Respiratory Care

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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care offers unique challenges in the areas of prevention, diagnostics, treatment, management and rehabilitation of people with respiratory and/or cardiac abnormalities. Graduates are involved in a variety of lifesaving and life-supporting situations, working side by side with physicians, nurses, radiographers, and others on the health care team, treating patients ranging in age from premature newborns to senior citizens.

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Joining Our Program

As a respiratory care practitioner, helping patients breath easily will become your expertise. You will care for a variety of patients, including newborn infants in respiratory distress, children with asthma or pneumonia, adult victims of trauma and older patients with emphysema or cardiac failure.

At Midland College, an Associate of Applied Science for Respiratory Care offers unique challenges in the areas of prevention, diagnostics, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of people with respiratory and/or cardiac abnormalities. Graduates are involved in a variety of lifesaving and life-supporting situations, working side by side with physicians, nurses, radiographers, and others on the health care team, treating patients ranging in age from premature newborns to senior citizens.

One of the most challenging careers, respiratory therapists are at the forefront of health care. Graduates from our program are prepared to work in hospitals, emergency departments, intensive care units, neonatal intensive care units, diagnostic laboratories, offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, and homes. A Respiratory Therapist’s duties vary depending on the needs of their patients and the level of care needed. Typical responsibilities include:

  • Performance of cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests and arterial blood gas analysis
  • Assessment of disruptive sleep patterns
  • Administration of certain medications, medical gases, aerosol and humidity therapy, hyperinflation therapy, bronchial hygiene, and positive pressure ventilation
  • Maintenance of lung inflation and airway hygiene
  • Operation of highly sophisticated equipment
  • Performance of CPR and application of life support technology
  • Evaluation of patient responses to therapy

Marketable Skills

With the Associate of Applied Science for Respiratory Care, the student will be able to demonstrate the following marketable skills:

  • Communicating – Listening, speaking, reading, and writing associated with a diverse and integrated population including patients, families, and healthcare team members
  • Critical Thinking – Intellectually processing information actively and skillfully to analyze and/or synthesize material presented in a variety of ways
  • Active Learning – Integrating new and evolving evidence-based knowledge to improve outcomes
  • Social Perceptiveness – Understanding individual circumstances and responses whether they are observed, spoken or displayed through body language
  • Service Orientation – Providing active and proactive assistance to those in need
  • Documentation – Completion of comprehensive professional documents
  • Instructing – Providing individualized or group instruction to encourage active participation in the learning process
  • Persuading – Promoting the idea that positive change is worthwhile whether actual or perceived
  • Managing Time – Prioritize workload to attend to the most critical needs first, and if needed, be willing to ask for help

Career Opportunities

Respiratory Therapists are employed in hospitals, respiratory therapy clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, and firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use. There are a number of in-demand career possibilities including:

  • Respiratory Therapy Technicians
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Neurodiagnostic Technologists
  • Radiologic Technicians
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Medical Appliance Technicians

Demand

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says the employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in this field is mainly tied to the growth of the middle-aged and elderly population. These populations will have an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia that can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function.

Program Requirements

Students are accepted through the Summer II session (middle of August), just prior to beginning the program the last Monday of August. Each item listed below must be submitted for consideration.

  • Transcripts

    Submit two official college transcripts showing required academic courses already completed with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better. One to the program and one to the Registrar.

    Midland College Registrar
    3600 N. Garfield
    Midland, Texas 79705

  • GPA

    Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at least 2.5

  • Testing

    Applicants must take and pass one of the following: Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), Texas Success Initiative (TSI), OR Compass, to show competence in reading, writing and math.

    They must also take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). All are available at the MC Testing Center.

    MC Testing Services
  • Course Work: A&P I and II

    Complete Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II with a Grade of "B" or better in each course.

  • Immunizations

    Hepatitis B immunization series must be completed prior to beginning program.

  • Shadowing a Respiratory Therapist

 

Extra Admission Points can be earned with:

  • degrees earned from accredited colleges/universities
  • current health care certificates or licenses
  • military health care experience
  • successful completion of general education core courses required for the A.A.S. degree

Advisement for prospective students will take place throughout the year. All applicants will be eligible for a personal interview. To be considered for admission, all items must be in the applicant's file by May 25th (or prior to the Fall registration deadline, if positions are available). Notification of admission into the program will progress from highest point totals down through other qualified applicants until the class is full.

 

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

Once accepted...

Accepted students will be contacted for an interview, and an official letter of acceptance will be mailed to the address on the application within a week or two of the final completion of admission requirements.

Cost

The average cost for the first year of the program is $5,000 which includes tuition, fees, books, supplies and uniforms.

The total average cost for both years is approximately $8,000. There are additional expenses related to clinical rotations. Students are responsible for housing, transportation, and meals during these trips. Each of these trips costs between $300 - $500. Students can offset some of these costs by sharing expenses with classmates.

Expectations

  • Full-time program
  • Students are able to work part-time, but must stay current with their daily assignments
  • Online courses are only available for general education courses
  • All respiratory care courses are face-to-face in class, lab, or clinical sites

Clinical rotations

Clinical rotations are local with Midland Memorial Hospital, Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, and Odessa Regional Medical Center. Out-of-town rotations include:

  • Children’s Health System, Dallas, TX
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock, TX
  • University Medical Center, Lubbock, TX
  • Respiratory Care students satisfactorily completing the second year program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.). Graduates are eligible for the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

  • Successful completion of the TMC exam at the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) level will allow the graduate to apply for Texas State Licensure and passing at the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) level allows the graduate to sit for the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE).

  • Upon successful completion of the CSE the RRT credential is awarded by the NBRC.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Students, working under supervision, gain clinical experience at area health care facilities.

  • CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes' based process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

Technical Standards to Master

  • Utilize both visual and auditory monitoring equipment safely and effectively
  • Assess and record changes in patient status using visual, auditory, and tactile senses
  • Troubleshoot patient/equipment systems
  • Effectively and appropriately communicate and relate with patients, their families, and members of the health care team using oral and/or written means
  • Possess strength and mobility sufficient to support and transport patients as well as equipment
  • Perform respiratory care procedures while wearing personal protective equipment (mask, gown, gloves, etc.)
  • Safely and effectively prioritize workload
  • Perform CPR (bag and mask ventilation, chest compressions)
  • Utilize intellectual ability to adapt to changing patients' conditions

Future Opportunities

Respiratory Care graduates enter a specialty field in which the demand has exceeded the supply. This expertise is a precious commodity in most medical institutions. 

Positions are available in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, nursing homes, and home care. Specialties include, but are not limited to, adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, home care, diagnostics, sleep disorders, education or management.

Careers include Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary Function Technologist, Sleep Disorders Specialist, Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist, and Adult Critical Care Specialist.

CRT and RRT credentials are honored throughout the fifty United States and Canada, geography is no barrier to career opportunities.

TRANSFER SCHOOLS

  • Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
    BS degree

  • Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
    BS degree

  • Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX BS degree

  • University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, TX, BS degree, Masters of Science in Health Professions (MSHP), and the dual degree Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Care and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (BSRC/MPAS)

  • University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio, TX, BS degree, MS degree

WHY STUDY RESPIRATORY CARE AT MC?

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.

Licensing body for this program: Texas Medical Board

 

 

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