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Respiratory Therapy

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Respiratory Therapy Students

UA-PTC Respiratory Therapy Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Respiratory Therapy program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, and affective behavior learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.

About Our Program

The Respiratory Therapy program is a patient care field which deals primarily with patients who have respiratory problems. Professional opportunities are constantly increasing, and many areas of respiratory care are becoming specialized. Specialty areas in Respiratory Therapy are: pulmonary function testing, stress test, arterial blood gases, electrocardiograms, neonatal transport and intensive care, cardiovascular intensive care, respiratory intensive care, medical intensive care, administration, classroom instruction, clinical instruction, medical equipment and home care, rehabilitation, and polysomnography.

Program of Study

Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program is highly competitive with 24 students accepted each year. The professional component of the program begins in the Summer Extended semester each year and ends in May. After graduation, students will be eligible to take national credentialing examinations and become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

This program of study requires special program fees beyond current tuition and college fees.

Program Accreditation

UA - Pulaski Tech's Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the following:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Program Number: 200533

  • www.coarc.com - CoARC main website.
  • www.coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/ - 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.

Licensure and Certification Disclosure for Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy program is designed to meet the educational and licensing requirements for respiratory therapists in Arkansas. UA-PTC graduates of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Therapy are eligible to apply for the Therapist Multiple Choice Examination (TMC) offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Candidates that exceed the lower threshold score earn the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential. Candidates who exceed the upper threshold score are eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). Candidates that pass both the TMC upper threshold score and the CSE exam are awarded the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Any credential earned through successful completion of a NBRC examination combined with the professional course work of UA-PTC's Respiratory Therapy program satisfies the academic requirements to apply for a license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (LRCP) in the State of Arkansas.

2018-19 Program Level Outcome Reports

For additional information, contact Respiratory Therapy program director Danah Beard at [email protected] or call (501) 812-2357.

Mailing Address

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
Respiratory Therapy Program
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118

Location: Allied Health Education Center Building, Second Floor