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  1. Is TTC's Respiratory Care Program accredited?

    Yes, the Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  TTC graduates are eligible to take the national board examination (National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc.) to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T.) credential.
  2. How long does this program take?

    TTC's Respiratory Care program is a two-year associate degree program.  Some students may take longer to finish prerequisite courses depending on admission test scores.
  3. What are my estimated costs?

    The following estimate is to be used as a guide only.  Costs are subject to change.
Tuition (Full-time/Tri-county)
Books/supplies (Respiratory only)
Uniforms (lab coats, uniforms, shoes)
Name badge
Bandage scissors
Watch with second hand
AARC membership ($50/year)
Graduation fee
Self-assessment exams
SC licensure
NBRC entry-level exam

Total  (Approximately)

50 - 100


  1. What type of insurance is required?

    All accepted students must show proof of personal health insurance and proof of major medical insurance coverage at their own expense.

Students must obtain the required student malpractice (liability) insurance through payment of college fees each semester.

  1. Will I need a physical examination by a physician?

    Students must submit a completed health history form to the Program Coordinator during orientation.  Your health history form must provide information on your immunizations (especially MMR vaccination) and tuberculosis testing. (TTC requires 2-step TB testing.)  This information is required by the College and our clinical affiliates.
  2. When should I obtain CPR certification?

    All students must have CPR certification prior to clinical rotations (see Trident Technical College Catalog).  Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.  Courses are also offered through area hospitals or the American Heart Association.  The course must be BLS Course C (AHA).
  3. What is the job outlook for respiratory therapists?
    By the year 2006, it is estimated that the need for respiratory therapists will increase by 46%.  Entry-level therapists in the Low Country region can expect to earn from $29,000 to $32,000 annually  depending upon the facility in which they work.


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