Respiratory Therapy

Purpose:  The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as Respiratory Therapy Technicians and/or Respiratory Therapy Assistants. In these roles, individuals perform diagnostic testing, treatment, and management of patients with heart and lung diseases. 

Students will master skills in patient assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include life support, monitoring, drug administration, and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings.

In evaluating patients, Respiratory Therapists perform testing of the lungs, analyze the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood, use various types of equipment to deliver oxygen and aerosol medications, insert tubes into a patient's airway, connect patients who cannot breathe on their own to ventilators, connect and set up ventilators, and regularly check on patients being managed utilizing this equipment.

To learn more about Respiratory Therapists watch these videos:

What is a Respiratory Therapist?  (opens in a new window)

Children Express the Symptoms of Asthma in the Simplest Way (opens in a new window)

Adults Telling How Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Influences Daily Living                   (opens in a new window)

FTCC's Respiratory Therapy program is designed to lead to an associate in applied science degree.

Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take entry-level examinations from the National Board of Respiratory Care. Therapy graduates may also take the Advanced practitioner examination.

Forty-four states license respiratory therapy personnel.  Respiratory Therapists work in emergency rooms, asthma education programs, intensive care units, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, and cardiovascular care as well.

New graduates can expect to earn over $34,000 in local hospitals.

Academic Program Sequencing and Fact Sheet  (opens in a new window)

Individual Course Descriptions  (opens in a new window)


ESTIMATED PROGRAM COSTS  (opens in a new window)


Department Chair: Mr. John Holloman, Telephone: (910) 678-8316,  Secretary: (910) 678-8392