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
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
This profession ranked #51 in "The 100 Best Jobs" and #24 in "Best Health Care Jobs"
by U.S. News & World Report for 2015.
The Cardiopulmonary Science program is accredited by and programmatic outcome data
is available through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
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 http://www.sacscoc.org, for questions about the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.
Ground classes are held at the Nave Center in Elizabethton.