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).