Shawna Tracy, Department Chair
The RCA program prepares you for a career in respiratory therapy. Respiratory therapists work in a variety of settings – hospital, home care, neonatal nursery, diagnostic testing and flight for life. Respiratory care is one of fastest growing health professions in the US. We provide our graduates with a listing of national placement opportunities.
This program prepares you to work in a unique area of health care – the diagnosis, therapy, management and prevention of diseases associated with cardiopulmonary illness. Due to the demanding training requirements and the critical life support responsibilities of the respiratory therapist, you must have a high degree of personal maturity, strong motivation, a solid science and general studies background and excellent reasoning skills.
To enter the program, you must meet all basic skills requirements, including computer literacy; complete at least six of the seven required General Education courses, one of which must be BIO 202 (with a “C” or higher); and undergo a screening and selection process, including a background check and drug screen. You must also obtain CPR certification within the first semester of program. You can obtain application information from the Respiratory Care department by calling 719.549.3266.
The program consists of five semesters of theory, laboratory and clinical internships in the techniques of respiratory care. You must take the Respiratory Care courses in sequence and complete them with a “C” grade or higher. Graduates of the program become eligible for registry by the National Board for Respiratory Care.