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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the salary for a Respiratory Therapist?
  2. Do I have to take a test for acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program?
  3. Is job shadowing recomended?
  4. Is it possible to work full time while enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program?
  5. What are some of the skills required of a Respiratory Therapist?
  6. Does the Respiratory Therapy Program have a waiting list?

 

  1. What is the salary for a respiratory therapist? Click on the following link.

    http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Respiratory-therapists.htm

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  2. Do I have to take a test for acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program?

    Yes, all applicants are required to take and pass The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Examination. Points towards admission are awarded for a score of 56 or higher.

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  3. Is job shadowing recommended?

    Yes, all previsionally accepted Respiratory Therapy students are required to complete a job shadowing assignment that consits of one eight hour day. The faculty will assist with location and scheduling of assignment and job shadowing must be completed prior to orientation session.

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  4. Is it possible to work full time while enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program?

    Full-time emplopyment is not recommended becaue of the class work and clinical requirements associated with successful program completion. Courses specific to the program are only offered during daytime hours; however, students are required to complete some night and weekend clinical rotations.

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  5. What are some of the skills required of a respiratory therapist?

    The following guidelines are utilized in admitting qualified respiratory therapy students: If an applicant believes that he or she cannot meet onw or more of the standards without accomodation or modification, the applicant should consult Counseling and Career Services.

    Critical Thinking:Allied Health students must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop or participate in development of nursing care plans.
    Ethical Behavior: Allied Health students will care for clients assigned regardless of race, religion, or diagnosis.
    Legal Behavior: Allied Health students will provide provide care within the guidelines of respiratory therapy and will learn to assess the patient’s physical and mental health.
    Interpersonal Skills: Allied Health students shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of psychosocial cultural backgrouns.
    Communicaion Skills: Allied Health students shall possess communicaion abilities sufficient for verbal and nonverbal interaction with others.
    Mobility: Allied Health students shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, stand and walk for extensive periods of time.
    Motor Skills: Allied Health students shall possess gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
    Hearing Skills: Allied Health students shall possess auditory ability sufficient to monitor health needs and collect data.
    Visual Skills: Allied Health students shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and data collection.
    Tactile Skills: Allied Health students shall possess tactile ability sufficient for data collection.
    Weight -Bearing: Allied Health students shall possess the ability to lift and manipulate/move 40-50 pounds.

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  6. Does the Respiratory Therapy Program have a waiting list?

    NO! If not accepted in the respiratory therapy program, the student must re-apply for the following academic year.

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