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.
Respiratory care practitioners work in many different health care environments which may include:
Under the direct supervision of a physician:
The Respiratory Care Technology program teaches students to:
|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 January1, 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.
Program Description from Official Catalog: