“If you love thinking critically and helping people this is a great job for you! If you want to make a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis you will love RT.” Jessica Alphin, Director of Clinical Education
To prepare graduates with demonstrative competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of Respiratory Care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRTs).
About the Program
The Respiratory Care program is 18-months in length and begins in January each year. Applications for the program open Feb 1st of each year and close at the end of Fall term. Please contact the department administrative assistant for more information, 870-248-4150.
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Respiratory Care program are prepared to enter the profession of Respiratory Care as a member of the critical care team, functioning in clinics, hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Emergency Transport settings. Throughout this program, individuals learn to use mechanical ventilators and monitoring equipment to support breathing. They learn to assist the Physician or other healthcare practitioners in Pulmonary Function, Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing, and Arterial Blood Gas Labs, where they are vital in determining the type and extent of disease and monitoring the responsiveness to a particular treatment regimen.
Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Care program at Black River Technical College graduates will be qualified to sit for the NBRC credentialing exam. Licensure regulations vary widely from state to state and successful completion of the program does not guarantee professional licensure. Professional licensure in Arkansas is regulated by the Arkansas State Medical Board. For more information about the ASMB, and for specific regulations tied to the licensure process, please visit: http://www.armedicalboard.org/
Any student whose plan of study is interrupted due to military service obligations while enrolled in an allied health program will be guaranteed readmission upon return. The student will be required to meet the readmission standards set by the program.
updated 06.20.2023 DC