Jun 15, 2021 | Health Sciences , Featured

Columbia State Pins 14 Respiratory Care Grads

Maury Co Respiratory Care students
Maury County: Amy Tennant, Maggie McKnight, Brittany Meadows an Lakihya Taylor.

Columbia State recognized 14 respiratory care graduates during its annual pinning ceremony.

Students who are trained to work as respiratory therapists provide assessment, diagnostic evaluation, treatment and care for patients with breathing disorders. Upon completion of the program, graduates have become experts in artificial ventilation, resuscitation and airway management.    

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings including long-term care facilities, home care agencies and area hospitals, such as Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Maury Regional Medical Center, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Lawrenceburg, Saint Thomas West Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Columbia State’s respiratory care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. All students participate in supervised, hands-on care in a variety of area healthcare settings and receive adult, pediatric and neonatal training.

“This past year has definitely increased public awareness about the importance of the role of the respiratory therapist in achieving positive patient outcomes,” said Dr. Kae Fleming, dean of the Health Sciences Division and professor of radiologic technology. “Columbia State's respiratory therapy graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to join the frontlines and make a difference.”

For more information about applying to the respiratory care program, visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/Respiratory-Care.

Davidson County: Alexiss Allen


Hickman County: Cora Hall


Lawrence County: Sarah Chaffin


Marshall County: Courtney Runk, Ashley Neill, Britni Davis and Tamara Mobley.


Williamson County: Taylor Secrest, Chase McGee and Tyler Stallings.