• Respiratory Care 

    Respiratory Care Program Goal

    The goal of the Respiratory Care Program at Baltimore City Community College 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 (RRTs).

    The Respiratory Care program at Baltimore City Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care  (http://www.coarc.com/).

    Program Description 

    The Respiratory Care Program at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) prepares students to work as Respiratory Care Practitioners, aiding patients who are experiencing difficulty breathing or who suffer from respiratory diseases such as asthma or emphysema. In addition, a respiratory care practitioner provides diagnostic and rehabilitation services to cardiopulmonary patients. The two-year program leads to an associate of applied science degree. Graduates are qualified to provide respiratory care under the direction of a licensed physician, to patients in acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care centers, physicians’ offices and home care agencies.

    The Respiratory Care Program’s Mission at Baltimore City Community College is to provide an accessible and affordable quality education in Respiratory Care to a diverse student population within Baltimore City and its surrounding areas. The program responds to the changing needs of the health care community by providing the academic, technical, and life skills training needed to produce graduates who are qualified to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care credentialing examinations, become licensed to practice Respiratory Care in Maryland, or any other state in the United States and become successful Respiratory Care Practitioners.

    The Respiratory Care Program’s Vision at Baltimore City Community College is to strive to be the leader in the state of Maryland that produces quality Respiratory Care Practitioners, who will impact future trends in the practice of Respiratory Care and add value to their patients’ lives, their own lives as well and the health care community as a whole.

    The Respiratory Care Program at Baltimore City Community College currently holds a Probationary Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.  Students who graduate from Baltimore City Community College’s Respiratory Care Program are eligible to earn all credentials offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, the field’s credentialing body: Certified Respiratory Therapist, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Therapist - Sleep Disorder Specialist, Registered Respiratory Therapist- Sleep Disorder Specialist, Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist, Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist.

     Job Description

    Upon earning the Certified Respiratory Therapist credential following graduation, most graduates will work in the hospital setting aiding newborns, children or adults who are experiencing difficulty breathing, suffer from respiratory diseases that include pneumonia as well as asthma and emphysema,  or have received serious and significant traumatic injuries. 

    Some recent graduates will work in laboratories that diagnose and assess persons with lung disorders or laboratories that diagnosis persons with sleep disorders.  A few recent graduates will work for companies that provide respiratory care services within a person’s home. After gaining experience, respiratory care practitioners may move leadership positions that include supervision and management.  Other experienced respiratory care practitioners become clinical education within either medical facilities or colleges.

    Career Options and Occupation Outlook

    The 2012 U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics indicated that jobs for respiratory care practitioners will increase by 19% from 2012 to 2022.  This 19% increase exceeds the projected national increase for this time period.

    The respiratory care practitioners who hold these positions will use their skills in:

    • Multiple types of medical facilities
      • Acute Care hospitals
      • Post-Acute Care hospitals
      • Rehabilitation hospitals
      • Nursing homes
    • Diagnostic laboratories
    • Educational facilities
    • Private companies

     Skills Needed    

    A successful and effective respiratory care practitioner must possess the desire to help others using a skill and knowledge set that includes:

    • Critical thinking skills
    • Sound knowledge base in mathematics and sciences that the practitioner applies in clinical settings
    • Ability to both
      • Act independently in some situations
      • Act within a team in many situations
    • Ability to communicate effectively
    • Comfort working in a job that generally includes a broad spectrum of patients/day