Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S.

Teaches the duties, responsibilities and skills associated with the practice of respiratory therapy. Students will learn principles of cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and care. General education requirements will be taken at CCA and content specific to respiratory therapy will be offered at Pickens Technical College. Students must apply to Pickens Technical College to enter the program after general education requirements are met.

All courses with the prefix RCA must be taken at Pickens Technical College and transferred back to CCA.

Degree Requirements: 78 credits

General Education Requirements: 26 credits

English and Communication

(3 credits)

ENG 121English Composition I (GT-CO1)



(3-4 credits)

MAT 107Career Mathematics



MAT 121College Algebra: GT-MA1


Social and Behavioral Sciences

(3 credits)

PSY 101General Psychology I (GT-SS3)


Natural and Physical Sciences

(17 credits)

CHE 101Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab (GT-SC1)


BIO 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (GT-SC1)


BIO 202Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab(GT-SC1)


BIO 204Microbiology with Lab (GT-SC1)


RCA Major Requirements: 52 credits

*PLEASE NOTE:  Students must take the RCA classes through Pickens Technical College and have those credits transferred back to CCA.

RCA105 Introduction to Respiratory Care 1
RCA121 Fundamentals of Clinical Care 3
RCA132 Basic Techniques-Respiratory Care II 5
RCA151 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy/Physiology 3
RCA152 Cardiopulmonary Pathology 4
RCA165 Pharmacology-Cardiopulmonary Care 3
RCA230 Critical Care I 2
RCA232 Advanced Monitoring 2
RCA251 Critical Care II 3
RCA252 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic II 1
RCA253 Perinatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RCA259 Advanced Mechanical Ventilation 3
RCA281 Internship II 9
RCA283 Internship III 9
RCA289 Capstone Respiratory Care 1



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