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.
Program Learning Outcomes
P1: (CoARC Program Outcome) The program will prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive learning domain of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Introduced: RCP 110, RCP 113; Reinforced: RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 114 RCP 115, RCP 210, RCP 211, RCP 214; Mastered and Assessed: RCP 215
P2: (CoARC Program Outcome) The program will prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the psychomotor learning domain of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Introduced: RCP 110, RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 210, RCP 211, RCP 214; Reinforced: RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 210, RCP 211, RCP 214, RCP 132, RCP 144, RCP 153, RCP 235, RCP 246; Mastered and Assessed: RCP 246
Technical Standards for Respiratory Care
1.Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and read and record in charts.
2.Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and communicate verbally with other healthcare 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 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.
6.Sufficient interpersonal skills to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotion. cultural, and intellectual backgrounds and be able to establish a rapport with patients, families, and other health care providers.
7.Travel: Requires the ability to travel to and from the College campus
For more information on becoming a Respiratory Therapist, Click the Link Below
The American Association for Respiratory Care
To View the AARC Life and Breath Video, Click the Link Below
AARC Life and Breath Video
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021
Phone: (817) 238-2835
Fax: (817) 354-8519