Published on: September 13, 2012Seeking a career in the medical field no longer means being either a doctor or nurse. Respiratory care professionals are instrumental in the diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems.
Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Respiratory Care program trains students to become skilled professionals who can carry out specific therapeutic measures that will assist respiratory-distressed patients. To learn more about the college’s successful program, prospective students are invited to information sessions on Oct. 2 and Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Health Science Building (HSB) room 116.
“The purpose of the respiratory care program is to develop effective, efficient members of the health care team specializing in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic heart and lung disease,” said Kenny McCowen, respiratory care program director. “Prospective students are not required to bring anything to the information sessions but are encouraged to ask questions. We will have current students there to give the student perspective of the program.”
Respiratory care students learn skills such as the evaluation and assessment of patients in the acute, sub-acute and home care areas as well as procedural skills that include oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, airway care, mechanical ventilation, diagnostic testing and home care/rehabilitation.
The respiratory care program has a competitive enrollment process. Students are eligible to apply at any time, but only 20 students are enrolled per class. During the application process, applicants must take the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT). Selection of students is Nov. 15 for the spring semester and April 15 for evening classes that begin in June each year. Every other year, students can apply for the satellite program at the Lone Star College-Health Professions Building located at 17200 Red Oak Drive in Houston.
“The program prepares individuals to become active members of the health care team to deliver quality respiratory care and improve the lives of individuals they treat during their professional career of respiratory care,” McCowen said. “Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care credentialing examinations.”
Respiratory care is a two-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. It is six semesters long and to earn the AAS degree, students must complete 67 credit hours.
For more information on LSC-Kingwood’s Respiratory Care program or on the information sessions, email Kenny McCowen at Kenny.P.McCowen@LoneStar.edu or visit http://www.lonestar.edu/respiratory-care-dept-kingwood.htm.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
With 75,000 students in credit classes and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.