must meet special entrance requirements and complete a department
application. Students are strongly encouraged to complete
ALL general education courses prior to admission to the program. (See
program prerequisites and courses listed in the degree plan)
students will be accepted on an individual basis.
General Admission Application as required by the Admissions
and Records Office.
Respiratory Care Program Application by May
15 for fall admission. Late applicationa are considered
if space is available.
assessment testing. An ACT composite of 18 is required,
SAT scores of 870. Students who have earned at least 12 credit
semester hours on the Program of Study with a GPA of 2.25 or
greater may have an ACT composite of 16 or SAT score of 780.
(ACT Scores before October 1989 and SAT I scores
before April 1995 will be considered on an individual basis)
Success Initiative Satisfied (Contact Couseling Services for
futher explanation if necessary).
GPA of 2.25 or above on all college hours attempted.
Students with less than a 2.25 GPA will be evaluated on an individual
high school and college transcripts on file in the Admissions
and Records office and Respiratory Care Department.
with Program Coodinator.
CPR/Health Care Provider card must be on file prior to fall
grade of "C" or better in each of the following courses:
ENGL 1301 Rhetoric and Composition
2301 General Psychology or
1301 Introduction to Sociology
2404 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology
1101 Physical Activity
are strongly encouraged to complete all academic
courses prior to acceptance. See suggested degree plan below.)
The program prerequisite courses
are the minimum course requiements for entrance into the program.
Selection criteria are based on completion of ALL academic
courses, which includes BIOL2420-Microbiology, PHE 1101 -
Physical Education, and humanities/fine arts.
applicants who have been accepted must complete a physical examination
prior to enrollment in the program, and submit the following
TB skin test
toxoid (Td) within the last 8 years
vaccination/s or proof of disease
hepatitis B vaccination series or serologic confirmation
of immunity to heptatis B virus (The
hepatitis B vaccination series must be completed (all 3
doses) by September 1)
is the responsibility of the applicant to furnish all necessary
documentation to the Respiratory Care Department (including
the interview) by May 15.
respiratory care students who received a certificate from The
Victoria College and are currently registered therapists may
receive equivalency credit toward an A.A.S. degree. See Program
Coordinator for specific procedure.
courses taken more than five years ago will be evaluated on
an individual basis and may have to be repeated.
is strongly recommended that students possess basic computer
literacy skills upon admission to the program. Suggested computer
courses include: COSC 1300, ITSC 1309, or HITT 1211.
clinical agencies may require criminal background checks prior
to clinical learning experiences; students who do not have clear
criminal background checks may not be able to meet all course
should be noted that as a Respiratory Therapist you must be
able to walk at a fast pace, climb stairs rapidly, have good
peripheral vision, and lift objects weighing over 25 pounds.
Applicants must meet all Technical Standards. (See Technical
The Respiratory Care Program
at The Victoria College is designed to prepare students for careers
in respiratory care. The Program has a clinical component
which is designed to simulate actual clinical work as a respiratory
therapist. Students will be expected to have the skills and
abilities to meet the standards described below, with or without
reasonable accommodations or modifications.
Lift over 25 pounds
Frequent or prolonged
bending, kneeling, crouching
Lifts supplies and
pushes and/or transfers patients
|Motor Skills (Fine and
motor tasks simultaneously.
Fine and gross
motor skills sufficient to handle equipment and provide
safe and effective patient care.
Steady arm and
hand movements while manipulating objects or assisting patients.
Operate and manipulate
equipment, blood collection devices, and several items at
suction patients, and adjust pressure gauges.
Lift and transport
oxygen cylinders, and move in and out of treatment areas.
sufficient to assess patient's response to therapy.
textures, degrees of firmness, temperature differences,
and pulse rate
to monitor and assess patient and equipment function and
to provide safe and effective respiratory care.
(able to see clearly at 20 inches or less
Far acuity (able
to see clearly at 20 feet or more)
Field of vision
(able to see peripherally)
(able to judge distance)
(able to distinguish and identify different colors)
Read fine print,
monitors, and gauges.
color/character of sputum for signs/nature of infection
Chart procedures and
observations in a permanent medical record.
to hear and understand patients and staff
Hear faint body
and interact with patients and families.
and interact with other health care personnel.
Hear heart and
explain ideas to others.
1301 Rhetoric & Composition
1302 Composition, Research, Literature (or other Humanity/Fine
2404 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology*
2301 General Psychology or SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
1321 Business and Professional Speaking
1101 Physical Activity (Any)
1305 Medical Terminology
1301 Microcomputer Applications
1101 Physical Activity (Any)
*If you plan to pursue
a bachelor's degree in respiratory care, continue on a career path
to become a physician's assistant, or plan to apply to medical school,
you will need to take BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 instead of BIOL 2404.
#These courses are not part
of the degree plan but are highly recommended.
for the Respiratory Care Program must meet special entrance requirements
and complete a departmental application form in addition to the
general Victoria College application for admission and general admission
applicants should contact the Program Director for additional information.
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