase II for the fall semester.
- Attend a new student orientation for the Respiratory Care program.
- Be able to attend all clinical experiences, which require driving to and from clinical sites.
- Have an acceptable background for seven years prior to entering Phase II. Students may be subject to more than one background check during the program based on affiliate requirements. Some convictions greater than seven years old may prevent progression through the program.
- Submit to drug screening prior to attending clinical in Phase II. Must have a negative 10-panel drug screen. Students are strictly prohibited from being under the influence of alcohol or any drug/medication which alters behavior or appearance of capability while engaged in any portion of their formal educational experience.
- Submit a physical exam form (not older than 12 months prior to entering RES program) with documentation of required immunizations.
- Submit documentation of current Healthcare provider CPR certification.
- Students must pass an exit examination in order to complete their requirements for graduation.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
Note: Please contact your advisor for other program options.
|BIO 210||Anatomy & Physiology I* 1||4|
|BIO 211||Anatomy & Physiology II* 1||4|
|BIO 225||Microbiology* 1||4|
|ENG 101||English Composition I* 1||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Probability and Statistics* 1|
|College Algebra* 1|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|General Psychology* 1|
|Introduction to Sociology* 1|
|Humanities Elective 1||3-4|
|Phase II Clinical|
|RES 101||Introduction to Respiratory Care||3|
|RES 121||Respiratory Skills I||4|
|RES 152||Clinical Applications II||3|
|RES 246||Respiratory Pharmacology||2|
|RES 131||Respiratory Skills II||4|
|RES 154||Clinical Applications II||4|
|RES 232||Respiratory Therapeutics||2|
|RES 141||Respiratory Skills III||3|
|RES 236||Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics||3|
|RES 241||Respiratory Care Transition||1|
|RES 265||Advanced Clinical Applications I||3|
|RES 204||Neonatal/Pediatric Care||3|
|RES 242||Advanced Respiratory Care Transition||1|
|RES 244||Advanced Respiratory Skills I||4|
|RES 275||Advanced Clinical Practice||5|
|RES 207||Management in Respiratory Care||2|
|RES 249||Comprehensive Applications||2|
|RES 251||Clinical Applications III||8|
|Total Required Credit Hours||83-84|
General education course