Respiratory Care is practiced under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician involving the diagnosis, testing, treatment, monitoring, and care of persons with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Respiratory care practitioners work in general hospital inpatient care; adult, pediatric, or neonatal intensive care units; emergency rooms; out-patient, home care, or rehabilitation facilities; special-procedure areas; and diagnostic laboratories. Graduates are eligible to take the advanced level national credentialing exams to become Registered Respiratory Therapists.
The Respiratory Care Technology Program at Delgado Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Note: Program applicants should be aware that visible tattoos and body piercings (other than earrings) are not permitted in many clinical affiliates. Upon acceptance into a program and the commencement of clinical rotations, students may be required to cover visible tattoos and remove visible piercings.
Respiratory care practitioners work in many different health care environments which may include:
Under the direct supervision of a physician:
|Graduation Year||2014-16 (3-Year Average)|
|Number of graduates||17|
|Number of students enrolled||19|
|Retention (based on enrollment date, not graduation date)||94.7 %|
|On-time graduation rate||70.8 %|
|Positive job placement||86.3 %|
|CRT credential success (all graduates)||96.1 %|
|*TMC exam - first time passing low cut score (2015)||95.5 %|
|*TMC exam - first time passing high cut score (2016)||86.4 %|
|RRT credential success (all graduates)||80.4 %|
|Clinical simulation exam - first time passing||71.9 %|
*As of January 1, 2015, the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination and the updated Clinical Simulation Examinations are the professional credentialing examinations taken by graduates of CoARC accredited programs to earn the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. These exams are National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and have been in use since 1/1/2015. Prior to 2015, there were separate exams for the CRT and written portion of the RRT. The CRT and/or RRT credentials are used as the basis for licensure in Louisiana, as well as 48 other states that regulate the practice of RT.
The RRT credentialing Examinations are designed to objectively measure essential knowledge, shills, and abilities required of advanced respiratory therapist. The TMC determines eligibility for the Clinical Simulation Examination. There are two established cut scores for the TMC Examination.
Information on student/graduate outcomes for our program and all other programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) may be found on CoARC’s website.
Persons accepted into the Respiratory Care Technology Programs will be required to:
Respiratory Care Technology students pay the same fee for each term as other credit students enrolled in the college.
*Louisiana Resident's Fee - $2039.52
*Non-Resident's Fee - $4183.92
In addition to these charges, the following fees are also assessed:
*Subject to changes
Other costs include uniforms, clinical supplies, health requirements, background check, drug test, textbooks, and seminars which are approximately $800.00 over the duration of each year of the program. Various financial assistance options are available to students. Information on scholarships, loans and grants may be obtained through the college's Office of Financial Aid.
Program Description from Official Catalog: