Respiratory Therapy

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The deadline for submitting applications to the program has been changed from May 1st to June 1st, 2021. 


Respiratory Therapists are primarily responsible for initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation along with the setup and monitoring of life support systems. Respiratory Therapists also provide treatment for heart and lung disorders by administering breathing treatments, medications and oxygen.  In addition the Respiratory Therapists perform diagnostic procedures such as arterial blood gas analysis, electrocardiograms, pulmonary function testing and sleep studies. Upon completion of the second year, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science. Graduates are then eligible to take the NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) exam and the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE) in order to earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Accreditation: The Respiratory Care Technology program at Northwest Mississippi Community College DeSoto Center, 5197 WE Ross Parkway, Southaven, MS 38671, Associate of Science degree, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC, program number 200115). “CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.” CoARC may be contacted at the following website. Student/graduate outcomes for all programs can be found here. Date of last CoARC on-site visit: September, 2019.

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