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Respiratory Care - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Respiratory Care therapists have a vital role of taking care of patients who suffer from heart and lung ailments

The goal of the Respiratory Care Program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Respiratory Care therapists have a vital role of taking care of patients who suffer from heart and lung ailments. Horry-Georgetown Technical College Respiratory Care program trains students with the most up-to-date technology and equipment, so graduates are ready for employment in the career. At HGTC, you as a student will realize the important part you’ll have in today’s healthcare system caring for high-risk patients in their most intense moments.


Specific Admission Requirements for Program

  • Graduation from high school or successful completion of the G.E.D (General Education Development) test;
  • Criminal Background Check;
  • Urine Drug Screening;
  • Meet the criteria for admission to HGTC. This includes submission of official high school transcript, including graduation date or copy of GED; and official college transcripts;
  • Minimum placement test scores from one of the following tests: SAT or ACT
  • Transfer students must meet the College transfer student admission requirements;
  • GPA of 2.5 on all required general education and support courses. A minimum grade of “C” is also required in all courses required for the Respiratory Care Program;
  • Payment of a non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by the semester of admittance to RES 101.

Having met one of the following two admission options:

  • Successfully complete (minimal grade of "C") 7 general education courses (BIO 210, BIO 211, BIO 225, ENG 101, MAT 110 or MAT 120, PSY 201 and Humanities) with a GPA of at least a 2.5. There is a 5 year time limit on BIO courses and a 10 year time limit on MAT courses.
  • Be eligible for BIO 210, ENG 101 and MAT 110 or MAT 120 and met the required score of at least 70 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). TEAS Scores are valid for 2 years from testing date. Students may retest every 3 months. There is a 5-year time limit on BIO courses and a 10-year time limit on MAT courses.

Application to the program and deadlines are available on the Health Science webpage.  


Earn a minimum grade of "C" in all general education, support and RES courses. Failure of one required course will result in the student being dropped from the program with eligibility for readmission. A student who has a second failure in any one of the required courses, or failure in any two of the required courses will not be eligible for readmission to the RES program. Failure is defined as receiving a grade below "C" in any course. Students may apply for readmission to RES program after 2-year time period from 2nd course failure.

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The Respiratory Care program, Program Number 200622, Associate in Applied Science Degree on the Grand Strand Campus holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).  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.  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 submissions 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 Continuing 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.

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

Respiratory Therapists have excellent career opportunities with work schedules that can be flexible, whether you are employed full-time or part-time. Financial rewards are excellent and the work is challenging. Career opportunities are available in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare offices
  • Nursing and rehabilitation facilities
  • Home health

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Program Mission

  • To provide the opportunity for individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds to enter the respiratory therapy profession.
  • To graduate students who exemplify the core values of the profession of Registered Respiratory Therapist.
  • To have the faculty, students and staff contribute to the health and well-being of our community, and society through competent practice leadership, education, and humanistic ethical practices.
  • To adapt technological advancements into the clinical practice.


“To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).”

Learning Outcomes

Respiratory therapists provide patient care, which includes clinical decision-making and patient education. The respiratory care scope of practice includes, but is not limited to the following basic competencies:

  • acquiring and evaluating clinical data;
  • assessing the cardiopulmonary status of patients;
  • performing, and/or assisting in the performance of, prescribed diagnostic studies such as: obtaining blood samples; blood gas analysis; pulmonary function testing; and polysomnography;
  • evaluating data to assess the appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care;
  • establishing therapeutic goals for patients with cardiopulmonary disease;
  • participating in the development and modification of respiratory care plans;
  • case management of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases;
  • initiating prescribed respiratory care treatments, evaluating and monitoring patient responses to such therapy and modifying the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapeutic objectives; managing life support activities;
  • conducting and evaluating prescribed pulmonary rehabilitation;
  • providing patient, family, and community education;
  • promoting cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention, and disease management;
  • promoting evidence-based practice by using established clinical practice guidelines and by evaluating published research for its relevance to patient care.

Program Outcome Data can be found at: Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Programmatic Outcomes Data.

Applicants to the Respiratory Care program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience

For more information, contact:
Kris Gillespie (843) 477-1062


Curriculum Sequence

PHASE 1 - General Admission

Phase I is a general admission phase and enables students to enroll in the General Education pre-requisite courses required for Respiratory Care program. The General Education courses may be completed at Horry-Georgetown Technical College or transferred in from another accredited institution.

To be eligible to apply for Phase II - Limited Access, students must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better. 

General Education Requirements

Course Title

Semester Credit Hours

BIO 210

Anatomy & Physiology I


BIO 211

Anatomy & Physiology II


BIO 225



ENG 101*

English Composition I


MAT 110* or MAT 120*

College Algebra OR Probability and Statistics



PSY 201

General Psychology






Total Credits


*Registration for ENG and MAT courses require students to have appropriate test scores and/or pre-req courses; please refer to your advisor to determine your academic qualifications and eligibility for enrolling in ENG and MAT courses.


PHASE II - Limited Acess

Students may apply to Phase II – Limited Access Respiratory Care upon completion of:

1.     Completion all seven (7) required general education courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.

2.     Complete the Respiratory Care Program Specific Application. (link this)

NOTE: If you have taken the TEAS test within the past two (2) years and scored a 70 or above, please see advisor for other admission options.

After applying to Phase II, students will be accepted on a first qualified basis to the Respiratory Care Program. Students accepted into Phase II will receive a Respiratory Care Program Acceptance letter from the HGTC admission office providing next steps and due dates for enrolling in the Limited Access Respiratory Care program.

After admission to PHASE II – Limited Access students must complete the following courses to graduate as a Respiratory Care Technician.

First Semester - Fall  
RES 101 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3
RES 121 Respiratory Skills I 4
RES 246 Respiratory Pharmacology 2
RES 152 Clinical Applications II 3
  TOTAL 12
Second Semester - Spring  
RES 111 Pathophysiology 2
RES 131 Respiratory Skills II 4
RES 232 Respiratory Therapeutics 2
RES 154 Clinical Applications II 4
  TOTAL 12
Third Semester - Summer  
RES 141 Respiratory Skills III 3
RES 220 Hemodynamic Monitoring 1
RES 235 Respiratory Diagnostics 4
RES 249 Comprehensive Applications 2
  TOTAL 10
Fourth Semester - Fall  
RES 204 Neonatal/Pediatric Care 3
RES 236 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
RES 253 Advanced Clinical Studies I 6
  TOTAL 12
Fifth Semester - Spring  
RES 242 Advanced Respiratory Care Transition 1
RES 244 Advanced Respiratory Skills I 4
RES 254 Advanced Clinical Studies II 7



Total Credit Hours