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 Respiratory Care Technology Program begins in the Fall Semester of each year and can be completed in 4 semesters. All applicants MUST complete the required pre-requisite courses to be eligible for admittance to the Respiratory Care Technology Program. Selection of students is very competitive and is based on ACT scores, pre-requisite course GPA, and interviews. Applications are accepted each year until May 1, at which time your application file must be complete. Graduates from our program are Nationally credentialed and can work in any state.

Accreditation Status
The PRCC Respiratory Care Technology Program, CoARC #200409, located on the FCC (Forrest County Center), is accredited by CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care). Outcomes data from the latest Annual Report of Current Status have been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx.

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.

Program Goals: 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).

Program Objectives:

  • 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.
  • To produce students who demonstrate the ability to perform, comprehend, apply, and evaluate relevant information necessary for program success.
  • To produce graduates who perform effectively as a member of the health care team.
  • To produce graduates who demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information that is relevant to their role as a Respiratory Therapist.
  • To produce graduates who demonstrate proficiency in communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills.