Respiratory Care Technology
The Respiratory Care Technology Program is a two-year program that prepares the individual to become a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Respiratory Care Practitioners are primarily responsible for initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation along with the setup and monitoring of life support systems.
Respiratory Care Practitioners provide treatment for heart and lung disorders by administering breathing treatments, oxygen and drugs. The RCP also performs electrocardiograms, Pulmonary Function testing and sleep studies. Upon completion of the second year, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science. Graduates are then eligible to take the NBRC Entry Level Exam (CRT) and the Advanced Practitioner exam (RRT).
General Program Information and Accreditation
The Hinds Community College Respiratory Care Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. They may be contacted as follows:
The American Association for Respiratory Care offers multimedia that shows the roles and responsibilities of respiratory care practitioners and interviews with real-life therapists, students, and physicians, and shows the various work settings and types of patients, as well as educational requirements.
Did You Know?
- You can invest two years in a college education that prepares you for a variety of career options.
- Respiratory care practitioners are considered to be respected members of the healthcare team. They work diligently in cooperation with physicians and nurses, to participate in a variety of life-saving and life-supportive efforts for the newborn to the geriatric patient.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase in the demand for respiratory care practitioners is expected to grow 19 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations
- Hinds Community College has a highly successful program, HCC graduates consistently score high on the entry level and advanced level exams.
- Application for admission to Hinds Community College Application for Admission.
- Application for selection to the Respiratory Care Technology Program Selection Application.
- Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, GED® equivalency transcript, or college transcript.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
- ACT composite score of 18 (15, if taken before October 1989)
- Math placement Level = 3 or completion of College Algebra with a grade of C or above.
Process for Selection
- Preference will be given to applicants who have a score of 50 or higher on the rating scale and who complete the application procedure by April 1.
- Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes ACT composite with sub-scores, GPA on RCT program pre-requisite courses, and previous military service/certificates/degrees.
Prerequisites to the First Clinical Course
- Eight hours of documented observation in hospital respiratory therapy departments. (Contact chairperson for details) Submit an observation form
- Completion of the following college courses with a grade of C or above:
- Applicants must attend an orientation session
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (not older than 5 years from start of RCT Program) (BIO 2513 and BIO 2511)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (not older than 5 years from start of RCT Program) (BIO 2523 and BIO 2521)
- College Algebra (MAT 1313) or Microbiology (BIO 2921 and BIO 2923)
- Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed with a grade of C or better, within five years of entering the first Respiratory Therapy class.
For more information about the program or assistance with the admission process, please contact the Department of Respiratory Care Technology at 601.376.4827 or e-mail Therese Winschel.
Information sessions are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs.