Contact(s): Amy Witschey
The Respiratory Therapy curriculum offers career education for respiratory therapists,
who specialize in the application of scientific knowledge and theory to clinical problems
of respiratory care.
Respiratory therapists perform diagnostic testing, treatments, and management of patients
with heart and lung diseases. The respiratory therapist is qualified to assume primary
clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities and is frequently required
to exercise considerable independent, clinical judgment in the respiratory care of
patients under the direct or indirect supervision of a physician.
Students will master skills in patient assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary
diseases. These skills include ventilator management and monitoring, drug administration,
and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings. Graduates may be employed
in wide variety of health-related areas including hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing
care facilities, home care agencies, rehabilitation centers, industrial and educational
Upon completion of all required course work, the student will be awarded an Associate
in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy
program are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice exam from the National
Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which will also allow them to apply for licensure
in most states. (Licensure requirements vary by state.) Respiratory Therapy program
graduates may also be eligible to take Advanced Practitioner examinations from the
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and is a 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 recipient of the CoARC Distinguished RRT
Credentialing Success Award.
Stanly Community College is CoARC program #200315 and outcome data can be found here.
The Respiratory AGE Pathway offers students a place to begin their journey toward
a career in Respiratory. The AGE pathway gives students the opportunity to complete
all of the general education courses required in the Respiratory program. After completion
of these courses, students who choose to continue in to the degree program will be
able to focus on Respiratory specific courses.
For more information, please contact: Leah Reddick
Please see the AGE Elective list for courses.
*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for
AAS Majors webpage.
RESPIRATORY THERAPY ADMISSION PROCEDURE
Applications are open from March 16th through March 15th each year. Applicants seeking
admission into the Respiratory Therapy program must complete steps 1 through 5 by March 15, 2024, in order to be considered for acceptance in the Fall 2024 semester.
Print this admission procedure for your records to track completion of all steps.
Step 1: Application __________ (date completed)
Step 2: Transcripts __________ (date completed)
Step 3: Complete one course of Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry with a grade of "C"
or better. __________ (date completed)
Step 4: Prove college readiness
Step 5: Maintain 2.0 GPA (ongoing)
After conditional acceptance is granted by the admissions office, applicants must
provide successful completion of the following:
Step 6: Electronically submit a completed medical form. A licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner should sign the
Step 7: Successful completion of HSC 110 (Introduction to Health Careers) course at SCC the
summer prior to fall admission.
Step 8. Successful completion of ACA-111 (College Student Success) prior to fall enrollment.
Applicants are conditionally accepted based upon their completion of steps 1 through
5 of the admission requirements until seats are filled. The applicants will be ranked
in order by the date applied and by their completion of these steps. If any of the
conditionally accepted applicants forfeit their acceptance, applicants on the alternate
list will be offered a seat in the order their application was completed & submitted.
If an applicant whose name appears on the alternate list is not afforded an opportunity
to begin classes during the year in which he or she has made application, that applicant
will need to submit another application in order to be considered for admission the
following year. (Admission requirements may change from year to year). Any applicant
who forfeits his or her acceptance will not be guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent
year. The applicant must reapply if he or she wishes to be considered for acceptance
at a later date.
Readmission to the respiratory therapy program has a time limit of 3 years from the
semester of withdrawal for any continuing student*. (Example - if you withdraw in
March 2023, you must be readmitted by January 2026 to attempt completion of the program
as a continuing student**)
*Student must successfully pass any reentry competencies**any new admission guidelines will apply
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Stanly Community College is an equal opportunity educational institution and employer.
The College does not practice or condone discrimination in any form against students,
employees, or applicants on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion,
gender, age, or disability consistent with the Assurance of Compliance with Title
VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With
Disabilities Act of 1992.
Full policy can be accessed at https://www.stanly.edu/college-information/notice-nondiscrimination
Program Director – Amy Witschey, MSRC, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RCP
Director of Clinical Education – Ashlyn Isenhour, BSRT, RRT, RCP
Lab Instructor – Joshua Baucom, BSRT, RRT, RCP
Medical Director – William Miles, MD
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