The first step to be accepted into this program is to complete the college application. Apply Now!
A Respiratory Therapist is a specialist trained in pulmonary medicine to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease. A day in the life of an Respiratory Therapist may include:
- Diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatments
- Analyzing breath, tissue, and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases
- Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for paients who can't breathe normally on their own
- Educating patients and family members about lung diseases
- Responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care
The Trenholm State Community Respiratory Therapy Program, CoArc program number 200638, awarding an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy, at the Trenholm State Campus, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students.
It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.
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).
If you are interested in becoming a Respiratory Therapist and would like to have your name placed on the interest list, feel free to contact Mrs. Lee.
The program will consist of 76 credit hours. Of these, 23 credits are in general education. Students will also need an ACT score of 18 or higher. (ORI 101 Orientation to College is 1 credit hour)
|Course Area||Course Name||Area||Credit Hours|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||Area I||3|
|SPH 106 or SPH 107||Fundamentals of Oral Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking||Area II||3|
|ART 101 or MUS 101||Art Appreciation or Music Appreciation||Area II||3|
|BIO 201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||Area III||4|
|BIO 202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||Area III||4|
|MTH 100 or Higher MTH||Intermediate College Algebra||Area III||3|
|PSY 200||General Psychology||Area IV||3|
- How long is the program?
- The program is 5 semesters long.
- When can I print out an application?
- August or September.
- When is the application due?
- The application is due in October or November (Date to be announced).
- When is the next class's start date?
- New cohorts (classes) start every Spring (January).
- How many students will you accept?
- The respiratory Therapy Program can only accept 20 students.
All Allied Health Programs are Selective Based Programs. Selective Based Programs require you to submit an application for your program of choice. Once accepted into the college and the prerequisites are met, you are eligible to apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Following acceptance into the program, students are mailed detailed instructions on additional documentation needed.
Completing the minimum requirements and submitting and application does not guarantee acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program or any Selective Based Program at Trenholm State Community College.
This program requires you to have four semesters of clinical rotations. The first three clinical rotations are once a week 12 hour shifts. The last semester is 24 hours (2 days a week) clinical schedule. Each clinical rotation is 7a-7p.
Director of Respiratory Therapy
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Montgomery, AL 36108