The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to perform the duties of a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). RRT’s are a vital member of the healthcare team whose primary focus is maintaining and/or improving a patient’s respiratory effort.
RRT’s provide oxygen therapy through a variety of devices to include nasal cannulas, aerosol applications, bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP), and mechanical ventilation. RRT’s also perform laboratory tasks such as: Arterial Blood Gas draws (ABG’s), Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT’s), and stress tests in some facilities. Therapists are found in all areas of the hospital (Emergency Departments, ICU’s, general care floors) and work with all age groups.
The FTCC Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Program Goals: the FTCC Respiratory Therapy program is designed 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).
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Follow contact isolation procedures
- Apply appropriate oxygen devices as needed
- Perform arterial blood gas draws
- Give nebulizer treatments as needed
- Perform chest physiotherapy and postural drainage
- Insert endotracheal tubes
- Initiate, maintain, and discontinue mechanical ventilation
- Make appropriate ventilation changes based on laboratory results
- Perform bronchial hygiene and lung expansion therapy
- Conduct pulmonary function tests
Graduates of this accredited program must take the Therapist Multiple-Choice exam and minimally pass the entry level scoring (CRT) to apply for a NC license for employment in North Carolina (Other states may vary with requirements). In order to receive the RRT credential a student must pass the both the registry eligible score for the TMC and clinical simulation.
There is opportunity for degree advancement with a Bachelor’s in Science with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy.
A student must complete all pre-requisites and gain competitive points in order to apply for approval to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Once approved for a Health program, students will be provided with information regarding books, uniforms, supplies and equipment, and any additional program requirements.
As part of the competitive admissions process, each student is evaluated based on a point system. The Competitive Points Worksheet outlines all the possible points a prospective student can earn.
|Program Credit Hours
|In-State Tuition* (69 hours)
$5,244.00 ($76.00 per hour)
|Out-of-State Tuition* (69 hours)
$18,492.00 ($286,00 per hour)
|Student Activity Fee||$17 per semester (5 semesters)
|$17 per semester (5 semesters)
|Technology Fee||$16 per semester (5 semesters)
|$16 per semester (5 semesters)
|CAPS Fee||$15 per semester (5 semesters)
|$15 per semester (5 semesters)
|Supplies & Uniforms||$250.00||$250.00|
|Immunizations & Physical||$350.00||$350.00|
|Criminal Background & Drug Testing||$64.00||$64.00|
|Malpractice Insurance||$12 annually
|Total Estimated Cost||$7,407.00||$20,630.00|
Uniforms are provided through Castle Uniforms in Tallywood Shopping Center. Uniforms are worn in all clinical and lab courses. You must have your uniforms in order to attend labs and clinical. Orders must be submitted by July 1 to ensure that uniforms arrive prior to the first day of classes.
Please note: Gas, transportation, child care, healthcare, food, utilities, nor housing are provided. Please incorporate these expenses into you normal daily living budget.
*All tuition rates and costs are subject to change. Students are responsible for current costs/rates.