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Respiratory Therapy: About Our Program

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.

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The program, housed within the Armstrong Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Respiratory Therapy. Graduates are eligible for two credentials after graduation, and those seeking advancement are eligible for at least three board sub-specialist certifications after significant experience and training under medical direction.

The healthcare field of Respiratory Therapy is focused on treating patients with cardiopulmonary (heart/lung) illnesses and breathing difficulties. Due to increased emphasis on advanced clinical training and critical hands-on skilling Respiratory Therapy is considered the emergency response team within United States health care facilities, and was named a 2014 Top 25 Health Care Career by US News and World Report.

Armstrong State University's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and has an advanced practitioner, registered respiratory therapist (RRT) outcome goal. Our graduates are eligible to sit for the credentialing exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), and our graduates consistently pass their boards at a rate 20 to 25 percent higher than the national mean. We have a near 100 percent job placement history and our annual graduate and employer surveys indicate a high level of satisfaction with our program.

Because enrollment in the program is competitive, we strongly recommend that Associate of Science Respiratory Therapy Track majors contact the program regarding advisement as soon as possible after enrolling in Armstrong State University. The 130 semester hour B.S. degree program includes 64/65 hours of core curriculum requirements and 66 hours in the major. Students must have a strong background in the math and science areas. The major consists of academic, laboratory, and clinical components. Students will spend an average of 30 hours per week in direct contact with faculty. We strongly recommend that students limit their work to less than 20 hours per week.


A representative sample of alumni from the Respiratory Therapy Program and Career Ladder Program are currently working at the following institutions:

Tia Cook, BS, RRT - Career Ladder Program
Director, Cardiopulmonary Services, Liberty Regional Medical Center, Hinesville, GA

Kathy Dell, BS, RRT - Career Ladder Program
Leadership Team - Tift Regional Hospital, Tifton, Georgia

Linda Dominy, MHSA, RPFT, RRT-NPS
Director, Respiratory Therapy, Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, GA

Heather Labor, BS, RRT
Supervisor, Cardiopulmonary, Palms West Hospital, Boynton Beach, FL

Celine Le, MHS, RRT
Health Project Coordinator, Tulane Community Health Center, New Orleans, LA

Daniel Mock, BS, RRT - Career Ladder Program
Director, Cardiopulmonary Service, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort, SC

Harold Oglesby, RRT
Manager, Respiratory Therapy, Candler Campus, St. Joseph’s Candler Health System. Savannah, GA

Andrew Williams, BS, RRT
Manager, Respiratory Therapy, St. Joseph’s Campus, St. Joseph’s Candler Health System, Savannah, GA


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