South Arkansas Community CollegeThe Associate Applied of Science in Respiratory Therapy is a program offered at South Arkansas Community College and area hospital clinical affiliates to prepare graduates as competent Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT). Respiratory Therapy is a specialty employed with medical direction in the treatment, management, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. The education of Respiratory Therapy students relates to the performance of diagnostic tests, the administration of therapeutic agents and procedures, the performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the process and maintenance of the equipment involved in these procedures. The Respiratory Therapy graduate provides an essential link between the physician and the patient with abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. 

SouthArk’s Respiratory Therapy program requires 35 hours of science-focused prerequisites  followed by 35 semester hours of Respiratory Therapy education courses and 10 semester hours of Clinical Practice at area hospitals. The Respiratory Therapy program admits up to 12 students for each professional class. Upon successful completion of the course work, the graduate will receive the Associate Applied of Science degree and be eligible for the NBRC CRT exam. Following a successful passing score on the NBRC CRT exam and receipt of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the NBRC RRT examination.
The Respiratory Therapy program at South Arkansas Community College holds Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has Standards of Accreditation and been approved for a five year accreditation period. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Initial Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science

 Professional Courses 
COURSE   SEM. HR.
  Fall Semester  
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
BIOL 2064/L I Anatomy and Physiology 4
CHEM 1024/L Chemistry I for Science Majors 4
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
MATH 1023 College Algebra 3
Total   17
  Spring Semester  
BIOL 2074/L Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MBIO 1124/L Microbiology 4
ENG L1123 Composition II 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
RESP 1001 Intro to Respiratory Therapy 1
Total   15
  Summer Session  
CSCI1003 Computers-Information Processing 3
Total   3
  Fall Semester  
RESP 2013 Patient Assessment 3
RESP 2113 Respiratory Equipment 3
RESP 2003 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3
RESP 2133 Respiratory Basic Skills 3
RESP 2223 Clinical Practice 3
Total   15
  Spring Semester  
RESP 2233 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 3
RESP 2523 Mechanical Ventilation 3
RESP 2213 Cardiopulmonary Pathology 3
RESP 2543 Clinical Practice II 3
RESP 2553 Therapeutic Assessment II 3
Total   15
  Summer Season  
RESP 2623 Special Topics and 3
RESP 2613 Clinical Practice III 3
RESP 2513 Neonatal and Pediatric 3
Total   9
Professional courses are completed in four semesters.  
 
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS  74

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above or ASSET 41 or above or COMPASS 82 or above or complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above or ASSET 42 or above or COMPASS 75 or above or complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II

Math - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, contact:

Sarah Dilmore, Program Director
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue, El Dorado AR 71730
Phone (870) 875-7286 (room 370) Fax (866) 222-8026

Admission Process

Admission Process

Applicants to the professional program MUST:

  • 1. complete general admission procedures to the college
  • 2. complete all necessary basic studies requirements according to placement tests as listed above
  • 3. complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or above
  • 4. have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • 5. have successfully completed the TEAS V exam with minimum acceptable scores as outlined by South Arkansas Community College Respiratory Therapy program
  • 6. request and complete a Health and Natural Sciences application packet obtained from the Health and Natural Sciences advisor or the Respiratory Therapy program
  • 7. submit three (3) letters of reference
  • 8. students who have met all admission requirements and are being considered for acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program must meet with the Respiratory Therapy Program Director and the Director of Cllinical Education
  • 9. provide proof of current AHA CPR certification – Health Care Provider or Arkansas Department of Health approved equivalent course
  • 10. submit an unencumbered drug screen and background check prior to entry into the professional program
  • 11. If accepted into the Respiratory Therapy program, students are required to submit the following: a) proof of PPD skin test, IGRA test or chest x-ray (if positive PPD test) b) proof of hepatitis B immunization series or signed declination statement, c) proof of immunity to varicella. Proof of varicella may consist of : 1) proof of vaccination, 2) statement from physician verifying that the student had varicella or, 3) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.

