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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.

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    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 program is located on the Lincoln Campus. The full-time track includes traditional face-to-face classes/labs/clinical rotations. The program is 18 months in length and starts in the Fall term. Students can expect to be in class/lab/clinical during the day/evening hours Monday through Friday.

    Online Part-Time Track:  The part-time track provides classes in the online learning environment with lab and clinical rotations completed at a local medical center. The program is 24 months in length and starts in the Spring term. Students should expect to spend approximately 30-35 hours each week on coursework.

    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.

    How to get started


    Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution.

    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 annual salary of $40,976.

    Starting Terms

    Fall, Spring terms.

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