Study Hours: 76 Credit / 1104 Clinical Hours
The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists. In these roles, individuals perform diagnostic testing, treatments, and management of patients with heart and lung diseases.
Students will master skills in patient assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include life support, monitoring, drug administration, and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings.
Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take entry-level examinations from the National Board of Respiratory Care. Therapy graduates may also take Advanced Practitioner Examination. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry, and home care.
Technical Standards for Respiratory Care requires that a student must have:
1. Sufficient eyesight and tactile skills to observe and assess patients, manipulate equipment, and read and record in charts.
2. Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and communicate verbally with other health care providers.
3. Sufficient verbal and written skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively in English.
4. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly, manipulate equipment, lift a minimum of 30 pounds, and to stoop, bend and ensure patient safety.
5. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to exercise independent judgment and discretion in the safe technical performance of respiratory care procedures and the ability to respond appropriately in emergency and high stress patient care situations.
For more information on becoming a Respiratory
Carteret Community College
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: (252) 222-6000