Student rank and selection is based on the following criteria: a) cumulative GPA, b) science GPA, c) TEAS V scores. Meeting the minimum requirements outlined above does not guarantee admission into the Respiratory Therapy Program.

South Ark’s Respiratory Therapy program requires 32 hours of science-focused prerequisites followed by 38 semester hours of Respiratory Therapy education courses and 10 semester hours of Clinical Practice at area hospitals. Twelve (12) students are admitted to the program annually.  Upon successful completion of the course work, the graduate will receive the Associate Applied of Science degree and be eligible for the NBRC entry level exam (CRT) and the advanced practice level exam (RRT).

Application Deadlines

Professional Programs Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • All basic studies requirements.
  • All prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Warren Days

January 2018
Spring Semester

Friday,
October 6, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Days

May 2018
Summer Semester

Friday
February 2, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Evenings

August 2017
Fall Semester

Friday
June 2, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN-to-RN

January 2018
Spring Semester

August 31, 2017
By 5:00 p.m.
Application Open Now

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester 
2017

June 15, 2017

OTA

Summer Semester
2017

March 31, 2017

PTA

Summer Semester
2017

March 1, 2017

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2017

 March 27, 2017

EMT

  Fall & Spring 
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August 2016

  July 20, 2016

Respiratory Therapy

Fall Semster
2017

June 30, 2017

Coding - HIT

August 2017

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Phlebotomy

Fall Semester
2017

Applications Available Until Filled

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Courses

COURSE SEM.HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
BIOL 2064/L Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHEM 1014/L Chemistry I for Health Related Prof. 4
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
MATH 1023 College Algebra 3
BIOL 2074/L Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MBIO 1124/L Microbiology 4
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
RESP 1001 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 1
Total Hours 35

Goals of the Programs

Goals of the Programs

  • To provide students with educational opportunities in respiratory therapy which will benefit them professionally as graduates and will prepare them to positively impact the medical community locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  • To serve as an intellectual and economic resource to the community and beyond by providing professional, skilled respiratory therapy graduates who are competent to practice respiratory therapy locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • To prepare students to function as leaders in the field of respiratory therapy in order to provide employers, physicians, and the public a valuable, professional and competent health care resource.

What is a Respiratory Therapist?

What is a Respiratory Therapist?

Respiratory Therapists, also known as Respiratory Care Practitioners, provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring, and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary problems.  Care provided by Respiratory Therapists may include:  oxygen therapeutics, ventilator management, administration of aerosol medications to the lungs, measurement of lung functions, and overall monitoring of the cardiopulmonary system.  Respiratory Therapists treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants to elderly people with lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  Therapists are also becoming involved in areas such as pulmonary rehabilitation, smoking cessation counseling, disease prevention, case management, and polysomnography (the diagnosis of breathing disorders during sleep, such as apnea).

How do I become a Respiratory Therapist?
Following completion of an accredited Respiratory Therapy program, the student must then successfully pass the certification examination administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).  Upon passing the examination, the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) will be governed by the licensure laws of the state in which they choose to practice.

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Michael Martin, OTR/L, Chair

1098 Old Strong Highway
Strong, AR 71765

Julie Boykin, BGS, COTA/L

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
Keitha Davidson, RN, MSN

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730

Cindy Meyer, M.Ed., MSCPM, OTR/L, OTA/Retired

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730

Caroline Hammond, RN, MNSc

311 S. West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730

Allie Alspaugh COTA/L

700 W Grove St.
El Dorado, AR 71730

Tabatha Jerry COTA/ L

6650 Moro Bay HWY
El Dorado, AR 71730

Lauren Johnson MOT, OTR/ L

214 Hope Landing
El Dorado, AR 71730

Sarah Saffold MS, OTR/L

6650 Moro Bay HWY
El Dorado, AR 71730

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

asrt

Member of American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT)
asrt.org

arrt

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
arrt.org

Accreditation

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304

 

The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. Fax (312) 704-5304, www.jrcert.org , phone (312) 704-5300, or mail@jrcert.org.

The next site visit is tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.

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