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Respiratory Therapy

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Location:

Trenholm Campus:
1225 Air Base Blvd, Building H
Montgomery, Alabama 36108

Programs & Training

Respiratory Therapy

*Applications will be accepted and available from September 1st – November 7th at 4:00 p.m. for a start in January. Please take a look at The Program tab below for additional information.

Thank you for your interest in our program. The Respiratory Care Therapy program at Trenholm State Community College provides students with the necessary education to gain entry-level positions in the field of Respiratory Therapy.

The first step to be accepted into this program is to complete the college application.

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

Provide entry-level Respiratory Therapists with the opportunity to provide the best practice in the field through education, research, and service in the community.

Instruct graduates to be successful, self-assured, and proficient respiratory therapists who exemplify professionalism while providing exceptional care.

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.

Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Manage quality, safe, evidence-based, skilled, and patient-centered care utilizing the nursing process.
  2. Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  3. Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  4. Develop and integrate individualized teaching plans and incorporate teaching and learning principles.
  5. Participate in collaborative relationships with patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary team to provide and improve patient care.
  6. Incorporate professional, ethical, and legal principles into entry-level nursing performance.
  7. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  8. Think critically, both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis, write and speak effectively, use basic computer applications, and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society.

 

  • 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.

    CoARC Webpage
    CoARC Outcomes Webpage
    CoArc's Address: 264 Precision Blvd. Telford, TN 37690

    CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

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**IMPORTANT NOTE: AS PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO VIEW YOUR ACT SCORE IN THE TRENHOLM PORTAL. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL ACT SCORE IN THE STUDENT PORTAL WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO ACT BEING POSTED IN YOUR STUDENT PORTAL, USE THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION.

Tuition & Fee Schedule

You can find tuition rates on our Tuition & Fee schedule

Important Dates

Refer to the College Calendar for all important dates.

ACCUPLACER Testing

The answer is yes, unless you qualify for exemption.

Full FAQ

Still have more questions? Please view our full FAQS page 

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.

The Program

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)

Prerequisite Courses

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

Frequently Asked Questions

The program is 5 semesters long.

The application is due on October 31st .

New cohorts (classes) start every Spring (January).

The Respiratory Care Therapy Program can admit a max of 20 students per cohort.

Night classes are currently not offered.

The RPT program is very rigorous, which requires you to dedicate practice time in addition to your scheduled classes. RPT Classes are scheduled three-four days/per week.

NO; you will need to apply for TSCC’s RPT program and take all the courses to obtain your degree.

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Contact Us

Program Contact

Shalanda Lee
Director of Respiratory Therapy
334-420-4419
slee@trenholmstate.edu

 

Program Contact

Latavia Barrow
Clinical Director of Respiratory Therapy
334-420-4345
lbarrow@trenholmstate.edu

 

Location

Trenholm Campus
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Montgomery, AL 36108
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