The 83-credit Respiratory Care program is an American Medical Association-approved 20-month Associate Degree Program that qualifies graduates to become candidates for the national registry examination. Graduates are involved in all aspects of patient assessment, therapeutic planning, and intervention for patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Extensive clinical experiences will take place at a variety of settings including hospital-based settings, home care, skilled nursing facilities, physician offices, and rehabilitation departments. In addition, students will manage advanced life support equipment and perform and interpret diagnostic procedures. A maximum of 20 students are chosen from those who have a 2.25 or higher QPA at the end of the first term of study. All students who attempt the program must maintain a minimum QPA of 2.25 in required professional courses each semester. Once this degree is obtained, a student may continue at Pitt-Johnstown to receive a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare.
Pitt-Johnstown’s Respiratory Care program provides classroom and up-to-date clinical education as required by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835, http://www.coarc.com.
Courses are team taught by Pitt-Johnstown faculty and hospital instructors within their area of expertise.