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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Respiratory Care

Walls, Michael

Program Coordinator, Respiratory Care Program
Associate Professor
304-367-4874
116-N Advanced Technology Center
500 Galliher Drive Fairmont, WV 26554
Office Hours: 
Email or call to schedule an appointment

McDaniel-Brown, Hollie

Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Director of Respiratory Care
304-367-4876
116M Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

PROGRAM GOAL:

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRTs).

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We accept online applications year round but will  review the applications for consideration of admission each fall to admit students into the program begining each spring semester. 
 
RESP 1101 Introduction to Respiratory Care is offered as a two (2) credit hour general education course.  This course is open to the all students serving as an overview of Respiratory Care and Health Professions as a whole.
 
Those that are interested should enroll into RESP 1101 Introduction to Respiratory Care. This course will most likely be offered in each Spring and Fall semester. It is not a requirement for admission however is highly recommended since it is within the program curriculum. 
 
We are approved to admit 20 students per cohort. We will evaluate each student in a objective method to determine the best candidates. Included in this will be G.P.A, attendance, etc. 
 
The cut-off deadline for completing the application is by end of day (11:59 pm) each October 15.
 
Applications received after this date will be accepted however priority will be given to those that applied prior to the application deadline cut-off date.
 
Those that have already completed the online application DO NOT complete another application for the program however do need to complete a Pierpont application for admittance if not already done.
 
Notification of admittance into the Respiratory program will occur once the review committee has evaluated all the candidates. This usually occurs by the end of each Fall semester.
 

 

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Average Salary for Respiratory Therapists * Source AARC Respiratory Care Employment and Financial Outlook

The Projected Average Salary of RTs Working in the U.S. is over $62,000 a year.

So, the chance to connect with patients and families, the opportunity to challenge your mind with high tech patient care, variety on the job, lots of places to work, and a career ladder that can’t be beat—it looks like respiratory care really does have it all.

But what about the employment and financial outlook? We have that covered too!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade, primarily because the aging baby boom generation will increase the number of older people, who tend to suffer the most from respiratory conditions like pneumonia and COPD and who often have respiratory complications due to heart disease and other common diseases of aging.

While U.S. employment in general is forecast to increase by 15 percent, the need for RTs will grow by up to 26 percent!

With demand for RTs on the rise, salaries are following suit. According to the 2009 Human Resources study from the AARC, the projected average annual earnings of RTs working in the U.S. is $62,223. In this study, and depending on the area of the country, therapists just beginning their careers reported average annual earnings ranging from $42,078-$47,297.

Video Life and Breath - A Presentation of the Respiratory Therapy Career

Where do Respiratory Therapist Work?

What Equipment Does a Respiratory Therapist Use?

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)

Respiratory Therapy Magazine (RT Magazine)

RESPIRATORY CARE: The Science Journal of American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

Effective Spring 2018

PROGRAM APPLICATION InCOMPLETE RESPONSES NOT ACCEPTED

 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION and APPLICATION PROCESS with MODEL SCHEDULE

The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care is an intensive two-year selective and limited enrollment program.

Respiratory Therapy is a competitive admission program that admits one cohort each year. Cohorts are limited at 20 seats maximum. All program candidates must meet the published application deadline. 

All courses in this model schedule must be passed with a grade of “C” or better for successful completion of this program. Upon completion of the required curriculum, graduates are eligible for national certifying examinations for Respiratory Therapist.

A.      Before applications are reviewed by the Respiratory Care Selection Committee, students must have all documents relating to admission on file. The following must be received:

§  General Admission Application

§  Official High School Transcript/GED or TASC Scores

§  ACT Scores taken within previous five years (*Scores may be included on High School transcript.)

§  Official Transcript (s) from all colleges/universities attended

§  Successful completion of 10 credit hours of PREADMISSION classes with a “C” or better: MTH 1207 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics, ENG 1104 Written English I, HLCA 1170 Anatomy and Physiology, HLCA 1171 Anatomy and Physiology Lab.  These course credits MUST be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to admission to the program.

§  Program Application or Program Interest Form (on this web page)

§  Program Application Fee (if applicable)

§  Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

A.      Program candidates will be evaluated and ranked by committee with a score sheet which compiles academic achievement, including overall GPA in high school and college; ACT composite and subscores; and all grades including academic achievment in the 10 credits of pre-requisite courses.

B.       High School transcripts will be evaluated for those candidates with fewer than 12 completed college credit hours or no prior college credit.  If a candidate is still attending high school, the grades of any completed higher level/advanced science and/or math courses with a “C” or better will be considered provided that the 10 credits of pre-requisite credits have also been completed.  No other Science classes can substitute for the college-credit Anatomy & Physiology regardless of other indicators.

C.      Minimum grade point average for admission is 2.50 or greater in High School OR 2.50 overall on college transcripts.

