Seeking a career in the medical field no longer means being either a doctor or nurse. Respiratory therapists 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. Graduates are qualified to perform specific therapeutic measures that will assist respiratory-distressed patients. Prospective students interested in learning more are invited to fall information sessions in the Science Instructional Building (SIB). The meetings are on Sept. 17 and Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in room 118 and Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. in room 122.
"Information will be given regarding the career, employment opportunities, and potential salary. Attendees will learn about the education requirements, and the necessary time commitments to study and complete this degree program," said Fiona Campbell, respiratory care program director. "Didactic courses with laboratories and clinical/practicum courses will be discussed for students to have an overview of the program."
Respiratory care, offered during the day or evening, is a two-year program that leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. It is six semesters long, and students must complete 66 credit hours to obtain the degree. Students will learn the prevention, diagnostic, and therapeutic treatment of cardio-pulmonary diseases. They will also undergo intensive studies on mechanical ventilation and the resuscitation realm of treatment.
"The program prepares individuals to become active members of the health care team. They will learn how to deliver quality respiratory care and improve the lives of individuals they treat during their professional career in respiratory care," Campbell said.
Graduates can continue their educational opportunities through an articulation agreement with the University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB 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 Health Care Management bachelor's degree program and the University of Texas-Commerce in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program.