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 2.80 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.

Respiratory Therapy Courses

RES 100  Funds. of Resp. Care 4 Credit hours
RES 210  Mechanical Ventilation I 4 Credit hours
RES 250  Hemodynamics & Cardiac Monitoring 4 Credit hours
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