The role of a respiratory therapist

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 using state-of-the-art life support technologies


Augusta University offers two degrees in Respiratory Therapy under accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS): 

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy leading to the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential

    • 2+2 program,  student completes first two years at any accredited college or university of choice, and the last two years at Augusta University
    • 2+2 students begin the program fall semester after completing a core curriculum
    • Program consists of five semesters and includes classroom and clinical education
    • Only 18% of therapists have a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science Completion Program for Associate Degree Respiratory Therapists 
    • The degree completion program enables graduates from an associate degree respiratory therapy program to earn a bachelor’s degree with minimal disruption to their lives and livelihoods.
    • A bachelor’s degree can increase base pay and enhance competitiveness for positions.
    • Program Brochure

Professional Accreditation

In addition to SACS accreditation, the Augusta University Respiratory Therapy Program, CoARC #200224, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy on the Health Sciences Campus in Augusta, GA is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This allows the graduate to enter the credentialing system by National Board for Respiratory Care.

Program Outcomes


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

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