Respiratory Care RCT3

The respiratory care associate degree is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of respiratory care. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pulmonary and cardiac pharmacology, medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, positive pressure ventilation, incentive spirometry, patient assessment, postural drainage, percussion/vibration, assessment of diseases and conditions, critical respiratory care, advanced critical care monitoring, pulmonary function testing, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Program graduates receive a respiratory care associate degree which qualifies them to take the examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Students may take the National Board for Respiratory Care’s (NBRC’s) Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC).  Graduates seeking to earn an NBRC credential in order to enter the profession must take this examination.  The NBRC utilizes two cut scores for the TMC exam; graduates attaining the low-cut score will obtain the CRT credential.  Achieving the high cut score means that, in addition to earning the CRT, a graduate is eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE).  Graduates who pass the CSE earn the RRT credential. To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license. The only way to obtain a license is to pass at least the low-cut score to obtain the CRT credential.

Program Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
264 Precision Blvd. Telford, TN 37690
http://www.coarc.com/

CoARC Program Number: 200480

Programmatic Data Information

“CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.”
Programmatic Outcomes Data

Certification Information

Graduates will take the National Board for Respiratory Care’s (NBRC’s) Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC).  Graduates seeking to earn an NBRC credential in order to enter the profession must take this examination.  The NBRC utilizes two cut scores for the TMC exam; graduates attaining the low-cut score will obtain the CRT credential.  Achieving the high cut score means that, in addition to earning the CRT, a graduate is eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE).  Graduates who pass the CSE earn the RRT credential.

State Respiratory Care Boards

Other Conditions for Admission

Criminal background checks and drug screens may be required based on the requirements for participation in clinical experiences.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • High School diploma or equivalent required: Yes
  • Age Requirement: 16
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts, if applicable;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Area I - Language Arts/Communications — 3 Hours

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Title
Credits
Minimum Area I - Language Arts/Communications Credit Hours:
3

Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics — 7 Hours

* Choose one of the following courses:

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Title
Credits
Minimum Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics Credit Hours:
7
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation:
78

Overview

Program

Type

Associate of Applied Science, AAS

Location(s)

Waycross