FAQs - Respiratory Therapy BS Degree Career Ladder Program
So what does a Respiratory Therapist do?
The professions site is www.aarc.org and look for a video collection titled 'Life and Breath.' Also look for "BeAnRT!" designed for college students. The Georgia Society for Respiratory Care is www.gasrc.org Also take a look at Foocus www.foocus.com and The Advance for Respiratory Care Professionals respiratory-care-sleep-medicine.advanceweb.com to see student-oriented writing and professional development information.
What is the Armstrong Respiratory Therapy program's website?
When should I change my major to Pre-Respiratory Therapy?
You should change your major to ‘pre-respiratory therapy’ once accepted as an Armstrong student, and after you have spoken with a Respiratory Therapy faculty member/advisor. By changing your major to Pre-Respiratory Therapy (PreRT) you will continue to be advised by a faculty member and this will ensure that you complete the correct core requirements. Once you have completed all electives, and you have been accepted into the program, we will change your major to 'Respiratory Therapy.'
Please tell me about the required observation with a respiratory therapist?
You must complete 5 to 20 hours observation at a community hospital prior to your interview. Observation may be at a clinic, hospital, sleep lab, or home medical setting. You must complete observation prior to admission to the program in the Fall. You may receive an observation form through the Program Director.
What are the academic requirements of the Program?
Students interviewed for the program are usually late Sophomore's approaching 60-70+ hours of semester credit, and having completed the initial Area D sequence of science (Biol, Chem, Physics and Labs), and Statistics. The core curriculum guide is on the department website. Pre-RT majors can work with the faculty as their advisors, and select courses with emphasis on completing the sciences by the end of their Sophomore year. We recommend that students take the sequence of BIOL 1107 and 1108 and labs, A+P 1 (BIOL2081), A+P 2 (BIOL2082) and labs, Microbiology (BIOL2275) and lab, and PHSC 1211 Physical Environment (no lab) prior to the Spring interview.
Lets discuss the interview process...
The application deadline is April 1st, and we interview in the Spring of the year. You can interview as a provisional candidate if your classes are not complete. You will meet with students and faculty members at the 30-60 minute interview in the Spring preceding the program's start date.
What are the academic thresholds to establish who gets into the program?
Your GPA should be > 2.7 to 3.0 to be a Pre-Respiratory Therapy major student (especially in the Area D and F sciences). You should be near completion of all electives in Area A-E courses, to make you a more competitive candidate.
How about my transfer credit?
If you have transfer credit, check the transfer credit link below, choose your state, and college for transfer credit. Ideally classes should transfer as equivalent to an Armstrong course (i.e, BIOL, CHEM) NOT as an elective (ELEC)...this link is a nice tool...and remember that the Registrar controls transfer credit. Discuss Transfer Credit concerns with your advisor.
What happens after I am accepted?
The program director will call you or eMail you if you are a candidate for the program, followed by a formal letter. After acceptance into the program you will receive an admissions packet of forms required by the department and University that is due back before the start of classes in the Fall.The department will make several follow-up calls eMails, and letters to be sure you have completed all courses. Then you will have a physical, a check on immunizations, etc.
Tell me more about financial aid and the course load?
Students who establish a 'Pre-Respiratory Therapy' major should stay in contact with their advisor. The first Fall semester is 10 semester hours and students usually take Medical Terminology (RESP2110) or Introduction to Research Methods (HLPR2000) in the Fall to achieve a full load. Every other semester (5 in all) are full-time (> or = 12 hours). There are fees assessed by the program to cover materials needed in laboratories and safety equipment. Classes in the major will start in August, and we go 5 semesters, including the externship.