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Respiratory Care Education in North Carolina

  • The first Inhalation Therapy Education Program in the state was at NC Baptist Hospital, starting in 1964. In 1972, this hospital based program moved to Forsyth Technical Institute, which became Forsyth Community College.
  • The second Inhalation Therapy Education Program, established in 1965, was at Duke University Hospital. This program moved to Durham Technical Institute in 1970 to become the state’s first college-based Inhalation Therapy Program.
  • The first baccalaureate Respiratory Care Program in the state was established at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2007.

College-Based Respiratory Care Programs in North Carolina

Date Program Started College
1964 Forsyth Technical Community College
1965 Durham Community College
1973 Central Piedmont Community College
1975 Stanly Community College
1977 Sandhills Communty College
1978 Fayetteville Community College
1979 Carteret Communty College
1983 Pitt Community College
1988 Edgecomb Community College
1988 Robeson Community College
1990 Southwestern Community College
1991 Catawba Vally Community College
1999 Rockingham Community College
2007 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2008 Wilkes Community College
2021 University of North Carolina at Wilmington