Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions

Respiratory Therapy-Traditional

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At Georgia Southern, we train respiratory therapists to work with gases stored under pressure, and adhere to safety precautions and testing of life support and diagnostic equipment to minimize the risk of injury. As in many other health occupations, respiratory therapists are exposed to infectious diseases, but by carefully following proper procedures they can minimize the risks. Growth in demand will result from the expanding role of respiratory therapists in case management, disease prevention, emergency care, and the early detection of pulmonary disorders. Eighty percent of jobs are in hospitals, but therapists work in anesthesiology, pulmonary medicine, or in offices of physicians, hospice care, nursing care facilities, long-term acute-care facilities, and home healthcare services. In some hospitals, therapists perform tasks that fall outside their traditional role, such as pulmonary rehabilitation, smoking cessation counseling, asthma and cystic fibrosis education, disease prevention, case management, and polysomnography – the diagnosis of breathing disorders during sleep, such as apnea. Respiratory therapists also increasingly treat critical-care patients, either as part of a surface and air transport team, or as part of medical emergency teams and rapid response teams inside acute-care hospitals. Respiratory therapists employed in home healthcare must travel frequently to patient’s homes.

The program offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program with a major in respiratory therapy. Graduates are eligible for two credentials after graduation, and would be eligible for three board sub-specialist certifications after significant experience and training under medical direction.

Professional License Disclosure

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Certified Respiratory Therapist, (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist, (RRT).

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this online academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for Respiratory Therapist/Respiratory Care Practitioner license or certificate, click to check the requirements of your state or territory.

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Last updated: 10/14/2020

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Dept # 4901
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419