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Respiratory Therapy

Do you feel called to help others in the dynamic world of health care? Respiratory therapists have the opportunity to treat patients hands-on, to save and improve lives.

The coronavirus pandemic has showed the critical need for respiratory therapists. Respiratory Therapists are experts with treating diseases and operating life-supporting technologies.

The College of Allied Health Sciences’ respiratory therapy program prepares students for the challenges they will encounter as respiratory therapy professionals. Join us to become tomorrow’s healthcare professionals today.

Respiratory Therapy is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Helpful and Nurturing
Innovative and Cutting-edge


Respiratory Therapy Program

Health Sciences Building

987 St. Sebastian Way
Augusta, GA 30912

Christopher Truelove, Jr


What You'll Study


In the respiratory therapy program, you will study areas including human physiology, respiratory care fundamentals, research in health care, cardiopulmonary disease, diagnostic testing, public health, pediatric care and more.

Course List | Track Sheet | Prerequisites & Deadlines

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Students complete an externship their senior year to prepare them for work in the field. As part of the state’s only public academic health center, students are exposed to a wide-variety of clinical settings and challenges.

Just as getting a degree consists of classes that build upon one another, moving successfully from the classroom to the workplace is also a process that requires effort and reflection.

Research, internships, and other forms of experiential learning offer opportunities to deepen your knowledge, explore career options and make meaningful connections with people who can support your career journey.


Research & Innovation

Whether you're an undergrad or graduate student, you'll have opportunities to create your own research projects or work with faculty to tackle some of the world's most complex and pressing challenges.



67 percent of our students take part in internships during their program, meaning they finish school with a stronger resume and the real-world experience needed to start a meaningful career.


Learning Communities

Providing a space for students with similar academic interests to live and study together during their first year of college through hands-on experience in your major and community engagement.


Academic Health Center

Academic health centers teach tomorrow's health care professionals, and the only way to do this is to stay on top of the latest treatments and tools for a culture of continuous learning.

Your Future

Career Options

In addition to being a registered respiratory therapist, individuals can work in adult critical care, pediatric respiratory care or as a pulmonary function technologist. Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 10,100 openings for respiratory therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program at Augusta University have 100% job placement upon graduation.

Job Satisfaction | Earning potential | Advancement opportunity

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Flexible on-campus, online and hybrid programs preparing graduates for the ever-changing health care industry.

Opportunities for management, education, research and advanced clinical practice including opportunities to specialize within the field.

Graduate with the ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to excel in the respiratory care field.

Recipient of the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award in addition to CoARC accreditation.

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A graduation 30 years in the making

"I know that a degree doesn’t complete somebody, but for me, it does kind of complete that chapter of my life that’s been unfinished for so long," says Paige Boutwell.

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Augusta University comes together to host second health fair for McCorkle Nurseries workers

Health care volunteers for the June 3 event provided services to almost 200 McCorkle Nurseries Inc. employees.

Men and women

Augusta University students present gift baskets to hospitals to celebrate Respiratory Care Week

“I am so proud of the RT students for taking the initiative to recognize and honor the frontline RTs in our local community.”

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Augusta University colleges collaborate to host health fair for McCorkle Nurseries workers

"We're so excited to be partnering with AU to really make this robust and to serve our community and to serve our people and keep them safe and healthy."

Learning Like No Other

The College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University trains and educates today’s health care professionals: the therapists, technicians, administrators, managers and assistants who are the backbone of our country’s health care workforce.