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Cardiopulmonary Science Program

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Cardiopulmonary Science (Respiratory Therapy) Home


Cardiopulmonary Science
The Nave Center

1000 Jason Witten Way
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Ph: (423) 439-5050


College of Clinical &
Rehabilitative Health Sciences
East Tennessee State University

P.O. Box 70282
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-7454
Fax: (423) 439-4240

girls working in the lab for respiratory

The Cardiopulmonary Science - Respiratory Therapist Program is administered in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiopulmonary Science provides the general education core and allied health core, cardiopulmonary didactic, and laboratory courses, and clinical internship education necessary for the advanced respiratory care practitioner. 

Respiratory therapists provide care for patients with heart and lung problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and sleep apnea, but also those experiencing a heart attack or suffering a stroke. They perform diagnostic tests for lung capacity, administer breathing treatments, record a patient's progress and consult with physicians and surgeons on continuing care.

Program Goals

  • Goal 1: 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).
  • Goal 2: 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, advanced clinical practice.



This profession ranked #21 in "The 100 Best Jobs" and #16 in "Best Health Care Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report for 2018.


coarc logoThe Cardiopulmonary Science program (#200398) is accredited by and programmatic outcome data is available through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3 year time period being reported
  • CRT credentialing success
  • RRT credentialing success
  • Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam (beginning 2018)
  • Job placement
  • Overall graduate satisfaction
  • Overall employer satisfaction
  • On-time graduation rate
  • Total number of program enrollees
  • Total number of program graduates
  • Maximum annual enrollment

East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, or, for questions about the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.

Ground classes are held at the Nave Center in Elizabethton.








we are one of three school to have this bachelors of science program inTennessee 

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