Program of Study

Respiratory Therapy, AAS

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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
BIO 168  Anatomy & Physiology I
RCP 110  Intro to Respiratory Care
RCP 113 C-P Pharmacology 2
RCP 114 C-P Anatomy & Physiology 3
RCP 122 Special Practice Lab 0 2 0 1
RCP 132 Clinical Practice I 0 0 6 2
    Totals 12 8 6 17
Spring Semester 1
BIO 169  Anatomy & Physiology II
ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
RCP 111  Therapeutics/Diagnostics
RCP 115  C-P Pathophysiology
RCP 123 Special Practice Lab 0 3 0 1
RCP 143 Clinical Practice II 0 9 3
    Totals 12  9 9 18
Summer Semester 1
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
RCP 112  Patient Management
RCP 154  Clinical Practice III 12 
    Totals 6 12  11
Fall Semester 2
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
RCP 210  Critical Care Concepts
RCP 213  Neonatal Pediatric RC 2 0
RCP 122 Special Practice Lab 0 2 0 1
RCP 234 Clinical Practice IV 0 0 12 4
Choose one of the following:        
MAT 110 Mathematical Measurement & Literacy 2 2 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
    Totals 10 7 12 17
Spring Semester 2
COM 140 Intro to Intercultural Communication 3 0 0 3
RCP 211  Adv Monitoring/Procedures
RCP 215  Career Prep-Advanced Level 0 3 0 1
RCP 245 Clinical Practice V 0 0 15 5
    Totals 6 6 15 13

Admissions Criteria

The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications must be completed and submitted and supporting documents must be received no later than April 1 of the same year. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.

PHASE I - To be completed by April 1

The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC, complete an application to the college. Designate Respiratory Therapy AAS Degree (A45720) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to this program..
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale of the most recent academic transcript (high school or postsecondary).
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods:
    1. Take and pass the basic components of the Computerized Placement Test. These consist of algebra, arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and basic computer skills. The test is administered several times each week on the Jackson and Macon Campuses and is free of charge. To schedule a test session, contact Testing Services at extension 828.339.4332. If you do not pass the basic components of the placement test, it is recommended that you enroll in and successfully complete the appropriate developmental coursework. If you are unsuccessful in achieving the appropriate cut-off scores in any component of the test, please see the academic retest policy.
    2. Appropriate SAT or ACT scores and successful completion of high school or college computer literacy course within the past six years. See admissions section for additional details.
    3. Provide an official high school transcript indicating graduation within the last five years with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.6 and completion of a "fourth math" beyond Algebra II.
    4. Successful completion of a college-level math, algebra, English, computer literacy, and ACA (or equivalent) course.
  6. Complete a minimum of 6 hours of observation time in Respiratory Therapy at a health care facility. A form for documenting is available from the program advisor. It is the prospective students responsibility to obtain necessary documentation of attendance and return to the admissions office. It is the student's responsibility to schedule your observation visits. If you have questions about possible sites, please get approved list from program advisor. 
  7. Must take the TEAS-Allied Health Exam. The TEAS-Allied Health exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year.  This is not a pass or fail test. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program. For more information, visit


Those individuals who have completed all parts of Phase I by the appropriate deadlines will be scheduled for a personal interview. Applicants will be notified of date and time.


Those individuals who are notified of acceptance status will be provided with SCC health forms to be completed by the appropriate medical personnel. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program. The deadline for submitting the completed forms to the program director is Aug. 1.


  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Registrar's Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-respiratory care, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug testing, prior to, enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  5. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.

Academic Standards:

The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance in accordance with program policies. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program. 

Upon completion of the program graduates will be eligible to take the national exams and may apply for a state license to practice.




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Respiratory Therapy Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4336
Respiratory Therapy Program Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4472