Respiratory Care (Associate's)
Help ensure the breath of life!
It is hard to imagine a more rewarding medical career than respiratory therapy. With the skills you will acquire in this exciting new two-year program at Virginia College, you will learn to provide oxygen therapy, assist with breathing, and support patients who are unable to breathe on their own. Respiratory Therapists administer medications that help alleviate breathing problems and treat lung infections. They also teach breathing techniques to patients in rehabilitation centers and conduct asthma and smoking cessation programs. In addition, Respiratory Therapists provide home care to patients who cannot travel to a medical site by demonstrating the operation of ventilators and other life-support systems.
Respiratory therapists are integral members of the healthcare team? You can be, too! Learn more about this vital career choice today. Our Enrollment Specialists will be happy to discuss the requirements for entry into the program and help you make the best choice for your medical career future.
Your success in Respiratory Care (Associate's) starts at the following locations:
- Austin, Texas - Associate of Science
- Birmingham, Alabama - Associate of Science
NOTE: Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are required by Georgia, South Carolina and Oklahoma to be listed as Certificates (C).
Associate of Science degrees (AS) are required by SC, TN & VA to be listed as Associated of Applied Science degrees (AAS).
Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) are required by LA & VA to be listed as Associate in Occupational Studies degrees (AOS).
Bachelor of Science degrees (BS) are required by TN to be listed as Bachelor of Applied Science degrees (BAS).
The Respiratory Care Associate of Science degree program (CRT-level program) offered at the Birmingham, Alabama campus of Virginia College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of November 9, 2013.
The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care Program at Virginia College - Austin holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.
Commission on Accreditation
for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244