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What is Respiratory Therapy?

Respiratory Therapists perform diagnostic procedures such as pulmonary function studies and arterial blood gas analysis, and are involved in rehabilitation of the patient with cardiopulmonary abnormalities. Students will learn diagnostic and therapeutic procedures applicable to pulmonary care. Therapeutic procedures include use and administration of oxygen and other medical gases, aerosolization of drugs for inhalation, set up and maintenance of mechanical ventilators, performance of chest physiotherapy maneuvers and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

In addition to classroom and laboratory components, clinical experience at selected area hospitals, pulmonary offices, and long-term acute care facilities is required.

The Andrew College Division of Allied Health offers the Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for credentialing examinations administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). In addition, graduates are eligible for Georgia state medical licensure, a requirement for practicing in the state, and licensure in all states.

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Program Goals

The primary goal of the Respiratory Therapy program at Andrew College is to provide quality education in order 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). The goal of the Respiratory Therapy program is consistent with the mission of Andrew College. The faculty believes that graduates will be prepared for lives of servant leadership and will be able to serve the healthcare needs of this region and beyond.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon mastery of the course materials, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to provide competent respiratory care
  2. Acquire and analyze clinical data in accordance with appropriate standards of care, protocols, and clinical practice guidelines
  3. Perform prescribed diagnostic studies related to cardiopulmonary functions
  4. Develop, implement, and evaluate respiratory care plans
  5. Manage patients with cardiopulmonary disease using evidence based practice
  6. Manage life support activities
  7. Provide patient, family, and community education promoting cardiopulmonary wellness and disease prevention
  8. Respect the beliefs and values of all persons, demonstrate self-direction and practice in an ethical and professional manner in accordance with established policies and procedures
  9. Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills, time management skills, interpersonal communication skills, and technical skills necessary to provide competent respiratory care in multidisciplinary care settings

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed application to the Respiratory Therapy Program submitted by the application deadline (July 1)
  2. Admission to Andrew College
  3. Completion of all Learning Support requirements
  4. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I within five (5) years of admission and a grade of “C” or higher
  5. Students may repeat a general course only one time to obtain a “C” or higher
  6. GPA of 2.5 or above from high school and/or on all college work
  7. Completion of College Health Form including current immunizations
  8. Criminal background check*
  9. Drug screen*
  10. Liability Insurance (through the Andrew College Respiratory Therapy program)
  11. Admission preference may be given to students with the highest GPA and those who have completed the most general education courses
  12. Applicants who have earned less than a grade of “C” in two or more respiratory therapy courses while enrolled in a previous respiratory therapy program are not eligible for admission to the Andrew College Respiratory Therapy Program
  13. Submission of copies of all professional licenses held by the applicant

*Our clinical partners have the right to deny placement to any student. Students with criminal findings on the background check and/or a positive drug screen who are denied clinical placement will not be able to complete the program, therefore, they will be withdrawn from the program.

Respiratory Therapy Curriculum Map

Respiratory Therapy Application

Student Handbook

Respiratory Therapy Clinical Handbook

The Andrew College Respiratory Therapy Program, 200633, Associate of Science Degree, Cuthbert, GA holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (
“CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes-based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.”


Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown, RRT, M.Ed.
Program Director, Respiratory Therapy

Lisa Shaw

Lisa Shaw, RRT-NPS
Director of Clinical Education for Respiratory Therapy