Respiratory Therapy

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – (Advanced Level)
  • AAS Day Program: 5 semesters (there will be some evening classes, labs and/or clinical rotations)
  • Admission Cycle: Fall
  • Maximum Number Admitted Annually: 20-30
  • More Information: Program Detail

Additional Information

Step 1: Download Admissions Requirements (MAR) Packet 
Step 2: View Respiratory Therapy Open House/Orientation (RTOHO)

If you are having issues viewing the online orientation, please contact John Sherman at 336-757-3320 or jsherman@forsythtech.edu

Career Description

Through academic studies, laboratory practice and a wide variety of clinical experiences, the student learns to perform diagnostic testing, advanced patient assessment and management of patients across their life span that have heart and lung diseases or related disorders.

Careers Available

Career positions are available for respiratory therapists in all aspects of today’s healthcare system including comprehensive medical centers, hospitals, acute care areas, outpatient clinics, home care agencies, long-term care facilities, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation centers, sleep disorder centers, critical care transport teams, physicians’ offices and industrial product sales companies.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $43,000 – $59,000/yr.

Course of Study

Course work involves studies in basic human anatomy and physiology, advanced cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, diseases and disorders of the heart and lungs, diagnostic testing, applied physics, mathematics, algebra, chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, respiratory therapeutics, advanced life support, mechanical ventilation, medical gas administration, electrocardiography, care of the home bound patient, pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, community education, management of premature infants, children, and adult patients, assisting physicians with special procedures and a wide variety of clinical experiences.

Recommended Courses and Skills

High school human anatomy, physiology and health occupation classes. Chemistry, physics, microbiology, advanced mathematics and algebra also recommended.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Enjoy working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, ability to work in a team environment as well as independently, good leadership skills, good analytical and critical thinking skills, good technological computer skills, ability to cope with emergencies, death and dying situations.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Respiratory Therapy Program, contact John Sherman, Program Coordinator, at 336.757.3320 or jsherman@forsythtech.edu.