Pre-Respiratory Therapy

Award: Career Studies Certificate
Additional Program Information

Purpose: To prepare students for admission in the A.A.S. degree program in Respiratory Therapy at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC).

Possible occupations for graduates: licensed respiratory therapist in hospitals, clinics, research facilities, home care agencies, and alternate care sites.

The Respiratory Therapy Associate of Applied Science degree program is a partnership program with Reynolds Community College. Students complete general education courses at Blue Ridge Community College and subsequently apply to Reynolds Community College to complete the remaining program requirements. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to treat, manage, and care for patients with breathing abnormalities, under the supervision of a physician.

For information about general education requirements at BRCC, go to or contact Ms. Beth Styers in the Academic Advising Center. For additional information about the Respiratory Therapy program, contact Ms. Sherry Compton at Reynolds Community College at 804-523-5013.

All courses in this career studies certificate must be complete or in progress by the application deadline for admission into the A.A.S. degree program in Respiratory Therapy at JSRCC. Completion of this career studies certificate does not guarantee admission into J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Respiratory Therapy A.A.S. program. 

Prior to applying to the A.A.S. degree program in Respiratory Therapy at JSRCC, students enrolled in the CSC must also complete the following:

  • MTE 1-MTE 5 (or successful math placement test score)
  • RTH 102 and RTH 121 (taken through JSRCC)

Students should work with an Academic Advisor and consult the College website at for a full list of admission requirements.


Code Title Credit Hours
SDV 100College Success Skills1
ENG 111College Composition I3
BIO 141Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 142Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ITE 119Information Literacy3
Literature/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3
Social and Behavioral Science elective3
Total Credit Hours21