FAQs

Program Links

*located on the Armstrong campus

So What Does a Respiratory Therapist Do?
The profession’s site is www.aarc.org and look for a video collection titled “Life and Breath.” Also look for “BeAnRT!” designed for college students. The Georgia Society for Respiratory Care is also a helpful source for more information. Take a look at Focus and The Advance for Respiratory Care Professionals to see student-oriented writing and professional development information.
When Should I Change My Major to Pre-Respiratory Therapy?
You should change your major to “pre-respiratory therapy” once accepted as a Georgia Southern student, and after you have spoken with a respiratory therapy faculty member/advisor. By changing your major to Pre-Respiratory Therapy (PreRT), you will continue to be advised by a faculty member and this will ensure that you complete the correct core requirements. Once you have completed all electives, and you have been accepted into the program, we will change your major to “Respiratory Therapy.”
Please Tell Me About the Community Service Requirement?
Prospective students must complete 20 hours of community service prior to their interview. Also, prospective students are required to have 10 to 20 hours of observation at the hospital of your choice in the Respiratory Therapy, Sleep or Cardiopulmonary Department. A respiratory therapist or their supervisor must sign and initial your observation hours. If you cannot finish your community service before your interview, it must be completed before you start the program in the fall. Community Service Form and Clinical Observation
What are the Academic Requirements of the Program?

Students interviewed for the program are usually late sophomores approaching 60-70+ hours of semester credit, and having completed the initial Area D sequence of science (Biol, Chem, Physics and Labs) and Statistics. The core curriculum guide is on the department website. Pre-rt majors can work with the faculty as their advisors, and select courses with emphasis on completing the sciences by the end of their sophomore year. We recommend that students take the sequence of BIOL 1107 and 1108 and labs,  Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and labs, Microbiology and lab, and Physical Environment (no lab) prior to the spring interview. Additionally, your GPA should be 2.5 to be considered as a respiratory therapy major student (especially in the Area D and F sciences) and you should be near completion of all electives in Area A-E courses, to make you a more competitive candidate.

Let’s Discuss the Interview Process…
The application deadline is March 1st, and we interview in the spring of the year. You can interview as a provisional candidate if your classes are not complete.  You will meet with students and faculty members at the 30-60 minute interview in the spring preceding the program’s start date.
Traditional Student Application Link: https://ahcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
Online Career Ladder (RRTs only) Application Link: https://www.armstrong.edu/academic-departments/rt-respiratory-therapy-application
What are the Academic Thresholds to Establish Who Gets into the Program?
Your GPA should be > 2.5 to be a pre-respiratory therapy major student (especially in the Area D and F sciences). You should be near completion of all electives in Area A-E courses, to make you a more competitive candidate.
What About My Transfer Credit?
If you have transfer credit, check the transfer credit link, choose your state and college for transfer credit. Ideally, classes should transfer as equivalent to a Georgia Southern course (i.e., BIOL, CHEM) NOT as an elective (ELEC)…this link is a nice tool…and remember that the Registrar controls transfer credit. Discuss transfer credit concerns with your advisor.
What Happens After I am Accepted?
The program administrative assistant will contact you either by telephone or email, if you are a candidate for the program, followed by a formal letter. After acceptance into the program, you will receive an admissions packet of forms required by the department and university that is due back before the start of classes in the fall. The department will make several follow-up calls, emails and letters to be sure you have completed all courses. Then you will have a physical, a check on immunizations, etc.
Tell Me More About Financial Aid and the Course Load?
Students who establish a “Pre-Respiratory Therapy” major should stay in contact with their advisor. The first fall semester is 10 semester hours and students usually take Medical Terminology (RESP2110) or Introduction to Research Methods (HLPR2000) in the fall to achieve a full load. Every other semester (5 in all) are full-time (> or = 12 hours). There are fees assessed by the program to cover materials needed in laboratories and safety equipment. Classes in the major will start in August, and we go 5 semesters, including the internship.

Last updated: 4/12/2018

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