Respiratory Care Program
The Respiratory Care Program prepares students to become competent, professional, advanced level respiratory therapists.
Skillful providers of respiratory care are in increasing demand. Respiratory Care Practitioners are prepared to administer pulmonary care under the direction of licensed physicians. Their tasks involve the administration of medical gases, medications by inhalation, pulmonary drainage and positive pressure breathing treatments. Knowledge of special life-support equipment and methods of monitoring the critically-ill patients are required of respiratory care practitioners. Individuals educated as respiratory care therapists must complete a minimum of two years of education. Upon completion of the Respiratory Care Program at Rhodes State College, graduates are eligible to sit for the national board exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Therapists assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities. Therapists scope of practice includes specific knowledge of cardiopulmonary and renal anatomy, pathology, clinical management, therapeutics and diagnostics. Excellent communication skills are necessary in order to consult with physicians and other members of the health care team. A most important standard in the profession of Respiratory Care is for practitioners to serve as a role model in matters concerning health by abstaining from the use of tobacco products at home, school and work environments.
The percentage rate of graduates who have been employed in the respiratory field has been extremely high. Many students have been employed part-time in area hospitals while they complete their associate degree.
Job opportunities are expected to be very good, especially for respiratory therapists with critical care skills or experience working with infants. Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016, because of substantial growth in numbers of the middle-aged and elderly population, a development that will heighten the incidence of cardiopulmonary disease.
Once you enter the profession, you may want to specialize in an area such as neonatal care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, helicopter transport, critical care, rehabilitation, education, or management.
For additional career information, go to the American Association for Respiratory Care website.
All applicants accepted to Rhodes State College must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understood, and are able to meet the standards. Students are provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. A more detailed explanation is available in the General Prep Manual.
NOTE: A most important standard in the profession of Respiratory care is for practitioners to serve as a role model in matters concerning health by abstaining from the use of tobacco products at home, school and work environments.