The goal of the respiratory therapy program is to prepare 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). The Respiratory Therapy program combines classroom and clinical experiences. Faculty works with clinical sites and prospective employers to assure graduates are prepared for the rapidly changing health care environment. Individuals are provided with the knowledge and skills needed to provide care throughout the patient lifespan in various settings.
The coursework includes respiratory care fundamentals, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and critical care. Clinical experience integrates classroom materials into real-world applications. Respiratory Therapy is an exciting and challenging career. Therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing and/or other cardiopulmonary problems.
They also provide education to aid in the prevention of further disease processes. Therapists consult with physicians and other health care providers to establish a comprehensive patient care plan.
Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing exam, which is required to practice as a respiratory therapist. Employment may be found with acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, home care, industry, and community agencies.
The AAS Degree Respiratory Therapy program at Wilkes Community College, located in Wilkesboro, N.C., program number 200544, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).