Curriculum C217D - No new students accepted Effective 8/22/2010
Respiratory Care is a rapidly evolving and highly sophisticated allied health career. Respiratory care practitioners work directly with patients who have disorders that affect the cardiac and pulmonary systems, providing specialized treatment and diagnostic care. In addition to general procedures, practitioners also monitor and maintain complex life-support systems such as mechanical ventilators. Respiratory care practitioners work with all types of patients, from premature babies to geriatrics. Students in the program have the opportunity to apply each procedure, using the college laboratory and supervised clinical experience in cooperating hospitals and other health care delivery systems.
Graduates of the program will have attained all the skills needed to be competent for entry into the profession as an advanced respiratory care practitioner. They can work in a variety of settings, including general and critical care units in hospitals, pulmonary function laboratories, home care, long-term/sub-acute care, nursing homes, sleep labs, sales, administration, physician's offices and education. The job outlook is excellent. Students are required to achieve a satisfactory score on the standardized comprehensive respiratory care examinations in order to graduate.
This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1570, Chicago, Ill. 60601, (312) 553-9355, in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021, (817) 283-2835. Graduates are eligible to take both the entry-level examination (CRT) and the more advanced registry examinations (RRT) offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), as well as the certification (CPFT) and registry (RPFT) for pulmonary function technologists, and the neonatal/pediatric specialty examination (NPS).
An Advanced Standing program is available for respiratory care practitioners who are graduates of an accredited entry-level Respiratory Care program, have obtained the CRT credential and are licensed RCPs. In order to graduate from the program as advanced respiratory care practitioners, individuals must successfully complete RSC 200, RSC 209, RSC 210, RSC 211, RSC 212, RSC 220, RSC 222, RSC 251, RSC 256 and RSC 281 at Triton, and all the general education requirements in the program. Transfer credit will be given for 100-level respiratory care courses and any of the general education courses once official transcripts are evaluated.
The program has a capstone agreement with National-Louis University for graduates desiring a Bachelor's degree. Contact program coordinator for details.