Respiratory Care (A.A.S.)

The respiratory care practitioner is trained to assist the medical staff with the diagnosis, 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, P.O. Box 54876, Hurst, TX  76054-4876   (817) 283-2835.

Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying to the clinical phase (Phase II) of the program. A brief description of program admission options is below. For more detailed information, please go to To become eligible for entry into Phase II of the Respiratory Care program, applicants must complete the following:

  • Phase I courses
  • WorkKeys score of 4 in applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher in Phase I coursework. A GPA calculator can be found on the college website.

Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association “Basic Life Support” certification throughout the major studies courses.

For more information, see the Health Science and Nursing Resource Web page:

Phase II 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.

All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit.  All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.

Students applying for the Respiratory Care program will be enrolled in the Health Care Certificate until prerequisite and general education coursework is complete. Once the necessary requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into the clinical phase of the program.

For more detailed information, please go to Health Science and Nursing Resources.

Required Courses

Courses   Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102

Intermediate Algebra

or MAT 120 Probability and Statistics

PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   20.0
RES 101 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3.0
RES 111 Pathophysiology 2.0
RES 121 Respiratory Skills I 4.0
RES 123 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3.0
RES 131 Respiratory Skills II 4.0
RES 141 Respiratory Skills III 3.0
RES 152 Clinical Applications I 3.0
RES 160 Clinical I 1.0
RES 204 Neonatal/Pediatric Care 3.0
RES 206 Respiratory Care for the Gerontological Patient 2.0
RES 207 Management in Respiratory Care 2.0
RES 232 Respiratory Therapeutics 2.0
RES 244 Advanced Respiratory Skills I 4.0
RES 245 Advanced Respiratory Skills II 2.0
RES 246 Respiratory Pharmacology 2.0
RES 249 Comprehensive Applications 2.0
RES 255 Clinical Practice 5.0
RES 274 Advanced Clinical Practice 4.0
RES 275 Advanced Clinical Practice 5.0
Subtotal   56.0
Subtotal   0.0
Total Credit Hours 76.0

Updated 3/31/2017


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. It is the goal of this program to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). 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. Prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  3. Perform routine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures common to the respiratory care profession.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the pulmonary and cardiovascular system.
  5. Apply medical ethics and law specific to the practice of respiratory care.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass NBRC entry level exam (CRT).
  7. Practice proper and patient specific, emergency care.


Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit for more details.

  • Students must submit a secondary application in September and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework for Respiratory Care.

  • To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following courses . . .

    • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210)

    • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211) 

    • English Composition I (ENG 101)

    • Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102) or Probability and Statistics (MAT 120)

    • General Psychology (PSY 201)

    • Elective - Humanities/Fine Art

  • Students must also make a minimum score of 4 in the applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information sections of the WorkKeys test.

  • Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis from any campus.  After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the five-semester program with the same set of classmates.

  • Students who have all the requirements with the exception of the completion of one program-ready class may submit a conditional application.  That application will be considered if all seats are not filled.

Notes about individual classes​

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 102 or MAT 120.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 102 or MAT 120.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

Additional program notes

  • Enrollment into the Respiratory Care program is limited and requires a secondary application processComplete details on the secondary application process can be found here.

  • Twenty-two students are accepted to begin clinical courses each spring term. Up to half are chosen by a merit application, and the others are chosen by their priority date, which is either the date of application to Piedmont Technical College or, if a student’s initial major was not RES, the date of the major change to RES.  Conditional acceptance may be possible, depending on enrollment.  Conditional acceptance is being accepted the semester you finish Phase I courses.

  • RES courses are offered in the day on the Greenwood campus.  

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once accepted into the Respiratory Care program.  Students will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester.  Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Notes about other requirements

  • 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 Health Care Division Information FAQ Sheet for the Physical and Mental Standards for Health Care programs.

  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase 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 may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is mandatory.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Respiratory Care (RES3)


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • Ann Piggott is the Program Director of Respiratory Care.

  • You can also contact Karla Gilliam or Sara Sak for additional information about this program.

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 10/2018.