The Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Respiratory Therapy is designed for students aspiring to work as respiratory therapists in hospitals, home-care and other healthcare environments. The program will prepare students to become respiratory therapists capable of providing specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in areas such as pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas analysis, medical gas administration, humidity and aerosol therapy, airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and ventilatory support of neonatal/pediatric and adult populations. The advanced-practice respiratory therapist program is a 74 credit hours program comprised of 6 semesters. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree and are eligible to take the registry examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T). The Respiratory Therapy program at St. Augustine College holds continuing accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care – CoARC. (www.coarc.com)