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Respiratory Care

Overview

Respiratory care is a dynamic, high tech, high touch field involving direct patient care. This field is a life-supporting, life-enhancing allied health care profession practiced under qualified medical direction. Services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring, and rehabilitation. Patient, family, and public education are essential to the mission of the profession. Respiratory care services are provided in all health care facilities (acute, subacute/long-term, skilled nursing) and in the home.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate qualifies for an associate in applied science degree and is eligible to apply to take the national entry-level (CRT certification) and advanced practitioner (RRT registry) examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Additionally, graduates are qualified to sit for the NBRC specialty exams for pulmonary diagnostics and neonatal pediatric specialty. Each required course for graduation must be completed with a 2.0 grade or better before proceeding to the next quarter.

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SCC's Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835 (telephone)
(817) 354-8519 (fax)

Upon completion of the program, the graduate qualifies for an associate in applied science degree and is eligible to apply to take the national entry-level (CRTT certification) and advanced practitioner (RRT registry) examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Additionally, graduates are qualified to sit for the NBRC specialty exams for pulmonary diagnostics and perinatal/pediatric respiratory care. 

Dave Field

Dave Field, RRT, RPFT, R.P/P
Respiratory Therapist, Deaconess
Medical Center
SCC Respiratory Therapy graduate
Home Care Therapist, Apria Health Care

"My education at SCC prepared me well for my profession. Respiratory care allows me the autonomy to make decisions affecting the patient's cardiopulmonary status-quickly, positively and effectively."


Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website: www.scc.spokane.edu/?concerns.

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.

 

Consult the official program outline
for prerequisites and more information
about this program.
link to outline
*Important: Changes have been made to the curriculum for this program. Students who have not currently been accepted to the waiting list will be required to fulfill the prerequisites listed below prior to application to the waiting list. Students who have already applied and been accepted to the waiting list are strongly encouraged to take the prerequisites listed below prior to starting the program. These changes will be effective for the class admitted September 2009.

New Admission Prerequisites/Requirements as of September 2009:

  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • MATH 099
  • BIOL& 160
  • CHEM& 121
  • BIOL& 241
  • BIOL& 242
  • BIOL& 260
  • Appropriate scores in one of the following: ASSET or Compass

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of 2.5 or higher to be placed on the waitlist.

 
For more information....Additional Information
 
If you have general questions regarding the Respiratory Care program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office via email (AdmissionsInfo@scc.spokane.edu) or phone (509-533-8020 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8020), and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.
 
If you have more specific questions regarding this program, please contact Dee Arkell, BS, RRT, CPFT, who is the director of clinical education for the program, or Gary White, M.Ed., RRT, RPFT, who is the program director. Their contact information is as follows:
Email:DArkell@scc.spokane.edu or GWhite@scc.spokane.edu
Phone:(509) 533-7307 or (509) 533-7310; 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7307 or 7310
 
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