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Respiratory therapists are a critical part of lifesaving teams, from emergency rooms to ICUs to medical/surgical units. This high-demand field offers a variety of career options, good pay, flexible work schedules and opportunities for growth. Find your calling as a respiratory therapist and be the lifesaver someone is counting on. 


  • The only hospital-based BSRT program in NC
  • Three-year accelerated program (the only one in NC) includes summer attendance and helps you graduate and start working as soon as possible
  • Low 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small classes allow for individualized instruction
  • High-demand field with plentiful, well-paying jobs and flexible schedules
  • Offers a wide variety of career options in adult, pediatric and neonatal respiratory care
  • Growing profession with excellent opportunities for advancement
  • Flexible program with online/hybrid classes and scheduling designed to facilitate part-time employment, if desired, while earning your degree
  • Affiliated with Atrium Health:
  • Preferred access to Atrium Health clinical sites
  • Learn from the region’s most experienced healthcare professionals
  • Access to leading-edge technology
  • Pipeline to jobs in one of the country’s largest healthcare systems


The Mission of the Respiratory Therapy program at Cabarrus College is to provide an inclusive learning environment of curiosity and critical inquiry that deepens knowledge and devotion to prevent and treat cardiopulmonary disease with compassion for all.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 

The goals of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program are to prepare graduates:

  • To demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).
  • To address the need for healthcare leaders in the field of respiratory care.
  • To address the need for healthcare educators in the field of respiratory care.
  • For the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research and advance clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy (RT) program, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze clinical information to manage cardiopulmonary disease.
  • Perform the practical skills necessary within the scope of a registered respiratory therapist.
  • Provide inclusive, compassionate cardiopulmonary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in one or more of the following areas: management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice.
Testimonial quote
“Having been in the field of respiratory therapy for many years – 28 as an RT and 17 as an educator – I know and see the importance of peer and interprofessional learning.  We’re creating a community here where all cohorts interact and learn from each other. They are invested in learning because they will be giving back to the classes that come behind them.”
Program Chair
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

*Pending SACSCOC and CoARC approval