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Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy Traditional Track Program

The Respiratory Therapy Traditional Track Program will begin using an application management company to process applications for the Fall 2018 admissions cycle. Please note that there will be a fee of approximately $95 to apply to this program. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2018 on November 15, 2017 with a deadline of March 1, 2018.  Only apply if you will have all your prerequisites completed by the end of Summer 18.  If you would like to view and apply to the program, please click on the link below:

The Respiratory Therapy BS Career Ladder (Online) Degree Completion Program

The Respiratory Therapy BS Career Ladder Online Degree Completion Program is for Licensed Respiratory Therapist only.  Please use the application link below to apply.

What is Respiratory Care?

Respiratory Therapists work in acute-care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, homecare/DME settings and physician’s offices. The "Registered Respiratory Therapist" (RRT) is involved in the assessment and management of patients with acute or chronic diseases or conditions affecting the heart and lungs. RRTs are also involved in the diagnosis and prevention of cardiopulmonary disease.

Armstrong State University's Respiratory Therapy program awards the Bachelor of Science degree at Savannah, Georgia, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas  76021-4244

Program Outcomes for the Armstrong State University Bachelor of Science Program in Respiratory Therapy

The Armstrong State University Respiratory Therapy program offers a four-year program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy, as well as a career-ladder Online Degree Completion program for those already registered as respiratory therapists to obtain their BS degree. A bachelor's degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program qualifies graduates for entry into the advanced practitioner credentialing system, leading to the highest professional credential available in the field of respiratory therapy. The credentialing process is a two-part, nationally administered examination. Part one, a comprehensive written exam, is taken after graduation. Graduates who pass this exam will earn the entry-level credential "Certified Respiratory Therapist" (CRT), and will be eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Examination. The entry-level CRT credential is required for licensure by most states and the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners. Candidates who pass both the Therapist Multi-choice Examination and Clinical Simulation Examinations will earn advanced-practitioner status, and the credential Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Practitioners credentialed as RRTs in Georgia and the Southeast will find an exciting opportunity for career advancement in the Armstrong State University Career Ladder Online BS Degree completion program.