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Immersive Healthcare Environment

Individualized Attention

Unmatched Clinical Experience

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs!

We’re on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus.

8:1 student-to-teacher ratio with an average class size of 19.

Preferred access to Atrium Health clinical sites.

Job placement assistance and a direct pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health and elsewhere.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

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Atrium Health Campus. Small College Perks. Affordable.

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You can be the lifesaver someone is counting on with a degree in respiratory therapy from Cabarrus College.  This high-demand field offers a wide variety of career options — from emergency medicine to critical care to pulmonary function testing — good pay, flexible work schedules and opportunities for growth.

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Kathryn McRae, RN, 21, 22
Associate of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hear From More of Our Proud Alumni

“Having been in the field of respiratory therapy for many years – 28 as an RT and 17 as an educator – I know and see the importance of peer and interprofessional learning.  We’re creating a community here where all cohorts interact and learn from each other. They are invested in learning because they will be giving back to the classes that come behind them.”

Program Chair
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

“I chose Cabarrus College because of its excellent reputation and affiliation with Atrium Health.  Even local doctors and nurses I spoke with praised the school, commenting on the exceptional healthcare professionals that graduate from there. I have not been let down.  The staff is so supportive, and I appreciate the feeling of community.  The faculty is committed to providing high-quality education and genuinely wants me to succeed.  Hands down the best decision I have made for my future healthcare career.”

Ashleigh Owen, CMA(AAMA), ’21
Medical Assistant


  • 3-year accelerated program (the only one in NC) includes summer attendance and helps you graduate and start working as soon as possible
  • Bachelor’s degree prepares you for leadership or advanced education
  • The only hospital-based BSRT program in NC
  • Low 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small classes allow for individualized instruction
  • High-demand field with plentiful, well-paying jobs and flexible schedules
  • Offers a wide variety of career options in adult, pediatric and neonatal respiratory care
  • Growing profession with excellent opportunities for advancement
  • Flexible program with online/hybrid classes and scheduling designed to facilitate part-time employment, if desired, while earning your degree
  • Affiliated with Atrium Health: 

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“One thing that sold me when visiting Cabarrus College was the close-knit environment. Immediately I felt like I was at home, and I knew that this was the perfect fit for me. The faculty are all amazing and they truly care about you as an individual, not just as their student or another number. They want to see you succeed and will do whatever it takes to help get you there as long as you put in the same effort in return.”

  • Preferred access to Atrium Health clinical sites
  • Learn from the region’s most experienced healthcare professionals
  • Access to leading-edge technology
  • Pipeline to jobs in one of the country’s largest healthcare systems

“Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is part of Atrium Health, which is the largest healthcare system in the area. This partnership has the advantage of top-notch clinical rotations and hands-on lab experiences. I never had to worry about placement or learning experiences.”

Andrea Mosconi, RN, BSN, 21, ’23
Associate of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Respiratory therapists are a critical part of lifesaving teams, from emergency rooms to ICUs to medical/surgical units — sometimes all in the same day. Start your career in respiratory therapy with our 3-year bachelor’s degree. Now enrolling.

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Quality Education You Can Afford

Cabarrus College is the least expensive private college in North Carolina, delivering unrivaled value in healthcare education. Our dedicated financial aid team works individually with each student to find every grant, every loan and every bit of institutional gift aid we can offer to keep your out-of-pocket costs low. In fact, our aid packages will have you wondering why you ever thought a private college education was out of reach. Options include:

  • Cabarrus Cares Scholarship – Covers up to 100% of tuition and general fees, after expected family contribution and other grants and scholarships are applied, for students from North Carolina who enroll full time directly from high school and demonstrate financial need 
  • Merit scholarships (based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores) 
  • NC Community College Partners Scholarship – Up to 100% of tuition and general fees, after expected family contribution and other grants and scholarships are applied, for new students who enroll full time directly from Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College or Stanly Community College, have a community college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (from the last institution attended) and demonstrate need 
  • NC Community College Allied Health Transfer Scholarship – For new transfer students who enroll full time directly from any NC community college into the Respiratory Therapy program; must have a community college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship – For new transfer students who are members of the PTK national honor society 
  • Legacy Scholarships – For new or transfer students who are dependents (as determined by the FAFSA) of Cabarrus College alumni 
  • 1942 Club Scholarship – Need- and merit-based award for students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need
  • Atrium Health Teammate Dependent Scholarship – For full-time, dependent (as determined by the FAFSA) students whose parent/guardian is employed by Atrium Health 

Talk to our financial aid office for more information on these scholarships and other available aid.


of our students pass licensure and certification, far exceeding state and national averages.*


are employed within six months of graduation.*

*Based on 2023 collegewide data.

A respected leader in healthcare education, Cabarrus College provides immersive, innovative education that will prepare you to provide exemplary care for the patients and communities you serve. We are renowned for our small, welcoming environment and faculty who are more than instructors – they're mentors who will ensure you graduate ready to serve with confidence, courage and compassion.  

Situated on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences offers advantages you won't find elsewhere:


  • 18 degrees in 11 health science disciplines
  • Bachelor's and master's degrees in various fields
  • Diplomas and associate degrees for students who want to be working in healthcare in 1-2 years
  • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 19
  • Individualized instruction
  • Hands-on experience right away in clinical programs
  • Immersive, professional healthcare environment
  • Flexible with online, on-campus and hybrid programs, with full- or part-time options
  • Affordable  Generous scholarships and financial aid packages; 88% of our students receive financial aid, with awards averaging nearly $16,000 per year
  • Quality education – 97% of graduates pass certification and licensure exams, exceeding state and national averages
  • Jobs! 96% of our graduates are employed within 6 months
  • Affiliated with Atrium Health:

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  • Preferred access to clinical experiences at Atrium Health
  • State-of-the-art campus and facilities
  • Forgivable loan for many programs
  • Pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health