Respiratory Care courses at Amarillo College focus on the theory, techniques and equipment of respiratory care, as well as the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases. The clinical application courses are conducted in area hospitals and provide students with hands-on experience in the practice of respiratory care. The AC program is designed to be completed in 24 months and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Graduates become eligible to take certification exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
Respiratory care is an allied health specialty concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases that inhibit a patient’s breathing. Trained therapists work as part of a team with physicians, nurses and other specialists to provide total care to their patients. Hospitals are the primary employers of respiratory therapists – from general care to neonatal, pediatric and adult intensive care. However, many therapists now work in the home-care setting as well as at alternative sites, such as pulmonary rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics.