Pearl River Community College

Respiratory Care Technology

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Center

Brief Description of Program: The Respiratory Care Technology is an allied health professional, employed in the treatment, control and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the respiratory system. They serve as a consultant to the physician in the treatment and management of cardio-pulmonary abnormalities and work with nurses in coordinating and implementing an overall patient care strategy. PRCC’s program can be completed in 4 semesters and the application deadline is May 1st each year. Graduates from our program are Nationally credentialed and can work in any state.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field:

  • Constant contact and communication with the patient, the public and/or other members of the health care team.
  • Making decisions on patient care based on assessment of the patient.
  • Moving and manipulating equipment
  • Frequent and timely operation of computers, and telephones,
  • Moving patients for such activities as walking (ambulation of patient), moving a patient in a wheelchair, and assisting with the lifting of patients – examples are movement in bed, moving from a chair to a bed or from a stretcher to a bed and vice versa),
  • Exposure to pathogens through bodily secretions, mucous and blood.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Possible Careers in this Program: Work as Respiratory Therapist in all areas of the hospital, including Intensive Care Units, Emergency room, and Neonatal ICU. RT’s can also travel, work in clinics and home health. Become educators, supervisors and program directors.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: Highly rewarding field where you are an integral part of the health care team. Respiratory Therapists work closely with physician and nurses to provide the highest quality care possible.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: Average annual salary for new graduates is $56,300 or $27 per hour.

Mission of Program: To Prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Goals of Program:

  • To provide quality instruction through various techniques, including the use of technology.
  • To provide students with the skills necessary for job placement after graduation.
  • To provide a learning environment that enables students to be successful in the Respiratory Care Technology Program.