Mar 27, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Respiratory Care

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Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title including concentrations: (optional)

A.A.S. Degree in __________________ with concentrations in:

  • N/A



Section 2.


CIP Code: 31.51.0908.00


SOC Code/s: 29-1126

SOC 1:

SOC 2:

SOC 3:



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Program Description:

 The Respiratory Care program provides students didactic, laboratory and clinic experiences needed to become respiratory therapists. A respiratory therapist is a healthcare professional that assists the physician in the diagnosis, evaluation, care and education for those with disorders of the cardio-respiratory system. The program provides clinical experiences at a variety of area healthcare facilities. Graduates will be prepared to take the national credentialing exams to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist, RRT, credential and prepared to obtain employment as a respiratory therapist.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Meet or exceed the program outcomes as established by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, CoARC, the accrediting body for Respiratory Care education.
  2. Prepare graduates to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, NBRC.



Concentrations are optional but if applicable please list name of the concentration and a description of the concentration and concentration outcomes.




Technical Certificates:

Each certificate should be identified with a title, program description, and outcomes (see above). 




CIP Code:

Please assign CIP codes that are appropriate for degree and/or certificates.  In addition, identify a specific CIP Code for all concentrations. 




Professional Accrediting Body:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, CoARC.


State Agency/Entity Oversight:



Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded:

(Specify whether the credential is awarded as a component of the degree/certificate or if it is optional, meaning that the student is prepared and eligible to take the test for the credential. Also, each course summary form should identify whether the course contributes to the opportunity to earn a specific credential.)

The graduate will be eligible to apply to take the National Board for Respiratory Care, NBRC, credentialing exams. Upon passing the exams the graduate is eligible to apply for a permanent license as awarded by the State regulatory body.


Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT): (Which courses are projected to align with TCAT programs?)



Section 3.


Concentration(s) within the A.A.S. in


Concentration Description:

  • Course 1:
  • Course 2:
  • Course 3:

(Note:  A concentration description with a minimum of 9 SCH is required for EACH concentration recommended by the Statewide Curriculum Committee.  The institution will also be required to specify a minimum or 6 additional SCH to define the concentration.  In the future, it is possible that a concentration will require a minimum of 12 defined SCH required as the “concentration core” and 6 additional SCH defined by the institution.  This is not currently required.  Currently a concentration is defined as a minimum of 15 SCH, but this may increase to 18 SCH.)

Specializations or special career paths can be defined by the institution without having to establish a formal concentration that appears on the Academic Program Inventory.  However, the only way to identify these specializations is to manually type it into “comments” for the transcript. 

Conversations with some industry representatives indicate that they rely on the students resume to identify any specializations or special skills.  As long as the transcript had courses to support that position there should be no concern.  It is rare that an employer would request a transcript from an A.A.S. graduate.


General Education Requirements*

Common Courses to Complete the Degree and/or Technical Certificates

 (This list includes the courses identified in the previous section for the Professional Core Course Requirements, i.e., Major Field Core, followed by ALL other courses from which TBR institutions can choose to develop this same program, but with appropriate flexibility to address local and regional workforce needs or unique concerns of an institution.  If a certificate program is embedded within this degree, all courses required for the certificate will have to be included in this Library.)

(Rubrics are assigned with 4 alpha letters and 4 digits.  The first digit is assigned based upon the course level (1st year or 2nd year).  The second digit is the number of semester credit hours (SCH) assigned to the course.  The last two digits are to be used for course sequencing.)

Additional Approved Courses

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