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Respiratory Care (Consortium Program)

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 also available Rhodes State'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.

Skillful providers of respiratory care are in increasing demand. Respiratory Care Practitioners are prepared to administer pulmonary care under the direction of licensed physicians. Respiratory Therapists assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and breathing disorders.  These tasks include administering medical gases, breathing tests, medications by inhalation and drawing of blood for analysis. Knowledge of special life-support equipment and methods of monitoring the critically-ill patients are required of respiratory care practitioners. Individuals educated as respiratory therapists must complete a minimum of two years of education. Upon completing the minimum education, graduates are eligible to sit for national board examinations to become a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) and then a registered respiratory therapist (advanced level).

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Qualification Requirements
Academic qualification for the Respiratory Care program are listed below as items 1-5. 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.   Appropriate American College Test (ACT) or college placement test scores or completion of college preparatory coursework as listed below.

  • Test out of college preparatory writing coursework OR completion CPE 0300 with a grade of B or higher or CPE 0400 with a grade of C or higher.
  • Test out of college preparatory reading coursework OR completion of CPE 0200 with a C or higher.
  • Test our of college developmental/elementary algebra OR completion of CPE 0650 with a C or higher.
  • ACT score of 20 or higher in science OR completion of high school chemistry and high school biology OR BIO 1410 with a C or higher within past five years.

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

3.   Complete TEAS V test.

4.   Attend a mandatory Allied Health Orientation session at Rhodes State and sign informed consent forms.

5.   Have Clark State and other college transcripts with transferable college credits for basic and general education courses sent to Rhodes State.

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 linked here and available on their web site.

Notice to Prospective or Current Respiratory Care Students

Students who have been convicted of certain felonies and/or misdemeanor offenses are not eligible to participate in clinical education experiences. A criminal conviction may also affect ability to obtain certifications. Students admitted to a program containing off campus clinical/practicum experiences will be required to submit to drug screening.

Curriculum

Download the curriculum plan for this major. This plan includes Rhodes State technical courses and Clark State general education and basic courses.