“If you love thinking critically and helping people this is a great job for you! If you want to make a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis you will love RT.” Jessica Alphin, Director of Clinical Education
To prepare graduates with demonstrative competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of Respiratory Care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRTs).
About the Program
The Respiratory Care program is 18-months in length and begins in January each year. Applications for the January 2021 class will open July 1, 2020. Please contact the department administrative assistant for more information, 870-248-4150.
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Respiratory Care program are prepared to enter the profession of Respiratory Care as a member of the critical care team, functioning in clinics, hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Emergency Transport settings. Throughout this program, individuals learn to use mechanical ventilators and monitoring equipment to support breathing. They learn to assist the Physician or other healthcare practitioners in Pulmonary Function, Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing, and Arterial Blood Gas Labs, where they are vital in determining the type and extent of disease and monitoring the responsiveness to a particular treatment regimen.