Cardio Respiratory Care Sciences

Registered Respiratory Therapist

PB-980 Faculty:
Dr. Christine Hamilton, Professor Brenda Batts,  Dr. Stephen Carey,  Dr. Devin Sherman.

The overall goal of the Bachelor degree program in Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences (CRCS) is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). The program strives to prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice. The program is designed as a four-year curriculum plan; students complete pre-professional general education courses during the first two years and advance to the CRCS professional courses during the last two years. Upon completion of the program of study, Tennessee State University awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences. 

The field of Respiratory Care needs respiratory care practitioners to administer various treatment modalities/medications, perform diagnostic procedures and/or manage sophisticated life-support equipment. Although the majority of respiratory care practitioners are employed by hospitals, opportunities to practice outside of the standard hospital setting are developing.

Our Graduates
Students receive excellent clinical training in affiliated hospitals. Some of our graduates go on to complete graduate degrees. The demand for respiratory therapy is quite good. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that it has a projected growth rate that is to "increase at a faster than average" rate.  Read more about that here .

What does a job in Respiratory Care Look Like?
The field of Respiratory Care needs practitioners to work in hospitals, homecare, laboratories, and sales or business. In the clinical setting, Respiratory Therapists administer various treatments, medications, perform diagnostic procedures, and/or manage sophisticated life-support equipment. They may be used in areas as diverse as working in intensive care units including premature infants to adults, valuable members of the CPR team, and giving breathing treatments to asthmatics. Although the majority of respiratory care practitioners are employed by hospitals, opportunities to practice outside of the standard hospital setting are developing. A Bachelor of Science degree is a good foundation and allows the therapist to climb the career ladder.

What classes should I take?    CRCS Curriculum

Requirements:   Requirements for Admission

Admission package:    Here is the link to the admission package
The program receives applications from January through June each year for those students desiring to enter junior year of the program.

Accreditation:  The Cardio Respiratory Care program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC ). Probationary Accreditation was conferred after the July 2019 CoARC Board meeting. Probationary Accreditation is a temporary status of accreditation (maximum duration of 2 years). A program on Probation maintains the accreditation status existing prior to conferral of probation, which is Continuing Accreditation for Tennessee State University’s program. Enrolled students graduating from a program under Probationary Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program and are eligible to take the National Board Examinations. The next review for Tennessee State University’s Cardio Respiratory Care Program is scheduled for the July 2020 CoARC Board meeting. For additional information regarding accreditation status, visit Successful graduates of the program receive a B.S. degree in Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences and are eligible to take the National Board Examinations .

Graduates of the program are qualified to be respiratory therapists and able to work in a variety of settings.  You may also wish to view Programmatic Outcomes Data .

Request Additional Information:

Applications for the fall 2020 cohort of the Cardio-Respiratory Care Program will be accepted January 1 - June 30, 2020. Courses in the major begin each fall semester. For more information, you may contact us at:

Tennessee State University
Department of Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences & Health Information 
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Box 9527
Nashville, TN 37209-1561 
Phone: 615-963-7431  

webpage contact:
Cardio-Respiratory Dept