Respiratory Care (Consortium Program)This program is available at the Start here, finish there location.
Clark State 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.
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).
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.