Respiratory Care

Respiratory Therapists work with doctors and nurses to help manage and improve breathing in the body of patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

Overview

Respiratory Therapists, also called RT’s, are critical members of a healthcare team, working closely with doctors to diagnose, manage, and educate patients with asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and many other respiratory diseases. RT’s can work with patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly; it’s a fast-paced environment that requires quick decisions, strong critical thinking, an understanding of technical equipment, and excellent communication skills.  In addition to classroom instruction, OFTC’s program requires students to spend a required number of hours in a high-tech simulation lab practicing their skills and participate in a clinical rotation at a variety of local medical facilities.   

The program emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pulmonary and cardiac pharmacology, medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, positive pressure ventilation, incentive spirometry, patient assessment, postural drainage, percussion/vibration, assessment of diseases and conditions, critical respiratory care, advanced critical care monitoring, pulmonary function testing, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. 

Program graduates receive a Respiratory Care Associate Degree of Applied Science which qualifies them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.  To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license.  The only way to obtain a license is to successfully pass NBRC board exams. 

Completion of Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s CoARC-accredited Respiratory Care program meets educational requirements to apply for a Respiratory Care professional license in Georgia. 

The Respiratory Care program can be completed in 6 semesters. 

Features

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Job Stability & Security

The job outlook for respiratory therapists is growing much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the older adult population will lead to an increased prevalence of respiratory conditions will lead to increased demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments in hospitals, outpatient facilities, health clinics, and doctors’ offices. 

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Little or No Cost to You

Various grants and scholarships are available to help make OFTC an affordable choice. Ask about program specific opportunities for financial aid and payment plans. 

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Respiratory Care department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $10,086.00
  • Books & Supplies*: $4,500.00
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Advancement Opportunities

Respiratory Therapists who excel on the job have no problem rising up in the ranks at hospitals, as business owners, in corporate settings, and in educational settings. 

Practice your people skills and problem-solving abilities to better relate to and examine patients, plus interactions with other health care personnel. 

 

Locations

Campuses

Oconee Fall Line Technical College has campuses throughout its 11-county service area. We look forward to your visit.

Dublin Campus (South)
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 275-6589

Admissions

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application. 

Admissions Process

Your admissions application can be submitted online with your $25.00 non-refundable application fee and takes just a few minutes to complete.   

  1. Submit a completed application and application fee. 
  2. Submit official high school transcript, GED transcript, or official college transcripts, if applicable. 
  3. Submit official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument, if applicable. Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its required minimum scores. 
  4. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at https://studentaid.gov/ and HOPE Application at www.GAfutures.org using OFTC School Code: 031555. 

NOTE: The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy. 

General Requirements

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.

Additional admissions requirements unique to each program are listed on each individual program page at www.OFTC.edu/programs/ 

Need More Info?

  • For more information about any of these programs, contact a program advisor:  
    • 478-274-7900 (Dublin) 
  • For additional information on admission to OFTC, 
contact the Office of Admissions: 
    • 478-553-2064 (Sandersville)
    • 478-275-6589 (Dublin) 
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Learning Format

Students can enter the Respiratory Care program any semester — because when you are ready to start on the path to a new career and change your life, there is no reason to wait. 

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: on campus, blended, online asynchronous, and synchronous technology.

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On Campus

These are courses that are taught primarily in the classroom or lab with less than 50% of instruction online. On campus courses may include lecture, labs, internships, clinicals, and other in-person instructional modalities.

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Blended

Blended courses are distance learning courses with the majority of the course content, activities, and interactions occurring online but may require students to come to campus for specific assignments, activities, or events.

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Online Asynchronous

These are courses that are taught fully online asynchronously with course content, activities, and interactions occurring entirely online. This delivery method does not require students to be online at a specific date or time, and students may participate in class activities and complete course assignments asynchronously. Online asynchronous courses require proctored events.

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Synchronous Technology

OFTC also utilizes synchronous technology to offer courses via distance education means. The course is taught on one campus and then broadcast simultaneously to a classroom on a different campus that is monitored by a class proctor.

Flexible Schedule

We want you to get the most out of college and understand how much pressure it can add to your life. At OFTC you can achieve your career-training goals by fitting college into your lifestyle and schedule. We offer small class sizes and flexible scheduling.

Courses for our programs are offered during the morning, afternoon, and evenings – plus many are online where you can do your work any time of day. With this flexibility, you can strike a balance with your lifestyle and school.

And the personalized hands-on attention you receive in a small classroom setting allows you to get individualized support, focus and feedback from your instructors. Your instructors will get to know you and help you build the foundation and confidence needed for success in your field.

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Paying for College

At OFTC, we realize that many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. We’ll work with you to help you obtain financial aid to assist you in funding your education. We’re committed to helping you find ways to help you pay for this life-changing investment.  

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt. 

Financial Aid

OFTC offers several financial aid opportunities that can help you pay for college. Most students apply for federal and state aid, including the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship & Grant, and HOPE Career Grant.   

OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.  

  • 478-553-2131 (Sandersville) 
  • 478-274-7833 or 478-274-7940 (Dublin)
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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Respiratory Care department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $10,086.00
  • Books & Supplies*: $4,500.00

*Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its full breakdown of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Costs are estimated and are subject to change. 

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You can also use the Net Price Calculator to get estimated net price information based on what similar students paid in a previous year. 

Career Outlook

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Respiratory Care degree program can find a variety of employment opportunities in hospitals, home health companies, physicians’ offices, pulmonary function laboratories, and medical equipment sales. 

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Respiratory Therapists 

  • 2021 Median Annual Pay: $61,830
  • Job Outlook: 14% through 2030

What does this mean to you? Now is an excellent time to start a career in respiratory therapy because there will be plenty of job opportunities once you graduate! 

To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license. The only way to obtain a license is to successfully pass the National Board for Respiratory Care board exams. Graduates of OFTC’s Respiratory Therapy program have a 100% job placement rate. Students interested in OFTC’s program can be confident that upon successful completion of the program they will be equipped and prepared to start their careers. 

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Program Benefits

 Job Titles

  • Respiratory Therapist 

Diverse Settings

  • Hospitals 
  • Nursing care facilities 
  • Offices of physicians 

Skills Learned

  • Interview and examine patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders 
  • Consult with physicians about patients’ conditions and developing treatment plans 
  • Perform diagnostic tests 
  • Treat patients using a variety of methods 
  • Monitor and record patients’ progress 
  • Teach patients how to take medications and use equipment 

Graduate Testimonial

“The thing that prepared me most for my career was the amount of clinical hours we had in the respiratory program. We were in clinic twice a week, 12 hours at a time. And I think getting that hands-on experience really prepares you for what it’s going to be like in-field.”

Mitch Carey
2022 OFTC Graduate