Respiratory Care


 The application process for Fall 2020 is over.  The application dates for next year will be in May, 2021.


Slide Show - Introduction to SCC Respiratory Care 


The slide show above will answer most of your questions about the program. We will be glad to schedule an information session at your request to discuss the field of Respiratory Care, the program or the application process. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like a one-on-one session by clicking on the following link to email: Joel Livesay

Be An RRT Video

View Specific Program and Course Requirements Below:

  1. Respiratory Care, AAS

Program Information
View information about this program including semester schedule.

The respiratory therapist is one of the most critical members of any health care team. Respiratory therapists work closely with doctors to diagnose, treat, manage and educate patients with asthma, emphysema and a wide range of other respiratory problems. Respiratory care students learn to assess a patient's need for respiratory care, administer the therapy, evaluate the patient's response and modify the care to provide the maximum benefit to the patient.
Take COL-101.
TAKE ALL 4 GROUPS: 1. TAKE ENG-101 2. TAKE MAT-120 3. TAKE 1 COURSE FROM PSY-201, PSY-203, PSY-212, OR PSY-214 4. Take BIO-210, BIO-211, AND BIO 225
TAKE 1 COURSE FROM: ART-101, ART-107, ART-108, ENG-102, ENG-228, HSS-101, MUS-105 PHI-101, PHI-105, PHI-110, REL-101, REL-104, REL-105 REL-201 SPC-209 SPC-212 OR THE-101
TAKE RES-101, RES-111, RES-121, RES-123, RES-131, RES-141, RES-151, RES-152, RES-204, RES-242, RES-244, RES-245, RES-246, RES-247, RES-255, RES-275, AND RES-277



Respiratory therapists provide direct patient care, patient education, and care coordination. They practice in acute care facilities, long-term acute care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, subacute care units, rehabilitation centers, diagnostic units, and in the home. Their clinical decisions are increasingly data-driven by scientifically supported algorithms (protocols) to deliver respiratory Care. They are involved in research and need to be adept at understanding the practical ramifications of published research. Respiratory therapists use sophisticated medical equipment and perform complex therapeutic procedures and diagnostic studies. They also provide education to patients and other members of the public. Respiratory therapists must possess and in-depth understanding of human physiology and apply that knowledge in the clinical setting.

The continually expanding knowledge base of today's respiratory care field requires a more highly educated professional than ever before. Factors such as increased emphasis on evidence based medicine, focus on respiratory disease management, demands for advanced patient assessment, and growing complexities of American healthcare overall, clearly mandate that respiratory therapists achieve formal academic preparation commensurate with an advanced practice role.

The primary purpose of a formal respiratory care educational program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapist (RRT’s) and prepare competent respiratory therapists for practice across multiple health care venues. The Respiratory Care Program is twenty-four months and the graduate will receive an associate degree. Full-time students in this program enroll in three to five courses per term which average 17-30 class/lab hours per week or 9-12 credit hours per term. The two year graduate will receive an associate of applied science degree in respiratory care and is eligible to apply for admission to the National Board Exams and for South Carolina State Licensure.

Clinical rotations follow the initial fall term. Students are scheduled at affiliated hospitals and other designated areas where practical experience is gained. Affiliated hospitals are Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care, Rutherford Regional Health System, Village of Pelham, Mary Black Health System, and Mary Black Gaffney. Practical studies also include home care, sleep lab, rehabilitation facilities and physician offices.


Each year CoARC (our accreditation agency) awards a program that has (1 three years of outcome data; (2 hold accreditation without a progress report; and (3 have RRT credentialing success of 90% or above with green in all outcomes thresholds. In 2014, only 62 (sixty-two) out of 438 programs in the country met these criteria. We are proud to say we are one of those programs:  CoARC 2020 Awards

Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2020
Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2019

Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2018

Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2017
Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2016
Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2015
Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2014
Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2013
Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success 2012

 To see how our program compares with others across the United States:  See Programmatic Outcome Data
The Be An RT Video which can be found at the following web page,  which shows the roles and responsibilities of respiratory care practitioners and interviews with real-life therapists, students, and physicians, and shows the various work settings and types of patients, as well as educational requirements.
The AARC Online Home Page contains links to many articles. Obtain legislative updates from Washington D. C. regarding health issues and e-mail comments to your senator. There is an on-line application for membership registration and dues renewal.
Check us out on Facebook: SCC Respiratory Care

Program Director
Joel Livesay, MS, RRT, RVT
HSB 347 864.592.4845

Clinical Director 
Anna Marie Peacock, BA, RRT 
HSB 349 864.592.4489

Respiratory Care

Contact Info

Respiratory Care
Joel Livesay, Department Chair


(864) 592-4845

Admission Procedures for SCC Health Programs

Information Session Schedule