Respiratory Care Program
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Respiratory Care Department. We offer a fully accredited (CoARC) Respiratory Care program whose goal is “To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by the registered respiratory therapist (RRT)”.
We have exceeded accreditation thresholds for job placement, employer satisfaction & success on credentialing exams. On many occasions our graduates, besides becoming outstanding clinicians, have continued their education to become Physicians, College Professors, Hospital Administrators, Perfusionists & Nurse Practitioners.
To prepare you for a career in Respiratory Care we have a state-of-the-art laboratory, outstanding clinical affiliates, and exemplary faculty in class, in lab & in our clinical affiliates all with advanced credentials and a plethora of clinical experience. We also have outstanding physician input spearheaded by Board Certified Pulmonologists. Our clinical rotations cover all facets of our profession from premature infants to the geriatric population, from acute care to long-term care.
We foster an atmosphere of support to enhance the learning environment including Peer Tutoring & Faculty Tutoring. I wish you all the best in your academic journey and I encourage you to stop by and meet our faculty in the Health Science Building.
Jose Quinones MS, RRT-ACCS, RPFT, NPS
Department Chair, Respiratory Care
For complete program description, requirements, career path and transfer opportunities:
- Respiratory Links Page
- Licensed Practitioners Clinical Waiver Program
- Admissions Information
- Expected Expenses
- Respiratory Care Learning Outcomes
- The Ultimate Guide to Drowsy Driving
In the News
Respiratory Therapist Named a “Best Job” by U.S. News
Respiratory therapist is in the top 25 of the best 100 jobs for 2013 named by U.S. World and News Report.
Tim Myers, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Associate Executive Director of the AARC, was interviewed by the magazine, which annually ranks the best jobs on the short term horizon. Myers said, “We like to call ourselves the Rodney Dangerfield of healthcare.” He said it’s not because we get no respect, but that “people don’t know about respiratory therapists. We’re often confused with nurses.”
The annual ranking by the magazine lists several health care jobs as good bets for today’s workforce.
The Respiratory Care program # 200105 offers an AAS degree and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). The URL for CoARC is https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx