Respiratory Care

Frequently Asked Questions about the Respiratory Care (RSC) Program

1.   How long is the program?
The professional track (RSC courses) of the program is two years. It generally takes students three or more years to complete the program, which includes the prerequisite courses. All courses must be completed with a B- (2.7) or better.

2.   When is program admission and completion?
The professional track begins once a year in September and students will complete the program in June in the following two years.

3.   When can I apply to the program?
Applications can be picked up in the Academic Office during the last two weeks of June. All prerequisites must be completed and students must make an appointment with the Health Sciences advisor BEFORE submitting the application to the program director. All students will be notified via post-marked mail.

4.   How many students are accepted into the program every year?
The program accepts 20 students every year. The program is limited enrollment because of clinical site availability to students and accreditation stipulations.

5.   Am I required to “shadow” a therapist in the hospital?
There is not a shadowing requirement for program entrance. However, for students who are not sure of what the profession may entail, it is recommended that you contact Pat Seitz in Career Services to assist in job shadowing placement at a local hospital to observe the daily tasks and responsibilities of a therapist (for at least 3 to 4 hours).

6.   Is there a waiting list for the program?
Currently, there is not a waiting list. If students are not accepted into the program, they are eligible to reapply the following year.

7.   How many days of the week are classes and clinical?
During the first fall term, students are in class and lab for four days a week. Beginning the winter term, students are in class, lab, and clinical, consisting of five days a week. During class and lab students are on campus and during clinical hours, students are off-campus.

8.   May I select my clinical site placement?
No, you will not be able to select your clinical sites. Placements are based on availability, not your preference. You may be placed at a site from up to a two-hour drive from your home. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from clinical. Carpooling with other students is optional and a great idea.

9.   Will I need immunizations?
Yes, you will need documentation from your personal physician or Health Community Center, validating that you’ve had a Tuberculosis (PPD) skin test, and Hepatitis B vaccine. In addition, most hospitals are now requiring students to also take the H1N1 flu vaccine. Immunizations protect you!

10. Should I take the Basic Life Support (BLS) course prior to getting in the program?
Yes, you can take the BLS course prior to admittance; however, if the two-year cardexpires while you are in the program, you will not be allowed to attend any clinical site without first renewing your card. Your Heart Saver BLS certification must be from the American Heart Association. It is recommended that you take the BLS in the spring of the year you are applying to the program, or in the fall of the first semester of the program.

11. What else do I need to purchase other than books and lab supplies?
You’ll need to purchase royal blue scrubs, lab jacket (optional), stethoscope, closed-toe leather shoes, and a second-hand watch, all required for clinical rotations.

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