Respiratory Therapist training program

September 20, 2017 by Anonymous

SHOW LOW — An informational meeting and open house for persons interested in local Respiratory Therapist training will be on Friday, October 13, at 2 p.m., at Northland Pioneer College’s Show Low – White Mountain Campus Ponderosa Center Symposium Room.

A partnership between NPC and Cochise College will make nationally accredited Respiratory Therapy (RT) training available at the Show Low campus starting in January 2018.

RT students working  with a patient
RT students working with a patient.

“NPC has been looking for ways to make additional allied health programs available to our students to help fill the local demand for skilled workers,” notes Dr. Debra McGinty, NPC's dean of Nursing and Allied Health programs. “Our local medical partners need qualified respiratory therapists, and Cochise College, which has an accredited RT program, was willing to partner with NPC to offer the program to our students.”

Representatives from Cochise and NPC will be present at the open house to explain prerequisite and admission requirements for the RT program. Prior to admission into the two-year RT program, students must complete English, math, biology and general education transfer courses, a total of 23 NPC credits. The four semesters of RT-specific courses are all offered through Cochise, beginning in the spring semester. NPC academic advisers also have a complete list of prerequisite courses required for admission to the RT program.

Initially, 10 NPC students will be admitted to the RT program, which requires a total of 76-78 credits for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), which accredits the Cochise program, looks at classroom size, laboratory facilities, available clinical locations as well as the number of heart and lung disorder patients with respiratory therapists available for the size of the class.

A Respiratory Therapist, or Respiratory Care Practitioner, is involved in the evaluation and monitoring of heart and lung function, as well as giving treatment and providing temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema; emergency care to victims of heart attacks, stroke, drowning or shock; treatment of trauma victims and surgical patients; and education and rehabilitation services and diagnostic testing.

Additional questions can be directed to Noelle Coats, (520) 452-2613.

Easier access to parking for the Ponderosa Center is from W. Whipple. The Ponderosa Center is at the west (left) end of the parking lot, closest to the intersection with the Deuce of Clubs.

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