Respiratory Care Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College Respiratory Care Technology Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of the college leadership’s decision related to the global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching, learning, and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face to face learning. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion.

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.

NOTICE TO CURRENT RESPIRATORY CARE TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS

1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Respiratory Care Technology Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Programs (264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN 37690; phone 817-283-2835; fax to paper: 817-354-8519; fax to email: 817-510-1063; website: www.coarc.com). We are following the recommendations by CoARC to help students complete their clinical hours virtually in Spring 2020.

Students have completed some clinical rotations prior to March 23. After March 23, students are virtually completing clinicals and will complete any remaining check-offs upon return to campus.

2) How will I do my skills check off this semester?

Partial check-offs this semester was completed, prior to remote teaching. No additional skills check-offs are necessary for any courses offered this semester.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete in this semester?

The good news for Respiratory Care students is that they will be able to finish their clinical site requirements virtually in Spring 2020 and don’t have to worry about additional on-site hour requirements.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

No, if you receive a passing grade from a class and you are not satisfied with the grade, you will not be able to petition for credit/non-credit.

The reason for this is if you intend to graduate from the program, you will need to retake the non-credit class. Program courses are sequential and classes are offered only once a year. You will also need to petition for readmission to the program and fulfill readmission requirements which consist of passing the written and scanning exams. Readmission is based on availability. The Respiratory Care Program will maintain a high standard that will remain as benchmarks for certification/board exam pass rates as well as an accurate measure of student learning outcomes that are consistent with content specifications and clinical competency measures.

5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

Not at this time. We are working on contingency plans to avoid the cancellation of any courses.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact the program director, Christa Mitchell at cmitchell86@alamo.edu or (210) 486 2064.

NOTICE TO INTERESTED RESPIRATORY CARE TECHNOLOGY

1) Are applications still being accepted?

The Respiratory Care Technology program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort. Deadline extended to July 9th.

Please note – our selection criteria changed

Changes to 2020 application process:

Application deadline: July 9th.

Information sessions: canceled. Can provide the Information session powerpoints via email and provide individual meetings for questions.

TEAS test: the requirement is waived. The weighted score for the TEAS is divided up into the other weighted sections on the scoring matrix.

Fall 2020 cohort selection will be based on:

  1. Academic Prerequisites:
  • Pre-Requisite GPA of 2.8 or higher 
    • Overall considered if Pre-Requisite falls below 2.8 and only after all other qualified applicants are considered
    • Overall GPA
    • College Algebra (MATH 1314) 
    • Composition I (ENGL 1301)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2101& 2102 or 2404. Courses must include lab) 

(All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or greater)  

  1. Interview: Panel interview will be conducted via Zoom (cloud-based platform for video/audio conferencing). Applicants selected for the interview will be notified via St. Philips College email (xxxx@student.alamo.edu) about dates/times. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance to the program via St. Philip’s College email.
2) What do I do if I can’t complete my CPR certification and immunizations before I submit my application?

The documentation required for the clinical portion of the program will be collected at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester, therefore, there is time after acceptance to the program to obtain them. Immunizations are required prior to the start of on-site clinicals, which will begin in the middle of Oct.

We usually offer, at your cost, the CPR course during an on-campus clinical day, prior to the start of clinicals.

3) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

Currently, we have no plans to postpone the Fall 2020 start of the new cohort.

4) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

Applicants selected for the interview will be notified via St. Philips College email (xxxx@student.alamo.edu) about dates/times.

5) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact the program director Christa Mitchell at cmitchell86@alamo.edu or 210 486 2064.

What is the Respiratory Care Technology program?

The Respiratory Care Technology program is a sequenced learning experience offering classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences relevant to the practice of state-of-the-art respiratory care. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are prepared for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

What I will learn?

You will learn content and clinical practice experiences that are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of respiratory care procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated.

What's special about the program?

Respiratory Care involves the assessment and therapeutic management of patients diagnosed with cardiopulmonary disease. Practitioners perform procedures involving the administration of oxygen and medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, varied breathing treatments, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, diagnostic lung function testing, and patient/family education.

What can I do with this course of study?

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Would you like to find out more about the Respiratory Care Technology program?  Please visit one of our info sessions. Upcoming dates can be found on the school calendar

 

Application deadline: March 1st, 2020 - June 1st, 2020.

Successful completion of all exams entitles you to graduate with the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

 

Accreditation, Certification, Licensure and Information

Accreditation: 

The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Contact information for CoARC is 777 Cannon Drive, P.O., Box 54876 Hurst, TX 76054 or by phone at (817) 283-2835.  Information is also available online at www.coarc.com.  

Certification and Licensure:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the board examinations provided by The National Board for Respiratory Care. At least a Certified Registered Therapist (CRT) credential is required before applying for the state license through the Texas Medical Board. A state license is required to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in the state of Texas.

Note: Certification and licensure are separate mechanisms.

In addition to the national CRT & RRT credentials, there is credentialing at the state level through the Texas Medical Board. Practitioners must apply for the state credential of a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). Please contact the Texas Medical Board by phone at (512) 305-7010 for more information. 

Information:

Public Information on Programmatic Outcomes Data 

THECB Statutory Requirement

Admission and Prerequisite Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Students applying to the Respiratory Care Technology Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance into St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Division. These requirements include the following:

Complete Apply Texas application
St. Philip's College admission requirements
Healthcare Sciences & Early Childhood Department admission requirements

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Prerequisite Requirements:

All students must complete the following academic prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.8 or higher:

ENGL 1301 Composition I
MATH 1314 College Algebra
BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology

Those students desiring to continue their education in a university-based Respiratory Care Program (B.S.) should enroll in BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 in lieu of the BIOL 2404 requirement for St. Philip's College.

For TEAS test information please click here

Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Applications for the Respiratory Care Technology Program are accepted with the extended deadline of July 9th. Those students submitting a complete application on or before June 1st will be given priority for acceptance. Students submitting an application on or before deadline date but requiring additional semester(s) (Spring/Summer) to complete the prerequisite course(s) cannot be guaranteed acceptance if enrollment capacity is met prior to completion of their prerequisite course(s).

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Application Check List:

  • Apply to St.Philip's College with official transcripts for transfer credit
  • Identify St. Phillip's College as the home school and Respiratory Care Technology as the Major

Respiratory Packet Checklist:

  • Application
  • Essay- "Why I have chosen the Respiratory Care Profession"
  • TEAS Exam- Allied Health Exam
  • All official Transcripts- Program requires a copy in addition to the college
  • Any Additional items- examples found on the scoring sheet
For TEAS test information please click here

Selection Process:

Prospective students submitting an application to the Respiratory Care Technology Program will be selected based upon certain criteria.

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Christa Mitchell, MBA, BSRC, RRT-AE
cmitchell86@alamo.edu
210-486-2064
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330E