*Applications will be accepted and available from September 1st - November 7th at 4:00 p.m. for a start in January. Please take a look at The Program tab below for additional information.
Thank you for your interest in our program. The Respiratory Care Therapy program at Trenholm State Community College provides students with the necessary education to gain entry-level positions in the field of Respiratory Therapy.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: AS PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO VIEW YOUR ACT SCORE IN THE TRENHOLM PORTAL. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL ACT SCORE IN THE STUDENT PORTAL WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO ACT BEING POSTED IN YOUR STUDENT PORTAL, USE THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION.
The first step to be accepted into this program is to complete the college application.
Congratulations, Class of 2022!
A Respiratory Therapist is a specialist trained in pulmonary medicine to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease. A day in the life of an Respiratory Therapist may include:
- Diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatments
- Analyzing breath, tissue, and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases
- Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for paients who can't breathe normally on their own
- Educating patients and family members about lung diseases
- Responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care
Life and Breath Video (What is a Respiratory Therapist)
Employment and Financial Outlook
Where Respiratory Therapists Work
Provide entry-level Respiratory Therapists with the opportunity to provide the best practice in the field through education, research, and service in the community.
Instruct graduates to be successful, self-assured, and proficient respiratory therapists who exemplify professionalism while providing exceptional care.
The Trenholm State Community Respiratory Therapy Program, CoArc program number 200638, awarding an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy, at the Trenholm State Campus, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students.
It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.
CoARC Outcomes Webpage
CoArc's Address: 264 Precision Blvd. Telford, TN 37690
CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.
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).
If you are interested in becoming a Respiratory Therapist and would like to have your name placed on the interest list, feel free to contact Mrs. Lee.
The program will consist of 76 credit hours. Of these, 23 credits are in general education. Students will also need an ACT score of 18 or higher. (ORI 101 Orientation to College is 1 credit hour)
|Course Area||Course Name||Area||Credit Hours|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||Area I||3|
|SPH 106 or SPH 107||Fundamentals of Oral Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking||Area II||3|
|ART 101 or MUS 101||Art Appreciation or Music Appreciation||Area II||3|
|BIO 201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||Area III||4|
|BIO 202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||Area III||4|
|MTH 100 or Higher MTH||Intermediate College Algebra||Area III||3|
|PSY 200||General Psychology||Area IV||3|
- How long is the program?
- The program is 5 semesters long.
- When can I print out an application?
- September 1st.
- When is the application due?
- The application is due on October 31st .
- When is the next class's start date?
- New cohorts (classes) start every Spring (January).
- How many students will you accept?
- The Respiratory Care Therapy Program can admit a max of 20 students per cohort.
- Are night classes offered?
- Night classes are currently not offered.
- If I currently have a degree, would I still need to take the ACT?
- Can I work while I'm in the program?
- The RPT program is very rigorous, which requires you to dedicate practice time in addition to your scheduled classes. RPT Classes are scheduled three-four days/per week.
- I am currently enrolled in another Respiratory Therapy program. Can I transfer to the program at TSCC?
- NO; you will need to apply for TSCC's RPT program and take all the courses to obtain your degree.
All Allied Health Programs are Selective Based Programs. Selective Based Programs require you to submit an application for your program of choice. Once accepted into the college and the prerequisites are met, you are eligible to apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Following acceptance into the program, students are mailed detailed instructions on additional documentation needed.
Completing the minimum requirements and submitting and application does not guarantee acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program or any Selective Based Program at Trenholm State Community College.
This program requires you to have four semesters of clinical rotations. The first three clinical rotations are once a week 12 hour shifts. The last semester is 24 hours (2 days a week) clinical schedule. Each clinical rotation is 7a-7p.
Program Details: View more information in the catalog.
Tuition & Fee Schedule
You can find tuition rates on our Tuition & Fee schedule
Refer to the College Calendar for all important dates.
The answer is yes, unless you qualify for exemption.
Potential Salary Range
The projected average salary for RTs Working in the U.S. is over $62,000 a year. For more information visit aarc.org
Director of Respiratory Therapy
Clinical Director of Respiratory Therapy
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Montgomery, AL 36108