Cardio Respiratory Care Sciences

Registered Respiratory Therapist

hospital Faculty: C. Hamilton, B. Batts,  S. Carey,  D. 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 affective (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 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 indicate 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 would I be taking?

CRCS Curriculum


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.


The Respiratory Care  program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). 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 2018 cohort of the Cardio-Respiratory Care Program are currently being accepted through June 30, 2018. Courses in the major begin each fall semester. For more information, you may contact us at:

Tennessee State University
Respiratory Care

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Box 9527
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
Phone: 615-963-7431 (department phone) or 615-963-7420 (Dr. Christine Hamilton)

webpage contact:
Cardio-Respiratory Dept