Respiratory Care Technology
Our Respiratory Care Technology program is a two-year program that prepares graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs).
Respiratory Therapists are primarily responsible for initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation along with the setup and monitoring of life support systems. They also provide treatment for heart and lung disorders by administering breathing treatments, medications and oxygen. Additionally, Respiratory Therapists perform diagnostic procedures such as arterial blood gas analysis, 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 Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) exam and the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE) in order to earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
Did You Know?
- You can invest two years in a college education that prepares you for a variety of career options.
- Respiratory Therapists are critical 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 newborns to the geriatric patient.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Respiratory Therapists is expected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Hinds CC has a highly successful program. Our graduates are consistently successful on credentialing exams and traditionally experience a 100% job placement rate.
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.
Courses Are Offered At These Locations
For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.
- 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.
Prerequisites to the First Respiratory 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 the start of RCT Program) (BIO 2513 and BIO 2511)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (not older than 5 years from the 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.
- 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 March 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.
The Hinds Community College Respiratory Care Technology Program, CoARC Program Number 200026, located at the Nursing & Allied Health Center (Jackson Campus) awards an Associate in Applied Science Degree.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Prospective students can find CoARC contact information and view program outcomes data* by visiting the CoARC website.
*This data is self-reported by respiratory care programs to CoARC and reflects the aggregate data for the three year time period being reported.
Therese Winschel, B.S., RRT
LaShonda Eades, BHA, RRT
Stephane G. Jones, MPH, RRT
Dionne Horton, BS, RRT