Respiratory Care

Program Information

Location of Program:

Forrest County Campus

Program Start:

Fall Semester

Program Instructor Contact Information:

Frances Wright

Brief Description of Program:

Respiratory Care is an allied health professional, employed in the treatment, control, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the respiratory system. Respiratory Care professionals serve as consultants 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 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 program. The 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. Upon completion of the Respiratory Care program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) TMC Exam. Graduates who successfully pass the TMC Exam at the high cut score are eligible for the NBRC Clinical Simulation Exam. Graduates from our program, who have passed their exam, 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 CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomesbased’ 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. 

Outcomes data from the latest Annual Report of Current Status have been posted on the CoARC website. Click here to view the Programmatic Outcomes Data page.

Possible careers in this program:

Work as a Respiratory Therapist in all areas of the hospital, including Intensive Care Units, Emergency room, and Neonatal ICU. RTs can also travel, and 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 physicians and nurses to provide the highest quality care possible.

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Mission 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.
  • 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 Respiratory Therapists.
  • To produce graduates who demonstrate proficiency in communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills.

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Goals 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).

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