We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014.
What is Respiratory Care?
Respiratory Therapists work in acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, homecare/DME settings and physicians' 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. RRT's are also involved in the diagnosis and prevention of cardiopulmonary disease.
A Four Year Program to Prepare Advanced Practitioners
The Armstrong Department of Respiratory Therapy offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy, as well as a career-ladder program for those already registered as respiratory therapists to obtain their undergraduate 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 prior to graduation. Graduates who pass this exam will earn the entry-level credential "Certified Respiratory Therapist" (CRT), and will be eligible to enter the registry credentialing system. Candidates who pass both registry exams will earn the credential RRT. The CRT credential is required for licensure by the State Board of Medical Examiners. Students must earn their CRT credential prior to graduation.
- College based
- Graduates are eligible for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential
Graduates will also be credentialed in:
- Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BCLS and ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)
- The Armstrong Respiratory Therapy Program is authorized by the Georgia Board of Regents as a baccalaureate-level Respiratory Care program. Credentialed RCPs in Georgia and the Southeast will find an exciting opportunity for career advancement in the Armstrong Atlantic State University BSRC program.