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The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Respiratory Therapy program

Is this program accredited?

The BSRT program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) 264 Precision Blvd Telford, TN 37690 (817) 283-2835.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is 3 years with students completing course work in 9 semesters.

When will the program start?

The program starts in Fall 2023 and will enroll new cohorts every Fall semester.

Are clinicals a part of the program?

Students will attend clinical at several hospitals throughout the region. Students will be scheduled for clinical rotation every semester in the program.

Is the Atrium Forgivable Loan available for this program?

Not at this time, but discussions are in process.

Who is eligible for this program?

All students who meet Cabarrus College Admission Requirements and Program Admission Requirements.

Can courses be taken part time?

No, not at this time.

Are courses on campus, online or a combination?

The program will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous online courses, hybrid courses, and clinical/lab on-campus courses.

What is the employment outlook for Respiratory Therapists?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Respiratory Therapy has a 23% average growth rate from 2020 to 2030 with a projected 31,100 new jobs over this time period.

Is licensure and certification required to practice as a Respiratory Therapist?

Students are required to take national certification exams after graduation and are required to obtain a license from the state they are planning to work in. Students may work under a Respiratory Care Assistant license after completion of the first year of the program.

Does this program accept transfer credit?

Transfer credit will be accepted for general education courses and electives, but all major courses must be completed at Cabarrus College. Please see the college transfer credit policy.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

This will depend on your individual circumstances.  A large percentage of our students receive aid, which includes a mix of scholarships, loans, grants, work/study, institutional gift aid and federal financial aid. Our dedicated financial aid team will work with you individually to find all aid for which you are eligible.  The first step is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  See the Financial Information section of our website for more information.

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