The Respiratory Care Program's mission is to prepare competent therapists who demonstrate the ability to apply relevant theory with the necessary psychomotor skills and behavior consistent with effective Respiratory Care delivery. Survey data from the program (2000-2004) indicates that our graduates pass the National Entry-level Practitioner Examination 100% of the time and the National Advanced Practitioner Examination 75% of the time (on the 1st attempt). Additionally, employer and graduate survey data indicates that both are highly satisfied with the entry and advanced levels of preparation provided by the program. The program retains an average of 65% of those who enroll to graduation.
Muskegon Community College provides one level of training in Respiratory Care, the 28-month Program prepares advanced practitioners who also earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS). This program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) through the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, or CoARC (www.coarc.com). Class sizes generally begin with 20-25 students and courses are sequenced beginning in September of each year. Any course such as science or humanities that is not a respiratory care course may be taken prior to entry. Enrollment in the program is based on the student meeting the following criteria: overall GPA of 2.0 and proficiency testing in beginning algebra and English.
Historically, Respiratory Care Practitioners have been well established members of the health care team. Respiratory Therapists work in a fast-paced environment where technical and scientific responsibilities are matched by a real need for human relations skills. They are involved in a wide range of life-supporting and life-saving activities. Therapists provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment to patients suffering from heart and lung disorders. They administer life supporting treatments such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, oxygen and inhaled drug therapy, and mechanical ventilation in both the adult and newborn intensive care units. If you enjoy science and helping people, this could be your career!
Job opportunities are growing and expanding dramatically in Respiratory Care. The hospital is the primary workplace for Respiratory Care Practitioners but increasing numbers are being employed in the growing area of home heath care. Additionally, employment opportunities can be found in outpatient and rehabilitative clinics, education, research, medical manufacturing and sales. Graduates from this program are being hired predominantly in the Muskegon and Grand Rapids area but are able to rapidly find employment through a variety of national classified ad publications. Salaries for graduate therapists are also very good with national averages reported at $38,220 (US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001). They also predict growth in Respiratory Therapy to be "much faster than average" (increase of 36% or more) until the year 2008.
The Muskegon Community College Respiratory Therapy Program, 221 S. Quarterline Road Muskegon, MI 49442, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
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