Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community Colleges Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum. You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program. For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet.
What Does A Registered Respiratory Therapist Do?
Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) work under the direction of a physician and provide medical treatment to patients who suffer with chronic lung problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. They also work with victims of heart attack, accident victims and others with breathing problems.
CRTs and RRTs Provide Treatments that Could Include
- Obtaining blood specimens for gas analysis, determining levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gases.
- Interpreting data obtained from these specimens to evaluate and make changes with life support systems, oxygen or nitric oxide or heliox gas administrations.
- Diagnostic procedures to calculate impaired lung functions.
- Recommend and administer aerosolized antibiotics, antiviral and bronchodilator therapies.
- Metabolic testing to assess the cardiopulmonary systems.
- Home therapeutics for chronically ill patients or those suffering from a respiratory-related sleep disorders.
- Monitoring and managing therapy that will help a patient recover lung function.
- Administering medications in aerosol form to help alleviate breathing problems and to help prevent respiratory infections.
- Monitoring equipment and patient responses to therapy.
- Conducting rehabilitation activities, such as low impact aerobic exercise classes, to help patients who suffer from chronic lung problems.
- Maintaining a patient's artificial airway, one that may be in place to help the patient who can't breathe through normal means.
- Conducting smoking cessation programs for both hospital patients and others in the community who want to kick the tobacco habit.
It is important to graduate from an accredited program. Volunteer State Community College Respiratory Care Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) - https://coarc.com/. CoARC Program #200399.
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Program Outcomes Data
CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. View the CoARC’s outcomes webpage at: https://coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/