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The Respiratory Therapy program at St. Augustine College is designed to train students in the field of respiratory care. Students will receive essential knowledge to integrate didactic, laboratory, and clinical information to fulfill their roles as respiratory therapists in hospitals, home care and other health care environments.

The program will prepare students as 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 (6 semesters). Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and are eligible to take the registry examination prepared by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T.). The Registry Respiratory Therapy program at St. Augustine College (CoARC, ID#200587) holds Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Program Outcomes


  • To prepare students to comprehend, apply, evaluate, and recommend didactic, laboratory and clinical information relevant to their roles as respiratory therapists.
  • To provide students with the essential knowledge base that will allow them to integrate their general education skills within their respiratory care skills.


  • To prepare students to effectively and efficiently perform the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures required to fulfill their roles as respiratory therapists in hospitals, home care and other medical care environments.


  • To prepare students to demonstrate the ethical, communication and professional behavior consistent with employer expectations.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, applicants interested in this major must meet the following criteria:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 in the following prerequisite courses: AHP 110, AHP 113, BIO 108, BIO 120, BIO 208, ENG 160, ENG 162, CHM 115, MAT 110, and PSY 101.
General Education Requirements 12
ENG 160 Composition I (4)
ENG 162 Composition II (4)
PSY 101 General Psychology (4)
Support Course Requirements 26
AHP 110 Applied Physics in RES (3)
AHP 113 RES Care Pharmacology (3)
BIO 108 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
BIO 208 Cardio-Pulmonary Anatomy & Physiology (4)
BIO 120 Intro to Microbiology (4)
CHM 115 Basic Chemistry (4)
MAT 110 Math for Health Careers (4)
Major Requirements 36
RES 100 Funds. of Resp. Care (2)
RES 120 Resp. Care Procedures I (2)
RES 129 Clinical Practicum I (2)
RES 201 Resp. Care Pathology (2)
RES 205 N.B.R.C. Seminar (2)
RES 210 Mechanical Ventilation I (2)
RES 211 Mechanical Ventilation II (2)
RES 212 Clinical Case Simulations (2)
RES 220 Resp. Care Procedures II (2)
RES 230 Neonatal & Pediatric Resp. (2)
RES 239 Clinical Practicum II (2)
RES 240 Resp. Care Procedures III (2)
RES 249 Clinical Practicum III (2)
RES 250 Hemodynamics & Cardiac Monitoring (2)
RES 259 Clinical Practicum IV (2)
RES 280 Clinical Internship I (2)
RES 290 Clinical Internship II (2)
RES 300 Clinical Internship III (2)