Welcome to the Department of Respiratory Therapy! I want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about our profession and programs here at Middle Georgia State University. We offer two programs of study: An Associate of Science program which prepares you to be a Respiratory Therapist and a Bachelor of Science Completion program which allows the practicing Registered Respiratory Therapist to complete their bachelor degree while developing the specialty areas of respiratory therapy.
Respiratory Therapy is a health science profession that cares for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Quite simply, respiratory therapists help people who have difficulty breathing. Respiratory therapists treat a diverse group of patients ranging from premature infants to the elderly. Many diseases or conditions often require the expertise of respiratory therapists. Some of these include asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, infant respiratory distress syndrome, and conditions brought on by shock, trauma or postoperative surgical complications. Respiratory therapists are an integral part of the health care team, and work in most patient care areas of hospitals, many of which are specialty areas such as newborn labor and delivery, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, the pulmonary function laboratory, the diagnostic sleep laboratory, adult intensive care units, emergency rooms, and cardiopulmonary stress testing. In addition to hospitals, the respiratory therapist delivers respiratory care in the home, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, emergency flight transport, physician offices, and education.
The Respiratory Therapy AS program at Middle Georgia State University is five semesters in length, and upon completion, awards an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Thirty-four semester hours of prerequisite course work is required prior to entering the program and our faculty will advise you through this entire process. We also have a Bachelor of Science Completion Program, which will allow you to earn your B.S. in Respiratory Therapy while also working within the field. Our RT faculty are committed to student success and eager to assist you toward your future career. Our students are engaged within the University and the community and work toward building a professional portfolio from the day they enter our program.
I encourage you to consider Respiratory Therapy and explore the following suggested websites to learn more about the profession: The American Association for Respiratory Care at www.aarc.org, and the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care at www.gasrc.org. You may also contact our department at 478-471-2783. We will look forward to hearing from you!
Teri Miller, M.Ed., RRT, CPFT
Chair, Department of Respiratory Therapy