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 Goals

The goal of the Forsyth Tech Respiratory Therapy Program is to prepare graduates to demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.

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 (#200011) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Specific outcome data for our program can be found at:

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3-year time period being reported;
  • RRT credentialing success;
  • Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam (beginning 2018);
  • Retention (Attrition);
  • Job placement;
  • Overall Graduate Satisfaction;
  • Overall Employer Satisfaction;
  • Total number of program enrollees;
  • Total number of program graduates;
  • Maximum Annual Enrollment.


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