01-02-13-johnholloman.gifBreathing should be the easiest natural process a person can do, but for millions of people, it can be a struggle. The Respiratory Therapy program at Fayetteville Technical Community College equips gradu-ates with the skill to service patients of all ages who face respiratory breathing problems. Through lec-ture, laboratory and hospital clinical rotations, students learn the basic physiology of respiratory therapy needed for patient assessments, oxygen therapy, diagnostic proce-dures and ventilator management. Graduates will have an in-depth un-derstanding of the anatomy and pathology of the respiratory system for identification, treatment, manage-ment and rehabilitation of diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and interstitial lung disease, just to name a few. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills for troubleshooting and equipment manipulation.

After earning an associate of applied science degree with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy at FTCC, students are qualified to take the required na-tional boards, the Certified Respiratory Therapist and Registered Respiratory Therapist exams. Graduates who successfully earn CRT certification may then apply to the state agency for licensure and begin work in most states. The advanced credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist involves a two-step examination process that may be attempted after the CRT certification is obtained. The RRT credential is not only a professional achievement but also a monetary benchmark. According to, a CRT’s median salary is $46,000, while RRT’s make about $8,000 more.

If you are an ambitious problem-solver who is looking for a challenging, exciting and dynamic career in healthcare and are team oriented and enjoys helping others, then respiratory therapy may be the profession for you.

Application deadline is Jan. 30, 2013, for fall semester 2013. Visit our website at to learn more about the Respiratory Therapy program as well as other opportunities available to you at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Email with questions about the training at FTCC that can lead to your future career in Respiratory Therapy!

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