Seeking a career in the medical field no longer means being either a doctor or nurse. Respiratory care professionals are instrumental in the diagnosis, treatment, management and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems.
Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Respiratory Care program trains students to become skilled professionals who can carry out specific therapeutic measures that will assist respiratory-distressed patients. Although Hurricane Harvey hit the college hard, the respiratory care program, as well as others, are still open and accepting qualified applicants. The deadline to apply for this program is March 31.
“The program prepares individuals to become active members of the health care team to deliver quality respiratory care and improve the lives of individuals they treat during their professional career of respiratory care,” said Fiona Campbell, respiratory care program director.
Respiratory care, offered during the day or evening, is a two-year program that leads to an associate of applied science degree. It is six semesters long and to earn the degree, students must complete 67 credit hours. Students will learn the prevention of and diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardio-pulmonary diseases. Intensive studies will be done in the mechanical ventilation realm and the resuscitation realm of treatment.
Graduates can continue their educational opportunities through an articulation agreement with the University of Texas Medical Branch for a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy. Students may also transfer credits to Midwestern State University for a bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary, Texas Tech University into the clinical practice management bachelor’s degree program, and University of Texas-Commerce in the bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree program.