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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Grand Strand


(843) 347-3186

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.

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). 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.  Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, 817-283-2835.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Programmatic Outcomes Data.

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

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

For more information, contact:
Sheri Tanner (843) 839-1102

Career Outlook

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 Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Program Disclosure Statement

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.

Program Information

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 application fee; 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, ACT, ACCUPLACER;
  • 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.

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.

Curriculum Sequence

General Education Requirements 24

Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better:
BIO 210
BIO 211
BIO 225
ENG 101
MAT 110 or MAT 120
PSY 201

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