[Beverly Prince; John Shelburne]
(Associate of Applied Science)
The Respiratory Care Technology Program offers a basic two year associate degree program of study. Students are trained to perform clinical tasks included in the Respiratory Therapist’s job description and in many instances fill staff and supervisory positions in the hospital environment. Students are also trained to perform clinical tasks included in the advanced practitioner job description. These skills include advanced cardiac life support, advanced patient assessment, neonatal/pediatric management, home care/pulmonary rehabilitation and advanced mechanical ventilation and PFT’s.
Students follow a two year course study designed to integrate the study of basic sciences, respiratory care and applied clinical technique as well as advanced respiratory care courses which include specialized clinical rotations. Students are required to complete all course work with a grade of “C” or higher, in order to progress to the next semester. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. After graduation the student will be eligible to take the the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). After passing this exam, students are then eligible to take the clinical simulation examinations also administered by the NBRC. Once this exam is passed the RRT credential is awarded. The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC may be contacted at 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835 or at www.coarc.com.