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Title: RCP Program Overview

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  • A Great Career That Makes A Difference

What is Respiratory Care?
  • A health profession that specializes in the
    evaluation, treatment, education and
    rehabilitation of patients with lung and heart
    disease, under the direction of a physician
  • Requires the application of scientific principles
    to promote optimum cardiopulmonary function and

Be In Demand
  • As a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP), you
    will be in one of the fastest-growing, most
    desirable jobs available
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics shows
    demand for respiratory practitioners is expected
    to grow by more than 42 between 1998 2008
  • Family Money Magazine lists Respiratory Care
    among the top 50 careers for the 21st century
    (Jan/Feb 2000, p.52)

Why The Increase in Demand?
  • Increasing numbers of patients with asthma and
    chronic lung disease
  • Technological advances in treatment of heart
    attack, cancer, and accident victims
  • Smoking and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
  • Advances in treatment of premature babies
  • Rising numbers in the elderly population

Where Will I Work?
  • Most RCPs work in hospitals where they perform
    intensive care, critical care, neonatal and
    diagnostic procedures
  • Increasingly, RCPs are vital to the hospitals
    lifesaving emergency response teams
  • Other opportunities exist in nursing homes, home
    health care agencies, outpatient clinics,
    physician offices, and educational facilities

Who Will I Care For?
  • RCPs are often responsible for the care of
    critically ill patients requiring life support
  • Common breathing disorders include asthma,
    bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, pneumonia, cystic
    fibrosis, chest trauma, and heart disease


Who Will I Care For?
Patients ages range from newborns to the elderly
Nature of the Work
  • As a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP), you
    will evaluate patients
  • Lung function and capacity via pulmonary function
  • Levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases
    in blood samples via highly sophisticated
    electronic devices
  • Cardiopulmonary status via diagnostic stress,
    sleep, and exercise studies
  • EKGs and cardiac tests

Nature of the Work
  • As an RCP, you will treat patients by
  • Administering oxygen and other therapeutic gases
  • Managing medication
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Resuscitation techniques
  • Providing chest and lung
  • therapies
  • Monitoring equipment and patient responses to

Nature of the Work
  • As an RCP, you will rehabilitate patients by
  • Conducting low-impact aerobic
  • exercise classes to help those
  • who suffer from chronic lung
  • problems
  • Participating as a team in Cardio-
  • pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs
  • Working in home care for ongoing
  • pulmonary care

Nature of the Work
  • As an RCP, you will educate patients by
  • Conducting smoking
  • cessation programs for both
  • hospital patients and others
  • in the community
  • Participating in asthma
  • screening, reinforcing
  • prescribed medication regimes and
  • teaching preventative measures
  • Continually providing patients with the
  • latest theory on disease management

Career Potential
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (Level 1-4)
  • Pulmonary Function Technologist
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Therapist
  • Respiratory Care Educator
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Sleep Disorder Therapist
  • Home Care Therapist
  • Respiratory Care Manager
  • Respiratory Care Supervisor

Future Opportunities
  • After obtaining CRT status, graduates qualify to
    take the NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist
    (RRT) exam
  • Advanced credentials in specialties such as
    pulmonary function (CPFT and RPFT),
    perinatal/pediatrics and sleep disorders are
    available with on the job training

Why Choose the Respiratory Care Program at NWTC?
  • Provides advanced respiratory therapy training
    based upon national standards provided by the
    matrix of the NBRC (National Board for
    Respiratory Care)
  • CAAHEP-accredited program
  • (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
    Education Programs)
  • CoARC-accredited program
  • (Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory

Respiratory Care Program at NWTC
  • Upon completion of your training, you will be
  • Awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
    Degree for Respiratory Care
  • Eligible to obtain a license in the state of your
  • Eligible to take the National Board for
    Respiratory Care (NBRC) Credentialing
    Examinations, which upon passing, leads to the
    credential Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Requirements For Program Entry
  • NWTC requires an entrance skill inventory for all
    program applicants
  • Minimum standard composite score of 20 on the ACT
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • High school Algebra with a C or better (or
    attain program benchmark on skills test)
  • One year of biology AND one year Chemistry with a
    grade of C or better
  • One year of physics or advanced math with C or

Requirements For Program Entry
  • Complete an interview or orientation
  • A medical examination satisfactorily completed
    within three months before entering the program
  • All students are required to complete an American
    Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR
    course, and maintain a current CPR card to comply
    with affiliating agency requirements

Desirable Personal Attributes of a Respiratory
Care Practitioner
  • Desire to help others by working in the health
    care system
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Capable of working well under stress
  • Interested in working as part of a team
  • Sensitive to patients physical and psychological
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Non-smoker ?

