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    Respiratory Care
    93% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-three percent of SCC's 2017 graduates found work or continued their education.
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Respiratory Care

  • Welcome

    SCC's Respiratory Care program prepares students to become practitioners who evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists follow specific, well-defined respiratory care procedures under the direction of physicians.

    You're a good fit for this program because . . . 

    Overview

    The Respiratory Care program can be completed entirely face-to-face, or online with the exception of lab and clinical. The Respiratory Care program offers a full-time and part-time.

    Traditional Full-Time Track:  The traditional full-time (six quarters/18 months) track is offered on the Lincoln Campus and accepts new students one time per year in the Summer (July) Quarter.

    Online Part-Time Track:  The online part-time (eight quarters/24 months) track is offered online and accepts new students one time per year in the Winter (January) Quarter.  Acceptance to the online program is dependent on securing a clinical/lab site.

    Students in the program complete a comprehensive curriculum in patient assessment, treatment, disease management, diagnostic evaluation, and the care of patients with lung or heart problems.  Clinical practice for the program is provided in cooperation with a variety of health care facilities throughout the region. Upon graduation students are eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care exams and apply for a state license. Graduates may continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree by transferring credit to receiving institutions. Students need to check with the four-year school of their choice for information on transfer requirements and courses.

    coarcLogo-webThe program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, 817-283-2835, www.coarc.com. Program outcome data is available.

    Learn more about the Respiratory Care Profession: AARC Life and Breath Video

    Other Important Information:

    Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution.
     
    As a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution, we are unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following states/areas: California and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    Mission

    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 (RRT).

    Employment Outlook

    Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. Nationally, job opportunities should be very good. As for the Midwest, the job market is reasonably stable, with many graduates getting part-time to full-time employment. New graduates are expected to work eight- to 12-hour shifts to include days, evenings, or night shifts, and some holidays. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting wage of $21.85 per hour.

    Starting Terms

    The full-time face-to-face begins in the Summer Quarter. The online part-time program begins in the Winter Quarter.