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Respiratory Care

Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardio-pulmonary disorders. Excellent career opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home care, and education.

Career and Technical Education Option

This program is offered to Richland Community College students as a cooperative agreement with Parkland College in Champaign, IL. This is a career and technical education program. Some courses may not transfer to four-year institutions.

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Entry Requirements

High school diploma or its equivalent is required. A strong science background is recommended. Please contact Parkland College and refer to the Respiratory Care program requirements for admission and retention. Students must complete an application for admission to the program. The deadline to apply is March 1 for fall admission.

Length of Study

The program is a two-year associate degree; however, the actual length may vary depending on the student. The student may choose to take general education courses in the areas of biology, English, mathematics, psychology, and sociology at Richland Community College and then apply to take the five-semester sequencing of Respiratory Care courses at Parkland.

Students will attend a full six-hour day once each week for 3 hours of condensed classroom and lab session. Core content and study resources for each class will be delivered on-line. All testing will be done in regular class meetings.
 

For Further Information

For questions regarding the respiratory care program, please contact Tony Crystal in the Health Professions office at (217) 875-7200, ext. 6753.

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