Respiratory therapists are an important part of the health care team who work under the direction of a physician. They work with patients of every age who suffer with breathing problems. Those people include premature babies, heart attack and accident victims, post-surgery patients and those with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis. These patients may need to receive oxygen or breathing medications and treatments. Respiratory therapists are also an important part of the hospital’s emergency team which performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Patients who can’t breathe well enough on their own are placed on mechanical ventilators, which are monitored and operated by therapists in intensive care units. Therapists may also work with chronic lung patients in rehabilitation programs or in nursing homes. Other therapists may work in diagnostic departments where they measure lung volumes of patients to determine if there is abnormal function.
The Respiratory Care program at Chattanooga State is an advanced practitioner program preparing students to become Registered Respiratory Therapists. The program is two years (six semesters) long. Training involves a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical practice at several hospitals in the region. After completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care exams to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist and then a Registered Respiratory Therapist. After passing the entry level National Board, graduates will meet the requirements to apply for a license in the state of Tennessee. Other states have similar requirements.
The Respiratory Care Program, A.A.S. Degree at Chattanooga State Community College
4501 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga TN 37406
COARC # 200005 is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Rd.
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835 FAX (817) 354-8519
Graduates of the Respiratory Care program will:
- Show the ability to interpret, comprehend, apply and evaluate patient data and clinical information relative to their role as an advanced level respiratory therapist.
- Demonstrate proficiency in all mechanical and physical skills necessary to fulfill their role as an advanced level respiratory therapist.
- Demonstrate behaviors and attitudes consistent with professional and employer expectations for an advanced level respiratory therapist.
Most therapists work in hospitals which are staffed 24-hours a day. There are other opportunities in nursing homes, home health companies, physician’s offices and in sales of medical equipment. Some respiratory therapists may also specialize in education, neonatal care (newborn babies) or management.
|First Semester (13 hours) (fall)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Truescreen Criminal Background Check||24.50||24.50|
|Second Semester (12 hours) (spring)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Physical Examination & Vaccines||300.00||300.00|
|Hepatitis B (estimate)||175.00||175.00|
|Truescreen Drug Screen (10 panel)||31.00||31.00|
|Lab Supply Bag||250.00||250.00|
|Third Semester (11 hours) (summer)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Fourth Semester (12 hours) (fall)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Fifth Semester (14 hours) (spring)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Sixth Semester (10 hours) (summer)||In-State||Out-of-State|
|RTT Exams (after graduation)||390.00||390.00|
These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents. This cost will also be reduced for students since some of the required course work is completed prior to acceptance into the program. These general and support courses taken before the program is to lessen course load in a given semester.
Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.