2 years August-June Monday-Thursday
Hours vary due to Mountwest Community and Technical College
The Respiratory Therapy Program provides instruction necessary to enable our graduates to function as a competent, respiratory care practitioner. The curriculum includes a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical practice in area hospitals, doctors' offices, and clinics. Collins Career Center's Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Mountwest Community and Technical College awards an Associate Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy upon completion of all required course work. Courses offered in this program include, but may not be limited to:
Respiratory Care Students must demonstrate numerous competencies representing all three learning domains: the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Students learn, practice, and verify these competencies in a number of settings including the classroom, laboratory and clinic. All students interested in participating in the Respiratory Care Program at Collins Career Center should be aware of the physical demands associated with the profession. Examples of these requirements include but are not limited to the following:
Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60. Distinguish between color shades.
Possess normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.
Maneuver large equipment weighing between 100-150 lbs. without assistance.
Lift a minimum of 25 lbs. without assistance using proper body mechanics.
Assist in lifting patients using proper body mechanics.
Stand for extended periods of time.
Walk without assistance for long distances maneuvering equipment or transporting patients.
Communicate verbally with patient, patient families, co-workers, and other medical personnel.
Think and act quickly to emergency situations.
Cope with stress.
Comprehend daily work activities.