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.
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
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.
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
"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
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
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