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Respiratory Therapy

Program

reptherbrochureThe 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

 Professional Courses 
COURSE   SEM.HR.
RESP 2003 Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Pathophy 3
RESP 2013 Patient Assessment 3
RESP 2112 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 2
RESP 2113 Respiratory Equipment 3
RESP 2122 Respiratory Disease Pathology I 2
RESP 2123 Therapeutic Assessment I 3
RESP 2133 Respiratory Basic Skills 3
RESP 2223 Clinical Practice I 3
RESP 2512 Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RESP 2522 Critical Care 2
RESP 2523 Mechanical Ventilation 3
RESP 2532 Home Care and Rehabilitation 2
RESP 2542 Respiratory Disease Pathology II 2
RESP 2543 Clinical Practice II 3
RESP 2553 Therapeutic Assessment II 3
RESP 2612 Professional Development 2
RESP 2614 Clinical Practice III 4
Total Hours   45
Professional courses are completed in four semesters.  
   
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS  80

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:

Joan Gauthreaux, Program Director
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue, El Dorado AR 71730
Phone (870) 875-7286 (room 370) Fax (870) 864-7140

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).

Admission 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 – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester

TBA

RN

January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester
2014

Currently Accepting Apps until filled

OTA

Summer Semester
2015

April 01, 2015

PTA

Summer Semester
2015

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2015

 March 30, 2015

EMT

  Fall & Spring
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014

CNA

 CNA Classes offered each Semester
Fall/Spring/Summer

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy

Summer
2015

TBA

Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled

MLS

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Phlebotomy/EKG

Fall Semster
2014

Applications Available until filled

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 Program

  • 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

Don Senterfitt, RRT
Director Respiratory Therapy

Medical Center of South Arkansas
700 West Grove Avenue
El Dorado AR  71770
Rita Coker, RRT
Respiratory Manager

Homer memorial Hospital
620 East College
Homer LA  71040
Shirley White
Director of Human Resources

Ashley County Medical Center
P O Box 400
Crossett AR  71635
Gaye Brunson
Director Outpatient Services

Homer Memorial Hospital
620 East College
Homer LA  71040
Public Member
Janna McCallars

1308 Wood Street
El Dorado, AR 71730
870-862-14279
Meagan Brooks
Respiratory Student
3073 Hwy 8 East
Hamburg, AR 71646
870-831-9501
Mark Allman, RRT
Respiratory Therapist

Medical Center of South Arkansas
700 West Grove Avenue
El Dorado AR  71770
Erin Carpenter
Respiratory Graduate
P.O. Box 604
Hampton, AR
870-918-8395 

 

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

Professional Organizations

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
http://www.coarc.com

The National Board of Respiratory Care
http://www.armedicalboard.org

The National Board of Respiratory Care
http://www.nbrc.org

American Association for Respiratory Care
http://www.aarc.org

 

 Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy Program of South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado, holds an initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

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

Faculty and Staff

 

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