Why choose Respiratory Therapy?

In hospital settings a respiratory therapist:

  • Assists physicians by assessing the patient's condition
  • Plans and initiates treatment
  • Provides patient education

Treatments provided by a respiratory therapist include:

  • Oxygen and humidity therapy
  • Chest physical therapy
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • State-of-the-art life support technologies.

The Respiratory Therapy Program in the College of Allied Health Sciences

Program Goal

Our goal is to provide the education essential for graduates to meet the future challenges they will encounter as respiratory therapy professionals. Specifically, the goal of the Respiratory Therapy program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior), learning domains of respiratory care as performed by the registered respiratory therapist. As a baccalaureate program we prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research and/or advanced clinical practice which may include an area of specialization.

Respiratory Therapy News

Respiratory Therapy Student

Augusta University graduate ready to be an advocate for respiratory therapists

June, 2020Jagwire

Terri Edwards is graduating this month from Augusta University’s College of Allied Health Sciences with a bachelor of science in respiratory therapy. However, she will be the first to admit that she had no idea what one was when a professor recommended she apply for the program.

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Professional Accreditation

The Augusta University Respiratory Therapy Program, CoARC #200224, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy on the Health Sciences Campus in Augusta, GA holds continuing accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). This allows the graduate to enter the credentialing system by National Board for Respiratory Care.

Licensure Disclosure Statement

The Department of Undergraduate Health Professions has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the national examinations for obtaining the Credentialed Respiratory Therapist (CRT), Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT. As such the program meets licensure requirements in all 50 of the United States and its territories.

Program Outcomes

"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."

In recognition of the program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations the Respiratory Therapy Program was awarded the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success by CoARC four out of the last five years.

Additional program outcomes can be found at https://coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/ 


Which courses transfer?
If you are a current student at Augusta University visit the Transfer Equivalency Guide. Transferable courses are listed by state, college, and topic. If you have questions after going to the Transfer Course Equivalency page contact the subject department (English, math chemistry, etc.) or the program director of the Respiratory Therapy program.

Prerequisite Course Requirements for Admission
What courses are required for transfer/admission to the program?

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen: You must complete a criminal background check and drug screen before the start of the program in order to participate in clinical internship courses. You will be notified of how and when to complete these requirements and will be responsible for the associated fees. 

NOTE: If an adverse report is produced, there is a possibility you will not be accepted by clinical affiliates.  In this case, you may be unable to complete clinical internship courses.  Such circumstances will preclude your ability to successfully complete the program.



Contact Us

user icon Program Director:Kitty Hernlen, Ed.D., MBA, RTT
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