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How long will it take?

Professional program consist of 66 hours after all prerequisites are satisfied. Program is 5 semesters in length.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements


  • March 1 Early Acceptance
  • May 17 Regular Acceptance

Respiratory Therapy, B.S.

Respiratory therapy is a health care profession dedicated to the support and management of individuals with abnormalities or deficiencies of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist is an expert in therapeutic and diagnostic modalities associated with the pulmonary system, as well as the heart. He or she must have a working knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and physiology as well as respiratory therapy. This background affords the therapist the ability to become proficient in working with respiratory life support systems. Under the guidance and supervision of a physician, the therapist treats by employing academic knowledge and technical skill for direct patient care. For a dedicated man or woman who finds a service field rewarding, respiratory therapy offers a career opportunity as a vital member of the health care team that is both personally and financially rewarding.

Program Details

Accepted to Georgia State Downtown Campus

Minimum GPA 2.5

All prerequisites complete

If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application. Find out more about applying.

International students: International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.); students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States; students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card; or students who have been educated outside of the U.S. Learn more about the application process.

Transfer students: If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation. View the details.

Criteria for Early Admission

  • Application submitted by March 1
  • TEAS exam scores submitted
  • Faculty Advisement Seminar Completed
  • No more than 2 courses left to be completed

All early admission recipients will be conditionally accepted pending completion of required course work as prescribed by advisement.

All students who apply before March 1 but fail to meet the following criteria will be evaluated for admission after the May deadline (completion of spring semester).

Area D: CHEM 1151K and CHEM 1152K are strongly recommended as the lab science sequence.

Area F: Courses Related to the Program of Study (18)

Area G: Major (66)

The baccalaureate degree program in respiratory therapy seeks to establish an atmosphere in which the student achieves respect for the dignity and worth of the individual, the capacity for critical thinking, a genuine desire for knowledge, and the realization of his or her own potential. Graduates of the baccalaureate program are qualified to enter the Registry Examination System of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Georgia State RT possess a 100% pass rate on the national boards for over a decade.



The overall purpose of the Department of Respiratory Therapy is to provide a quality education that is relevant and professionally sound to meet the respiratory therapy needs of the health care community. Inherent to this purpose is the goal to prepare respiratory therapists who are able to demonstrate the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to meet the changing needs of the community. It will be necessary for the respiratory therapist to cooperate with all members of the health care team in identifying and solving the problems related to respiratory diseases and disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist must be able to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate good judgment, and provide self-direction. It is a primary objective of the respiratory therapy program to educate well-qualified, competent respiratory therapists who demonstrate leadership ability.

Respiratory Therapist work in the following areas:

  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Pediatric and Neonatal Care
  • Older Adult Care
  • Diagnostic
  • Education
  • Home Care
  • Flight Teams


Administrative Coordinator
Josh Roach
[email protected]

Director of Admission
Prof. Brent Murray
[email protected]

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

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