The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares students to work as Registered Respiratory Therapists or Certified Respiratory Therapists. In these roles, individuals perform diagnostic testing, treatments, and manage patients with heart and lung diseases.

Students will learn how to assess and treat patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include life support, monitoring, drug administration, and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings.

Career Information

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the entry-level examination from the National Board of Respiratory Care. Therapy graduates may also take the Advanced Practitioner examinations. Licensed graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry, and home care.


The entry-level hourly wage is between $16.58 and $19.76 according to NCWorksOnline and and the median income in NC is 24.96 an hour or $51,900 a year for Respiratory Therapists.

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