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Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree Program

Memphis, TN

LEARN TO HELP PEOPLE BREATHE EASIER

As a Respiratory Therapist you can help those having issues breathing, whether from a blocked passageway, intense asthma attack, or another life-threatening experience. You can make a difference as a respiratory therapist.


  • Gain skills to treat people with asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema and other conditions.
  • Curriculum prepares you for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exams from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • Complete your AAS degree program at our Memphis campus in as few as 17-months of study.*

Program Overview

RTs need to understand the anatomy and physiology of the lungs and heart, as well as various disorders and diseases which can affect them. RTs also need to understand therapies and interventions available and what clinical situations call for them. They offer patients a calm, caring professional they can rely on.


Take the Next Step Now

Think a career as a respiratory therapist could be a breath of fresh air? Contact Concorde in Memphis today to find out if our associate degree program is right for you!

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

**Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021-2031 projected job demand https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment
ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

17

Months*

14%

National Employment Demand (2021-2031)**

77.5

Credit Hours

220

Lab Hours

870

Clinical Hoursᶛᶛ

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Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

Memphis Respiratory Therapy Program Overview

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).

Concorde's respiratory therapist programs emphasize the following:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Bronchodilator
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Patient teaching and instruction
  • ECG

The clinical experience provides Concorde graduates with a variety of cases and medical professional interactions - helping you better prepare for a career as a respiratory therapist.ᶛᶛ

     

    220

    Lab Hours

    Practice On-Campus

    Students will complete on-campus labs including simulations and patient care settings. 

    870

    Clinical Hours

    Real-World Application

    Taking what you've learned in the classroom and practiced in a lab will culminate with real-world application through clinical rotation(s).


    Respiratory Therapy Program Coursework

    Our associate degree program teaches a combination of general knowledge, clinical knowledge and practical skills for treating patients with breathing disorders. Students also complete clinical rotations to apply knowledge and skills in real-world care settings.ᶛᶛ All in as few as 17-months.*

    • General Education
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Microbiology
    • General Psychology
    • Introduction to Applied Respiratory Therapeutics
    • Clinical Medicine

    For a complete list of courses visit the campus' PROGRAM CATALOG.


    Respiratory Therapy Licensure & Certification

    When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). If you meet the RRT score on the TMC, you'll then be eligible to sit for the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) of the NBRC.

    Achieving the minimum acceptable score on the TMC will result in receiving the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential. To receive the RRT credential, you must pass the TMC, at the RRT level, and the CSE exams.

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    The cost for your certification exam as well as pre-certification exam prep coursework is covered by Concorde.

    Tuition fee for the program of study includes the cost for an eligible graduate's first attempt to sit for professional certification.

    Concorde expects all students to complete pre-certification exam prep training through the campus resources at no additional cost to the student.***

     

    *Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.. 

    Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

    Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

    ***Prep does not guarantee certification, employment or subsequent salary.

    ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

    Career Outlook

    Respiratory Therapists Continue to be in Demand

    Respiratory Therapist jobs are projected to grow nationally at a much-faster-than-average rate.

    The spread of respiratory infections caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is one factor driving national employment demand projections. Pre-pandemic the field was forecasted to grow based upon the increasing middle-age and elderly populations where increases in respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia can increase the need for respiratory care. 

    14%

    Projected national job demand for Respiratory Therapists, 2021-2031**

    Where do Respiratory Therapists Work

    • Hospitals and clinical environments
    • Skilled nursing facilities
    • Pulmonary physicians’ offices and clinics
    • Home care companies
    • Rehabilitation hospitals

    **Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021-2031 projected job demand https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.


    What are possible career paths for a Respiratory Therapist?

    Respiratory Therapy (RT) Infographic

     

    Address and Hours

    Memphis Campus

    5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 132
    Memphis, Tennessee 38137

    PH: (901) 881-2694
    FX: (901) 761-3293

    Campus Hours of Operation

    Monday8 am - 7 pm
    Tuesday8 am - 7 pm
    Wednesday8 am - 7 pm
    Thursday8 am - 7 pm
    Friday8 am - 5 pm
    SaturdayBy Appointment
    SundayClosed

    Financial Aid

    As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

    Accreditation

    The Respiratory Therapy program (#200469) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care; www.coarc.com

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