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The course of study for a respiratory therapist is a 66 credit-hour (six semesters) associate of applied science degree program. The respiratory care program prepares graduates for the credentialing examinations from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care). The program is fully accredited by CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; Phone 817.283.2835; website www.coarc.com).The respiratory care program prepares graduates to be competent in delivery of therapeutic procedures in acute care settings, in performing diagnostic procedures, and in performing rehabilitation therapeutic procedures.
The respiratory care program also prepares graduates to assist physicians in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary disorders, to provide emergency cardiopulmonary care in the emergency room, and to implement therapist driven protocols in the practice of respiratory care. Many clinical facilities will require students to successfully pass a background check and drug screen.
Areas for employment of respiratory care professionals include acute care hospitals, sub-acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, hyperbaric medicine, home care facilities, and physician offices.
Licensure – Employment in this field requires federal licensure from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Upon acceptance into the program, students must submit a record of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health. Criminal background checks may be required by clinical facilities. The background check will be processed through the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Completion of the respiratory care program does not guarantee eligibility to take the CRT exam administered by the NBRC or certification by the Texas Department of Health.
The Texas Department of Health Respiratory Care Certification will consider individuals with histories of convictions, mental illness and/or chemical dependency on an individual basis after review.
Clinical/Practicum courses in the 2nd year of the AAS Program are twelve hours and may be scheduled 7:00am-7:00pm or 7:00pm-7:00am at the discretion of the Program.
For the Evening Program the lecture/lab classes are scheduled 5:00pm-10:00pm initially M-TH, but the clinic/practicum courses are either 7:00am-3:00pm or 3:00pm-11:00pm in the first year one day a week.
Semesters 4 and 5 are 7:00am-7:00pm or 7:00pm–7:00am one day a week, and two days a week in Semester 6 from 7:00am-7:00pm or 7:00pm–7:00am, at the program’s discretion.
The respiratory care program prepares graduates for the credentialing examinations from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care). The program is fully accredited by CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; Phone 817.283.2835; website http://www.coarc.com/).
Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:
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