A Letter from the Chair


Welcome and thank you for visiting Georgia State’s Department of Respiratory Therapy’s website. This website provides information on the field of respiratory therapy, with links to other helpful websites such as the U.S. Department of Labor and the AARC (American Association for Respiratory Care), as well as useful information on the various facets of Georgia State’s respiratory therapy programs. If you are accepted and matriculate to one of our programs, this website will continue be a major resource for you, providing updated academic information and the contacts and links that will guide you from your first registration, through graduation, and as an alumnus.

Founded in 1969 the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State has developed over the years into a nationally acclaimed graduate and undergraduate program. A nationwide survey of Respiratory Therapy educators conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio ranked our program 1st among all Respiratory Therapy programs in the country.

Faculty in our programs integrate critical thinking and simulation into teaching and research to provide students to opportunity to excel in the profession . Our location in downtown Atlanta provides students with the opportunity to perform their clinical practice at some of the leading healthcare institutions in the southeast including Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory Healthcare, Northside Hospital, Piedmont Hospital and Wellstar Health Systems.

Our faculty are state and national leaders in the respiratory therapy profession. The level of scholarship and research is second to none. Students have the opportunity to assist in research, publish research as well as to participate in professional lectures and presentations around the country.

Since 2009 our student have a 100% RRT pass-rate before graduation. Our graduates are in high demand, finding employment immediately after graduation at a rate consistently over 95% and many go on to supervisory and academic careers in the field.

The Department of Respiratory Therapy holds Full Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835


Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Page. This site will provide information concerning outcomes data as reported by our accreditation agency The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). http://www.coarc.com/47.html

The faculty and I wish you the best in your search. We hope you chose the Georgia State University and the Department of Respiratory Therapy.

Warmest Regards,
Douglas S. Gardenhire, Ed.D, RRT-NPS, FAARC
Chair and Clinical Associate Professor

Georgia State University
Respiratory Therapy
P.O. Box 4019
Atlanta, GA 30302-4019
[email protected]
(404) 413-1225 p
(404) 413-1230 f

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