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  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall Semester (Applications due by April 15)

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 15-20

    Program Length 5 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Day Classes & Internship

    Program Location: Pueblo

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  • Career Information
    Graduates of PCC's  Respiratory Therapist program receive an associate degree and may sit for credentialing exams conducted by the National Board for Respiratory Care for the following positions: 

    • Certified Respiratory Therapist
    • Registered Respiratory Therapist 

    As a graduate, you can use your experience at Pueblo Community College as a stepping stone to complete your bachelor's degree. 

    What Will I Learn

    • Oxygen therapy
    • Bronchodilator
    • Chest physiotherapy
    • Patient teaching and instruction
    • ECG
    • Ventilator and airway management
    • Bronchoscopy assistant
    • Arterial blood gas analysis
    • Pulmonary function testing
    • Home respiratory care
    • Trauma and CPR team
    • Pulmonary rehabilitation
    • Intensive and Critical Care
    • Hemodynamic monitoring
    • Chest tube theory
    • Advanced pharmacology
    • ACLS/PALS/NRP

    Our Experienced Faculty
    The PCC Respiratory Care Program faculty have over 50 years of combined experience in Respiratory Therapy. Faculty members are trained teachers with expertise in Respiratory Care. The diverse background of our faculty includes:

    • Registered Respiratory Therapists
    • Instructors for ACLS,  PALS & NRP
    • Longevity of experience in the acute care and trauma setting
    • Strong  working relationship with surrounding hospitals and their respiratory care departments

    Accreditation
    The Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy program at Pueblo Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Click here for the Outcomes data from the 2012 Annual Report of Current Status.

    THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.