Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care is a career for highly motivated individuals seeking to apply their technical, scientific, and human relation skills in the fast-paced environment of health care. Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) are highly respected members of the health care team responsible for the prevention, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of people of all ages with lung and medical problems such as:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Croup
  • Heart attack
  • Paralysis
  • Pneumonia
  • Drug overdose
  • Asthma
  • Postoperative complication
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory distress and failure

 

Why major in Respiratory Care?

Our program is specifically designed to provide you with the educational skill development and clinical experience to function under medical direction as a competent respiratory care practitioner. The coursework for this program ranges from human biology to pathophysiology and respiratory critical care to pediatrics.

Respiratory care practitioners' daily routine may involve:

  • Working with sophisticated equipment in the adult, pediatric, or newborn intensive care unit
  • Assisting patients in the recovery room or labor and delivery room
  • Administering drugs and breathing treatments
  • Performing pulmonary function testing,
  • Participating in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Providing rehabilitation to patients in the hospital, subacute facility, or home
  • And discussing patient care plans with physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team. 

The RCP may choose to expand their expertise to the areas of management, research, medical sales, or education.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You would like to work in medical field focused on critical care and therapy.
  • You are a person who enjoys meeting and helping other people.
  • You enjoy working with a diverse population, performing a variety of tasks.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.

Respiratory care is a career for individuals seeking to apply their technical, scientific and human relation skills in the health care industry. This educational path also allows you to expand expertise as a respiratory therapist into the areas of management, research, medical sales, or even education.

Information:

 

Available Programs

For program specific information click on the program below:

Associate of Applied Science
Respiratory Care

Respiratory care practitioners are responsible for the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients of all ages with deficiencies or abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. The Respiratory Care program is designed to be completed in six (6) semesters on a full-time basis. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The Respiratory Care program adheres to a selective enrollment process for entry to limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required and an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 is necessary for continuance in the program and graduation.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Respiratory Care of the Newborn

Provides education to respiratory care practitioners to be oriented to neonatal respiratory care including history, fetal development, stabilization, evidence-based practices, and multi-disciplinary approaches. Includes respiratory devices employed for ongoing support of term and pre-term infants. Graduates will have a better knowledge of newborn resuscitation and stabilization. Student must be a licensed respiratory therapist.

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Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.
 

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835. For further information regarding the Sinclair College respiratory care program outcomes data, please visit the CoARC website.

Upon completion of the program the graduate is eligible for the national credentialing examinations provided by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Graduates will also be eligible for a license to practice in the State of Ohio via the Ohio Respiratory Care Board (ORCB). In addition, graduates meet the requirements for licensure in other states.
 

Respiratory Care Professionals are given active membership status when they join the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).


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