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The Georgia Society for Respiratory Care is an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care. The AARC is the only professional society for respiratory therapists in hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training.

This site is dedicated to the professional development of respiratory therapists in Georgia, and the patients they care for. Feel free to browse the site and email our team if you have questions or ideas.

Our Mission Statement

Inspire, Educate, Support and Advocate for respiratory health.


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2016 Winter Clinical Symposium

Friday, February 19, 2016
Macon Marriott City Center - Macon, GA

Featuring tracks for RT Managers, Therapists, and RT Students!

For more information and to register online for the RT and Manager program, click here.
For more information on and to register online for the Student program, click here.

Telemedicine: The Promise and Challenges

Find the full article here.

PACT 2015 Update

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Congratulations to the May 2015 Respiratory Therapy Graduates!

You can find the May 2015 Respiratory Therapy graduates and more information on what GSRC does for students by visiting our Student Resources page.  

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GSRC Supporter Program

GSRC is involved in many activities that support:

  • Education of RRTs, students, the public, and our patients
  • Advocacy of the profession
  • Communication among members, the public, and our colleagues in medicine
  • Scholarships for RT students
  • National initiatives, such as disaster relief and the establishment of international respiratory programs

Learn more about the GSRC Supporter Program and how you can join - HERE.

GSRC's Top Ten Reasons to Get Involved - Join Today!


1.     AARC membership includes membership in the GSRC at no additional cost.

2.     AARC membership saves therapists money.  What you pay in dues will be returned to you many times in discounts, services, and direct benefits to your pocketbook.

3.     AARC membership can bring you real-time information when you need it to perform better in your job, and to be better for your patients.

4.     AARC membership dues are a bargain when you compare them to other health association’s cost of living indices and other products and services you buy independently.

5.     AARC dues are $89 per year for a digital membership; just $7.42 per month!  If you take advantage of discounts from car rentals to life insurance rates, you can save more than this in a given year.

6.     AARC offered 51 free CEUs in the past year and 216 CEUs were offered at a discount to members.

7.     AARC magazines can be delivered online to reduce clutter in your mailbox.

8.     AARC fights for the rights of the Respiratory Therapist throughout the country and the world.  Examples include:

a.     Several states have already made efforts to remove licensure from RTs including: Texas, Michigan, and California.  These bills have been defeated, but may return.

b.     Several states are currently considering ending licensure for RTs including: Illinois and Indiana.

9.     NBRC, CoARC, ARCF, and State Composite Medical Board – Explained:

a.     NBRC – administers credentialing exams. Membership dues are $25 per year.

b.     CoARC – accredits schools to ensure educational quality.

c.     ARCF – raises money to support scholarships and fellowships.

d.     State Composite Medical Board – administers licensure in the state of Georgia.  Dues are $105 every two years.

10.  The cost to be a professionally licensed therapist in the state of Georgia and be a member of your professional organization $165.50 per year.  That’s just  $13.80 per month.  For the average therapist in the state, that represents 0.003% of your salary.


If you would like to download a copy of the GSRC's Top Ten Reasons to Get Involved to share with your friends and colleagues, you can download that here.

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President's Message

by Jeff Thompson, President

Hello Georgia RCPs, Future RCPs, Family and Friends of the Respiratory Profession:

I am very excited and yet humbled by the opportunity to serve as the President of the GSRC. I have been involved with the Board of Directors for the past 5 years, and I have found this group of engaged Therapist to be a breath of fresh air to me. These are like-minded people with a common goal of making this Society the best it can be.

I started out in the medical field as a Medic/EMT in the United States Air Force stationed in Louisiana. There I figured out what Respiratory was all about and decided to pursue it as a career. The local community college had a CRTT program taught by the Louisiana State University Professors in an adjunct role. I completed the program and acquired my CRTT credential and through some general coaxing by the professors I applied and was accepted into the Bachelor of Cardiopulmonary Science program at LSU. I completed this degree and my RRT and worked mainly Critical Care and NICU at LSU Medical Center. In those days, there were not enough of us to go around so we worked in all areas of the Medical Center. As such, I learned how to take care of all patients. I eventually found my way to Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. They recruited me to help in the NICU they were taking from a Level I to a Level II. I fully intended to start traveling after a year at Floyd however; along came the love of my life and told me I was staying in Rome with her. Here I am 19 years later with two boys, Cade 15 and Cason 13. I decided that I wanted to attempt to run the RT department myself. I pursued a Master’s in Business to learn how to manage a business because that is what a department is within an organization. In 2008, I completed my MBA from the University of Phoenix, and I became the Director of Respiratory Care at Floyd Medical Center.

Change is going to remain the theme of my Presidency as was Jan’s because we have to change in order to survive. We have a membership rate in the 33% range and this cannot stand if we want to have a powerful voice moving forward. Apathy is a likely cause for the low membership rate. I know working RT’s can afford the $7.42 a month to be a member of the AARC, which automatically makes you a member of the GSRC. We also need more people to get involved in what is going on. We have so many bright people in our field, and we need their thoughts and ideas to help us make this a great organization.

We have seen states attempt to remove the RT license from their state, and it takes all of us speaking out for the safety of our patients to stop these types of legislative activities from occurring. We need our many voices to say, “We are here and this is what we do”. The AARC is currently lobbying hard in Hollywood to have an RT character on a show or for the drug companies to use an RT in their advertisements on COPD. People need to know us and understand what we do for them and their loved ones who need us.

For those of you who are members, we challenge you to find your non-member colleagues and encourage them to join the GSRC. If you are a manager, we hope you are already a GSRC member and are able to support your staff. If you are interested in helping our Membership Committee, please let us know. If every member could give just one hour of their time to assist in our society we would have 32 hours of labor a week being done in the great state of Georgia.

In closing, I want to thank you for this opportunity to serve as your President, and I, along with the newly elected Board of Directors, will work to promote the Respiratory Care Profession within our state as well as our country. Remember our Mission Statement is to “Inspire, Educate, Support, and Advocate for Respiratory Health.”


Jeff Thompson MBA RRT-NPS

President Georgia Society for Respiratory Care 2015-2016

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Georgia Society for Respiratory Care

2711 Irvin Way
Suite 111
Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: (404) 299-4641
Fax: (404) 299-7029