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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care (RC) practitioners are trained in a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic skills that enable them to assist with the treatment of individuals with pulmonary and cardiac disorders. Respiratory therapists perform many types of assessment and therepy which includes life support and management of ventilators in the critical care unit. Entry into the Respiratory Care profession requires an associate degree from an accredited program as well as successful completion of national credentialing examinations.
Effective August 2015, students will complete 38 credit hours of general education, science, and mathematics courses at OCCC and then make application to the 12-month Respiratory Care (RC) program at Francis Tuttle. The RC program provides targeted instruction in respiratory care including respiratory theory, laboratory practice, and clinical experience, preparing students to take the national credentialing exams. Upon completion, students will receive the Respiratory Care Therapist Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from OCCC. They are then eligible to take the national examinations to earn a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential and apply for an Oklahoma Respiratory Care Practitioners License.
Advanced Respiratory Therapist1,300 hours for which students will receive 30 credit hours at OCCC towards completion of the AAS degree.
Who Can Attend
Employment Opportunities
Hospitals, Pediatric/Neonatal Care Units, Home Health Agencies, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Equipment Sales, Pulmonary Function Labs, Durable Medical Equipment, Rehabilitation Facilities
Occupational Characteristics
Steady physical activity is required and may consist of walking, standing, and assisting in moving patients and/or equipment. Daily tasks require occassional lifting up to 30-40 lbs.
When dealing with patient care there is occasional to frequent exposure to communicable disease. Direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids requires that personal protective equipment be worn in these circumstances.
In addition, RCP's must have visual acuity sufficient to read monitors from a distance of 6 to 8 feet and to observe and assess patient condition. They must also be able to read patient charts and small print on laboratory reports, medication containers, and technical manuals.
Finally, they must have auditory acuity sufficient to accurately assess heart and breath sounds, understand instructions in a normal tone of voice without seeing the speaker's face, and hear and respond to audible alarms.

To prepare students to function as competent respiratory care practitioners:
a. All graduating students will demonstrate comprehension of and the ability to apply knowledge necessary to perform as a competent respiratory care practitioner.
b. All graduating students will demonstrate competency at performing the clinical skills required of a respiratory care practitioner as defined by the community and national standards.
c. All graduating students will demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting which is consistent with employer expectations.
For Success in this Career You Should Have
Strong math and science skills are important. Respiratory Therapists must have the ability to analyze data, evaluate patients, and make critical thinking decisions that directly affect their patient’s well being.
RCP's work in an extremely busy environment and deal with critically ill patients and their families. They must be able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and must be able to communicate effectively with team members, patients, and families, even under stressful conditions.
Location(s) and Times
Rockwell Campus, Campus Center Building, Health Science Center
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Clinical Rotation Days are usually 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Both classroom and clinical attendance are required.
Two classes of 20 students are admitted each year - one starting in June and one starting in January. See the Entrance Requirements section for application information and deadlines.

Contact Info

Main Number
7:30am - 8:30pm


Attendance Numbers
Portland - 405.717.4304
Reno - 405.717.4646
Rockwell - 405.717.4206

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