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Respiratory Care

This program is offered at Clark State's Start here, finish there location.

Clark State Community College joined the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium in order to expand its allied health offerings, including an associate degree in Respiratory Care to Clark State students. This consortium allows Clark State students to complete their general education and basic classes through Clark State at one of its campuses or online. Students are also enrolled at Rhodes State. Technical courses are taught by Rhodes State faculty through distance learning on the Clark State campus. Students will need to travel to the Rhodes State campus in Lima for skills lab instruction and hands-on practice approximately once a week. Clinical learning experiences will be scheduled in regional healthcare facilities. A very important aspect of the Respiratory Care consortium program is that these clinical seats are reserved for qualified Clark State students living in Clark State's service area.

Information about the consortium is available at the consortium web site. Specific information about the Respiratory Care program is available on the consortium's Respiratory Care program web page. 

The technical courses in the Respiratory Care program start each year in summer semester (May). Seats for the program are filled with qualified applicants on a continuous basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early and seek qualified status as soon as possible to secure a seat as seats are limited. Clark State candidates for this program must also apply to Rhodes State online. Students should indicate they are applying to the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium and that they are from Clark State by checking the appropriate boxes at the top of the application.

Qualification Requirements
Academic qualification for the Respiratory Care program are listed below as items 1-3. These requirements must be met prior to being placed on the qualification list. All coures must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

1.   American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or higher with individual test scores or other appropriate test scores/developmental coursework as listed below.

  • ACT score of 18 or higher in writing OR COMPASS writing score of 70 or higher OR completion of CPE 0300 with a grade of B or higher or CPE 0400 with a grade of C or higher.
  • ACT score of 21 or higher in reading (social science) OR COMPASS reading score of 70 or higher OR completion of CPE 0200 with a C or higher.
  • ACT score of 22 or higher in mathematics OR COMPASS pre-algebra score of 47 and developmental algebra score of 53 OR completion of CPE 0700 with a C or higher.
  • ACT score of 22 or higher in science OR completion of high school chemistry or CHM 1150 within past 5 years with a C or higher and high school biology or BIO 1410 with a C or higher within past 5 years.

2. Complete TEAS V for AH (formelry HOBET) test.

3. High school or life experiences with computers OR ITS 1105.

4. A minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for any previous college course work at the time of selection and matriculation.

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet academic requirements may plan a program of study under the guidance of an academic advisor to prepare for possible admission to the program.

Students will have additional requirements that will have to be met before entrance into the Respiratory Care program. These requirements include but are not limited to documented observations of a respiratory care practitioner in a hospital, physical, immunizations, background check, drug screen, CPR certification, and interview with the Respiratory Care program director.

Technical Standards
All applicants accepted into The Allied Health Consortium must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to meet the standards. Students are to be provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. The Rhodes State Allied Health Department's technical standards are available on pages 55-56 of the Allied Health Consortium General Preparation Manual.

Notice to Prospective or Current Respiratory Care Students
Students who have ever been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites, therefore preventing them from completing the program. A criminal record may also prevent a graduate  from obtaining a license or certificate in a chosen health-care profession.

This link to the Respiratory Care curriculum shows the curriculum plan with Rhodes technical courses and Clark State general education and basic courses.