Nature of Profession
Respiratory care practitioners are members of the health care team who provide respiratory care for patients with heart and lung disorders under the direction of licensed physicians. The scope of practice of a respiratory care practitioner includes general care, neonatal critical care, pediatric critical care, adult trauma care, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation, home care, education and research.
The program is designed to be completed in five semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Admission to the respiratory courses requires written acceptance by the program director according to the admission requirements listed on the special respiratory care application. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to being admitted into the respiratory courses. Continuation in the respiratory care program requires a minimum grade of "C" in all courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of "C". There is a time limit on completion of science and respiratory course requirements.
- 1. Complete the Respiratory Care Program Application and Apply for Admission to Southern State (if not already completed)
- 2. Provide an official transcript verifying graduation from an approved high school or copy of GED showing scores received
- 3. Provide documentation via official transcript of completion of high school biology, chemistry and algebra (or equivalent courses) with a minimum grade of "C" (is required); if these courses were taken longer than five years ago, updating courses is required
- 4. Achieve satisfactory scores required by the pre-entrance testing program (Program Entrance Exams are offered at Southern State’s Testing Center)
- 5. A minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or high school GPA of 3.0 is required
- 6. All applicants must complete eight hours total of job shadowing a respiratory therapist in a rural hospital as well as in an urban hospital (Job Shadow Completion Form)
Enrollment is limited. Applicants will participate in an interview process with the respiratory care program director and/or faculty members. Applicants are encouraged to meet with the program director prior to application to discuss requirements and objectives of the respiratory care program.
After acceptance, but before beginning their clinical experience, students will be required to:
- 1. provide a completed medical examination form and immunization record indicating that the applicant has the physical and emotional stamina to pursue this career;
- 2. purchase student liability insurance;
- 3. purchase the required student uniform;
- 4. maintain current CPR certification; and
- 5. request reasonable accommodations necessary because of disability made in writing to the program director at least six months before the program begins (if applicable).
Program Total: 69
*First 1/2 of term, **Last 1/2 of term