Lakeland's respiratory therapy program was recently presented with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award, for consistently meeting the requirements of its accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). This recognition was based on objective criteria used for key accreditation metrics, including a consistent pass rate of 90% or higher on the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) national exam, as it was evaluated over a three-year period.

Welcome to Lakeland Community College's department of respiratory therapy.

The goal of the respiratory therapist 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 (RRTs).

Respiratory care is a rapidly growing licensed healthcare field. Respiratory therapists work in a variety of clinical settings treating patients with heart and lung diseases. Therapists work as members of the healthcare team assessing patient status, administering respiratory medications, drawing and analyzing blood samples, and working with various types of life support equipment.

Some of Lakeland's respiratory therapist program graduates have pursued the following career paths: cardiac and pulmonary stress testing in outpatient laboratories and in-hospital laboratories - intensive care: neonatal/pediatric, medical/surgical - respiratory care in area hospitals, subacute care facilities, and long term care facilities - medical school - nurse anesthetist - transport/emergency care team members - medical law - supervisory/management/administration - sales/marketing - clinical education - polysomnography (sleep study technician) - pulmonary rehabilitation - home care - vascular lab technology - organ transplant team members - pharmaceuticals - nurse practitioner - physicians assistant.


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