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Respiratory Care

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Are you looking for a breath of fresh air with your future career? Can you imagine helping patients from tiny, wheezy tots to seasoned lung warriors breathe easier and feel better through your training and technical abilities?

Zane State teamed up with Rhodes State College to offer a Respiratory Care program so future lung wizards like you can help save the day for many (no capes are required). Join the ranks of other pulmonary talents to assist physicians in decoding tricky breathing challenges.

Get ready for a two-year lung boot camp – the shortest superhero origin story ever! Complete it, and you’ll be primed to conquer the board exams.

  • First stop, Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). 
  • The next level, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with a bachelor’s degree. With  your RRT status, you’ll be the Picasso of pulmonary, handling everything from the heart and lungs to renal anatomy. 

Strong communication is vital to clear pathways and working well with a healthcare dream team. And speaking of dreams, this profession has one, too – a smoke-free world. Zane State’s Respiratory Care program – where every breath is a chance to save the day, and your future career is ready to take flight. Suit up, lung hero, apply today!

Graduates are eligible to take the national board examination which qualifies students to work in all 50 states as a Certified Medical Assistant. The Medical Assisting Program at Zane State College has a 100% job placement and 100% certification exam passage rate for the year 2020 and a five-year average graduate and employer satisfaction rate of 100 percent.

The Zane State College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board (MAERB).

Admission to the Medical Assisting program is selective. Applicants are required to show evidence of satisfactory completion of high school and/or previous college work with a minimum GPA of 2.5. For detailed information on the admission procedure, contact the program director

Highlights

The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $61,330 in May 2019 (bls.gov) Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. (bls.gov)

Respiratory therapists held about 134,000 jobs in 2018. (bls.gov)

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  • In addition to the general admission requirements for all students, the following specific requirements must be completed before being added to the qualified list:

    • Attend a mandatory program specific orientation.
    • Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for any previous college-level course work at the time of selection and matriculation.
    • Complete all required college level math, writing and reading courses and prerequisites with a grade or D or higher, and all college level science requirements and prerequisites with a grade of C or higher; or equivalent placement.
  • Once a student is admitted into the Rhodes State Respiratory Care program, they must show completion of the following requirements prior to start of first term (summer):

    • Complete 16 hours of observation with a respiratory care practitioner in a hospital of the applicant’s choice. Appointments with the hospital are made by the applicant.
    • Complete an interview with the Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Program chairperson or director of clinical education.
    • Prior to enrollment in the first clinical course, the student must meet these requirements:
    • Provide the results of a physical examination including laboratory tests and completion of required immunizations before actual clinical course work can be started. The Rhodes State Respiratory Care program also has technical standards for which all students must be capable. These standards specify skills necessary to participate in learning activities and professional practice. Click to review these standards. https://catalog.rhodesstate.edu/divisions/health_sciences/#technicalstandardstext
    • Complete an American Heart Association, BLS, Health Care Provider, CPR course prior to clinical course work. Must be maintained through to graduation.
    • Meet the expanding requirements of Rhodes State clinical affiliates. Students will be required to submit to drug screening prior to enrollment in the first Rhodes State clinical course (RES 1410 Clinical Experience I). Positive drug screens will result in dismissal from all clinical courses and consequently from the program. In addition to screening, all students in clinical courses are subject to random and for cause drug screens for the duration of the Respiratory Care program.
    • Complete a mandatory criminal background check. Anyone with a prior felony and/ or some misdemeanors are at risk of being dismissed from the program. A positive criminal record may also prevent an individual from obtaining a license to practice Respiratory Care following graduation. Please refer to the Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening paragraph in the Division of Health Sciences section of the current college catalog for details. https://catalog.rhodesstate.edu/divisions/health_sciences/

Zane State College
Julia Griffin, Student Success Coach
jgriffin@zanestate.edu
740.588.4174

Rhodes State
Pamela Halfhill, MS, Chair
halfhill.p@RhodesState.edu
419.995.8366

Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Program number 200324 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com): Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 264 Precision Blvd., Telford, TN 37690, (817) 283-2835

The Rhodes State program has been accredited since its inception in 1980. In 2018 and 2019 Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Program received The Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. This award is presented as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. From a program effectiveness perspective, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

Programmatic Outcomes Data
http://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx

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Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Program number 200324 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com): Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 264 Precision Blvd., Telford, TN 37690, (817) 283-2835

The Rhodes State program has been accredited since its inception in 1980. In 2018 and 2019 Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Program received The Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. This award is presented as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. From a program effectiveness perspective, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

Programmatic Outcomes Data
http://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx

Zane State College EEET Program Graduation Data

  • 2012 Graduates: 35
  • 2013 Graduates: 31
  • 2014 Graduates: 26
  • 2015 Graduates: 26
  • 2016 Graduates: 23
  • 2017 Graduates: 29
  • 2018 Graduates: 42
  • 2019 Graduates: 25
  • 2020 Graduates: 25
  • 2021 Graduates: 27
  • 2022 Graduates: 36

Zane State College EEET Program Enrollment Data

  • Fall 2012: 39
  • Fall 2013: 57
  • Fall 2014: 73
  • Fall 2015: 72
  • Fall 2016: 94
  • Fall 2017: 85
  • Fall 2018: 70
  • Fall 2019: 75
  • Fall 2020: 71
  • Fall 2021: 78
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