Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy

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School of Medical Sciences

Bachelors or Associates Degree inRespiratory Therapy

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Earn your Associates Degree in

Respiratory Therapy

in as little as 18 months!

Or earn your Bachelors Degree in as little as 33 months!

Platt College’s Respiratory Therapy program prepares graduates to pursue careers in Respiratory Therapy, a dynamic specialty area in the rapidly-expanding health care field.

Upon successful completion of foundational coursework and a clinical externship, graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and are eligible to take both entry level (CRT) and advanced level (RRT) credentialing exams through the National Board for Respiratory Care.

For more information click here http://www.coarc.com/47.html

“The Respiratory Therapy Program meets the accreditation standards of CoARC and has received Provisional Accreditation according to the CoARC procedures for accreditation.”

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835 office
(817) 354-8519 fax
www.coarc.com

The knowledge, skills and physical abilities required to safely and efficiently practice respiratory care is complex.

A Respiratory Care Practitioner must possess the following abilities in order to safely practice in the field of Respiratory Therapy. Successful program completion is, in part, dependent upon the students’ ability to meet the physical, cognitive and behavioral demands represented by these standards. We ask that you review these standards when making your decision to become a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

In a typical day as a Respiratory Therapist, you might:

  • Assist physicians in diagnosing, treating, and managing patients with cardio-pulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities
  • Measure critical lung functions
  • Monitor heart functions
  • Treat newborns, trauma victims, drowning victims, and patients suffering from asthma, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, emphysema, and pneumonia.

Physical Standards

A Respiratory Care Practitioner must possess the following abilities in order to safely practice in the field of Respiratory Therapy.

  • Hear verbal instructions. gas flow through equipment and distinguish warning signals
  • Lift/carry equipment and assist in moving and repositioning patients
  • Manual and finger dexterity sufficient to feel to palpate pulses, arteries for puncture and skin temperature; manipulate and grasp small and large equipment; manipulate knobs and dials; assemble/disassemble various medical equipment
  • Push/pull large wheeled equipment, such as mechanical ventilators which may weigh in excess of 200 lbs.
  • Kneel to adjust equipment
  • Crouch/kneel/stoop to adjust, equipment, locate and plug in electrical equipment or perform CPR
  • Walk on hard surfaces for extended periods of time to all areas of a hospital
  • Hear verbal instructions. gas flow through equipment and distinguish warning signals
  • Manual and finger dexterity sufficient to feel to palpate pulses, arteries for puncture and skin temperature; manipulate and grasp small and large equipment; manipulate knobs and dials; assemble/disassemble various medical equipment
  • Push/pull large wheeled equipment, such as mechanical ventilators which may weigh in excess of 200 lbs.
  • Kneel to adjust equipment
  • Crouch/kneel/stoop to adjust, equipment, locate and plug in electrical equipment or perform CPR
  • Walk on hard surfaces for extended periods of time to all areas of a hospital

Cognitive & Behavioral Standards

  • Accept and apply constructive criticism
  •  Adhere to institutional and programmatic policies
  • Apply theory to clinical practice Exhibit the social skills necessary to interact professionally, respectfully and effectively with patients, families, supervisors, and co-workers of the same or different cultures as a health care team member Maintain personal hygiene consistent with close personal contact associated with patient care
  • Calculate, analyze, interpret and record numbers and physical data accurately Demonstrate self-direction and independent responsibility
  • Display attitudes/actions consistent with the ethical standards of the profession Display empathy for patients
  • Exhibit social skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, families, supervisors, and co-workers of the same or different cultures such as respect, politeness, tact, collaboration, teamwork, discretion
  • Carry out verbal and written instructions independently without critical errors and in a timely manner
  • Physical tolerance to a clinical environment that may include noisy conditions, crowded conditions, sterile surroundings, exposure to blood-borne pathogens, and exposure to chemicals/solvents
  • Function safely, effectively, and calmly under stressful situations
  • Maintain composure while managing multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Maintain personal hygiene consistent with close personal contact associated with patient care
  • Prioritize effectively and maintain composure while managing multiple tasks
  • Work in a positive, constructive manner with peers, coworkers, patients and instructors

Congratulations!

To our graduating class and faculty!

Platt College is proud to announce that our initial graduating class of Respiratory Therapy students achieved a 100% pass rate on their CRT examinations.  Congratulations to our RT graduates and faculty!

Robert Wandel / Ontario Campus

Platt College Ontario’s program director Robert Wandel has been practicing and teaching in the Respiratory Therapy field for over 30 years.

Nichole McZeal / Alhambra Campus

Platt College Alhambra’s program director Nichole McZeal has been practicing and teaching in the Respiratory Therapy field for over 16 years. 

Now available at these Platt College campuses:

Respiratory Therapy Passage Rates Statement

Platt College launched its Respiratory Therapy Program in July 2009. The first cohort began in August 2010 and is scheduled to graduate January 17, 2012. After that date, graduating students will be eligible to sit for the Respiratory Therapy Licensing Exams including the CRT and RRT examinations.

What Our Graduates Say

Jamie Madden

Coming to Platt was important to me because it has helped me attain the necessary skills and experience I needed to be more marketable in the medical field.

Jamie MaddenClass of 2011 School of Medical Sciences
Rita McDowell

What I liked best about attending Platt was the small class sizes.  The instructors are able to give each student the attention needed to succeed.  Every instructor I had at Platt was helpful and very understanding about the demands put on students in accelerated classes.  I enjoyed attending Platt.

Rita McDowellClass of 2008School of Medical Sciences

Serving Southern California for over 25 years

Serving the Greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas for over 25 years, Platt College offers degree programs to train graduates for careers in the legal, medical, and creative fields.

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