§  Completing general education courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

§  Once accepted into the program, courses must be taken in the sequence listed in the model schedule. All RESP courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. 

§  Students are responsible for their own transportation, meals, and charges for physical examinations, uniforms, supplies, and textbooks.

§  Accepted students must submit a complete annual physical examination form, including a doctor’s verification of physical and emotional ability to pursue a Respiratory Care career.

§  Prior to and during clinical practice rotations, a background check, minimum of one drug screen, immunization(s), and interview may be required to facilitate lab arrangements with area hospitals.  It is up to the individual clinical sites to determine a student’s eligibility to participate in a clinical rotation there; Pierpont has no influence on a clinical site’s decision to accept a student based on the results of a background check, drug test results, or other criteria.

§  Successful completion of the program does not guarantee job placement or success on NBRC exams.

Program Specific Accreditation: 

The Pierpont Community and Technical College's Respiratory Care Program, #200632, A.A.S degree in Fairmont, WV holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). 

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examinations (s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation. 

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

CoARC

P.O. Box 54876

Hurst, TX 76054-4876

Program Outcome Data for all programs can be found at this URL http://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx

Notice to Students: 

Successful completion of the AAS Respiratory Care program of study does not guarantee success on the NBRC examinations or job placement.

Additional Cost to students:

Background Check (approximately)$37.00

Drug Screen (approximately)$38.00

Immunization/Compliance Tracker (approximately)$38.00

Uniforms for Clinic Rotations (approximately), $125.00- $150.00

Shoes for Clinic Rotations (approximately), $100.00 - $150.00

Stethoscope (approximately)$100.00

*Other cost for students may apply

 

 

Program Total Credit Hours: 
62 CHs
Support Coursework: 
20 CHs

RESP 1101

Introduction to Respiratory Care
2
CH(s)

CHM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

BIOL 2205

Technical Microbiology
3
CH(s)

BIOL 2206

Technical Microbiology Lab
1
CH(s)

Applicant's must successfully complete of 10 credit hours of PREADMISSION classes with a “C” or better: MTH 1207 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics, ENG 1104 Written English I, HLCA 1170 Anatomy and Physiology, HLCA 1171 Anatomy and Physiology Lab.  These course credits MUST be completed prior to admission to the program.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
40 CHs

RESP 1105

Clinical Theory Lecture
3
CH(s)

RESP 1107

Mechanical Ventilation I Lecture
3
CH(s)

RESP 1108

Mechanical Ventilation I Lab
1
CH

RESP 2200

Respiratory Care Pharmacology
3
CH(s)

RESP 2205

Clinical Theory Lab I
2
CH

RESP 2206

Clinical Theory II Lab
2
CH(s)

RESP 2210

Clinical Practicum I
5
CH(s)

RESP 2220

Mechanical Ventilations II Lecture
3
CH(s)

RESP 2221

Mechanical Ventilation II Lab
1
CH

RESP 2225

Cardiopulmonary Pathologies and Therapeutics
3
CH(s)

RESP 2230

Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care
3
CH(s)

RESP 2240

Neonatal/Pediatric Clinical Practice
2
CH(s)

RESP 2250

Clinical Practicum II
5
CH(s)

RESP 2260

Respiratory Care Exam Review
2
CH(s)

RESP 2270

Intensive Respiratory Care
3
CH(s)

RESP 2995

Respiratory Care Capstone
2
CH(s)

Acceptance of students into the program will be conveyed to them in the SPRING semesters.

Model Schedule
Fall Semester

RESP 1101

Introduction to Respiratory Care
2
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

BIOL 2205

Technical Microbiology
3
CH(s)

BIOL 2206

Technical Microbiology Lab
1
CH(s)

CHM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
13 CHs
Spring Semester

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1102

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

RESP 1105

Clinical Theory Lecture
3
CH(s)

RESP 1107

Mechanical Ventilation I Lecture
3
CH(s)

RESP 1108

Mechanical Ventilation I Lab
1
CH
Total Credit Hours: 
13 CHs
Summer Semester

RESP 2200

Respiratory Care Pharmacology
3
CH(s)

RESP 2205

Clinical Theory Lab I
2
CH

RESP 2206

Clinical Theory II Lab
2
CH(s)

RESP 2225

Cardiopulmonary Pathologies and Therapeutics
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
10 CHs
Fall Semester

RESP 2210

Clinical Practicum I
5
CH(s)

RESP 2220

Mechanical Ventilations II Lecture
3
CH(s)

RESP 2221

Mechanical Ventilation II Lab
1
CH

RESP 2230

Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
12 CHs
Spring Semester

RESP 2240

Neonatal/Pediatric Clinical Practice
2
CH(s)

RESP 2250

Clinical Practicum II
5
CH(s)

RESP 2260

Respiratory Care Exam Review
2
CH(s)

RESP 2270

Intensive Respiratory Care
3
CH(s)

RESP 2995

Respiratory Care Capstone
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs
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