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Respiratory Care Technology

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Respiratory Care Technology

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The Respiratory Care Technology Program is a two-year program that prepares graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (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. Respiratory Therapists also provide treatment for heart and lung disorders by administering breathing treatments, medications and oxygen. In addition, the 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.

General Program Information and Accreditation

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 clicking on the following link:


*This data is self-reported by respiratory care programs to CoARC and reflects the aggregate data for the three year time period being reported.

Who are Respiratory Therapists? View the Life and Breath to find out.

Program Catalog

Student Program Manual

RCT Program Core Performance Standards

Ethics for the Health Care Professional

The American Association for Respiratory Care offers multimedia resources that explain the roles and responsibilities of a Respiratory Therapist with interviews with real-life therapists, students, and physicians. These interviews explore the various work settings and patients involved in Respiratory Care, as well as educational requirements to become a Respiratory Therapist.

Did You Know?

  • You can invest two years in a college education that prepares you for a variety of career options.
  • Estimated Program Costs
  • 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 newborn 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 Community College has a highly successful program, HCC graduates are consistently successful on credentialing exams, and traditionally experience a 100% job placement rate.
  • Program Effectiveness Data

Admission Requirements

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 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.

Rating Scale

Prerequisites to the First Respiratory Course

  1. Eight hours of documented observation in hospital respiratory therapy departments. (Contact chairperson for details) Submit an observation form
  2. Completion of the following college courses with a grade of C or above:
  3. Applicants must attend an orientation session
  1. Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (not older than 5 years from start of RCT Program) (BIO 2513 and BIO 2511)
  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (not older than 5 years from start of RCT Program) (BIO 2523 and BIO 2521)
  3. College Algebra (MAT 1313) or Microbiology (BIO 2921 and BIO 2923)
  4. 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.

Preceptor Information

Contact Information

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

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.

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