Respiratory Therapy – Program Detail

Program Mission/Overview

The Respiratory Therapy Program prepares students to be competent advanced-level respiratory therapists and helps fulfill the needs of the health care community.

Program Outcomes

  • Review existing clinical data, collect additional clinical data and recommend obtaining additional pertinent data.
  • Evaluate all data to determine the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory care plan, and participate in the development of the respiratory care plan.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures, interpret results, determine pathophysiological state, and perform continuous quality improvement.
  • Select, assemble, and check equipment for proper function, operation, and cleanliness.
  • Maintain patient records and communicate relevant patient information to other members of the health care team.
  • Conduct therapeutic procedures to maintain an airway, assure ventilation, remove bronchopulmonary secretions, and achieve tissue oxygenation.
  • Make necessary modifications in therapeutic procedures and recommend respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting.
  • Initiate, conduct, and/or modify respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting.
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations.
  • Apply basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures.
  • Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
  • Assist the physician with special procedures.
  • Apply Respiratory Care Protocols appropriately in the clinical settings.
  • Perform community service education.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to all forms of diversity and multiculturalism including, but not limited to: age, gender and gender identity, race, color and ethnicity, nationality and national origin,
    ancestry, religious affiliation and creed, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political affiliation, physical and mental abilities, veteran and active armed service status, job status, job
    responsibilities and experience, education and training.
  • Initiate and conduct pulmonary rehabilitation and home care within the prescription.
  • Promote human health and wellness within the community.

Program Accreditation

Forsyth Tech’s Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Staff Directory

  • Barry W.Sigal, MD,FCCP
    Program Medical Director
  • Jean Middleswarth
    Director of Health Services
  • Karen Clement
    Health Services Secretary
  • John Sherman, BSRT, RRT-ACCS-NPS, RCP
    Program Coordinator
  • Cindy Wiggins, MS, RRT, RCP
    Clinical Coordinator
  • Daniel Williams, BSRT, RRT-NPS, RCP