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.