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Respiratory Therapy

What is Respiratory Therapy? 

The Respiratory Therapy program combines a mix of classroom and clinical experiences. Faculty works with clinical sites and prospective employers to assure graduates are prepared for the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Individuals are provided with the knowledge and skill needed to provide care throughout the patient lifespan in various settings.  

The course work includes respiratory care fundamentals, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and critical care. Clinical experience integrates classroom materials into real world applications. Respiratory Therapy is an exciting and challenging career. Therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing and/or other cardiopulmonary problems. Respiratory Therapy 

They also provide education to aid in the prevention of further disease process. Therapists consult with physicians and other healthcare providers to establish a comprehensive patient care plan. 

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NBRC credentialing exam which is required to practice as a respiratory therapist. Employment may be found with acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, physicians’ offices, home care, industry, and community agencies. 

The AAS Degree Respiratory Therapy program at Wilkes Community College located in Wilkesboro, NC, program number 200544, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com) 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website.  Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page:  http://www.coarc.com/47.html. 


Respiratory Therapy Admission Information 


  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Additional Information
  • Checksheets
  • Contact Information

Typical Courses

  • Intro to Respiratory Care
  • RCP Pharmacology
  • RCP Pathophysiology
  • Critical Care Concepts
  • Neonatal/Pediatrics
  • Advanced Monitoring
  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  • Therapeutics/Diagnostics
  • Patient Management

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Respiratory Therapy Program will:

  • Utilize critical thinking, diagnostic, and therapeutic skills to accurately assess the patients’ condition, develop a plan of care, and modify the treatment plan as needed so that safe and effective respiratory care is given.
  • Document completely and accurately using proper grammar and medical terminology.
  • Exhibit ethical, caring, and culturally competent behaviors toward the patients, and their family members.
  • Utilize professional communication and behavior when dealing with patients, their families, and other members of the healthcare team.

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Contact Information:

Billy D. Woods
Billy D. Woods
Director / Instructor,
Respiratory Therapy
 (336) 838-6496