Gwinnett Tech’s Respiratory Care Program Earns Top Reputation with Perfect Pass Rates

Gwinnett Tech’s Respiratory Care program is considered one of the top programs of its kind in the country – not surprising when the program’s graduates boast a six-year streak of 100 percent pass rates on the field’s national credentialing exam, a rare accomplishment.

Earlier this month the college’s Respiratory Care program was honored by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Conference Summer Forum. According to Program Director Nadya Khoja, the award honors colleges that had a 90 percent or above on RRT (Register Respiratory Therapist) credentialing success, attrition and positive job placement.

“Gwinnett Tech’s program is respected throughout hospitals and outpatient theatres across the state,” said Tim Washburn, a Gwinnett Tech Respiratory Care graduate. “The program prepared me to be confident in all situations and think critically on my feet.” 

Respiratory care therapists have a critical role in caring for patients suffering from heart and lung illnesses. Gwinnett Tech’s respiratory care program trains its students using the latest medical technology and equipment, so they are well prepared for employment in the field.

“I was able to experience working in critical care areas at a number of top metro area hospitals during my clinical rotations – one of which offered me a job before I even completed the program,” said Daisha Thomas, a Gwinnett Tech respiratory care graduate. “I am proud to have studied under instructors who were immensely passionate and who collectively shared more than 60 years of their experience, knowledge and professional wisdom. Studying Respiratory Care at GTC remains one of the best investments I've ever made in myself.” 

Respiratory therapists’ patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. These professionals also provide emergency care for high-risk patients in their most intense moments like those suffering from a heart attack, drowning or shock.

Gwinnett Tech’s associate degree in respiratory care can be completed in about two years.

Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 150 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.