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The Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree Program at Blue Ridge Community College provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become licensed respiratory therapists. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in diverse healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics and home care. Demand for the profession is expected to increase by 14% by 2030.

This Respiratory Therapy program is offered through a collaboration between Blue Ridge Community College and Southwestern Community College. The degree is awarded by Southwestern Community College after all program requirements are met. Classes take place at Blue Ridge on Blue Ridge’s Transylvania County Campus. Applicants to this program are required to complete admissions applications for both colleges.

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Southwestern Community College is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program at Blue Ridge Community College as a satellite consortium. However, Southwestern Community College can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC.​