Core Courses
  • Respiratory Therapy Survey
  • Respiratory Therapeutics 1
  • Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Respiratory Circulatory Physiology
  • Respiratory Therapeutics 2
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Respiratory Life Support Technology

Core Courses
  • Respiratory Circulatory Diagnostics and
  • Respiratory Neonatal/Pediatric Care
  • Clinical Simulation Review 1
  • Clinical Simulation Review 2
  • Respiratory Therapy Clinical Practice 1-5

What Makes NWTCs Respiratory Care Program Unique?
  • Progressive Leadership
  • New Health and Safety expansion project to meet
    the growing needs of the community
  • Clinical affiliates nationally recognized for
    quality in health care

State of the Art Equipment
  • State of the art equipment including the Human
    Patient Simulator where real life situations are
    simulated in the lab

Human Patient Simulator
  • Practice real life situations in the lab setting
    with a programmable manikin designed to simulate
    real disease states for any particular situation.

NWTC RCP Students have access to
  • Dedicated effective faculty who genuinely care
    about the students
  • Low tuition and fees
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Counseling and career placement
  • Up to date Learning Resource Center
  • Computer and internet research

NWTC RCP Students work with specialty physicians
  • Neonatologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Critical Care Specialists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Emergency Room Physicians
  • Allergists
  • Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons
  • General Surgeons
  • Internists
  • Primary Care Physicians

NWTC RCP Students
  • Access a wide variety of clinical experiences
    provided by some of the most highly skilled
    affiliates in the country
  • St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay
  • Bellin Health, Green Bay
  • St. Marys Hospital, Green Bay
  • Theda Care, Neenah
  • Appleton Medical Center, Appleton
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton
  • Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • St. Lukes Hospital, Milwaukee
  • Aurora BayCare, Green Bay
  • Froedtert, Milwaukee

NWTC Graduate Survey
  • Indicates Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • have a 99 pass rate on the NBRC entry level exam
  • 100 job placement in their chosen field
  • 2005 entry level pay approximately 17.00 per
    hour plus shift differential
  • many employers offer tuition reimbursement or
    sign on bonus

NWTC Employers Survey
  • Indicates that new graduates
  • meet or exceed their expectations for hire
  • are clinically sound
  • have the knowledge to think critically in the
    clinical setting
  • are service-oriented health care providers

NWTC Graduates
  • Are provided with an exciting, rewarding career
    in Respiratory Care

Is Respiratory Care for Me?
  • YES! If YOU want
  • the ability to make a difference in peoples
  • a rewarding career with a good salary
  • the opportunity to help others
  • recognition and appreciation
  • a sense of accomplishment as a respected member
    of the health professions
  • a role in decision-making
  • job security
  • job flexibility

AARC Guide to Professionalism
  • AARC video in PowerPoint, which will help you
    learn more about the roles and expectations of
    your performance on the job and beyond
  • Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Role Model Statement
  • Position Statement of Diversity

Respiratory Care Professional Organizations
  • American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
    web site that includes career information and a
    downloadable video on the profession
  • Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
    (CoARC) web site that includes a complete list
    of all accredited respiratory therapy
    educational programs
  • National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC)
    voluntary health certifying board that evaluates
    the professional competence of respiratory

For More Information
  • Contact
  • Kathy Schlitz, BA, RRT, CPFT, AE-C
  • NWTC RCP Program Director
  • 2740 West Mason Street
  • PO Box 19042
  • Green Bay, WI 54307-9042
  • (920) 498-5533
  • katherine.schlitz_at_nwtc.edu

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