Respiratory Therapy Degree
The A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy is designed for students who
wish to become respiratory therapists, offering emergency and immediate
relief to patients who have trouble breathing, including
from chronic respiratory disease such as asthma or emphysema, a
blocked passageway or other life-threatening experiences such as
heart attacks, drowning or shock. It is a health care specialty that
focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation
of patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary
disorders. Specialty areas include working with newborn infants,
children, transport teams, rehabilitation, research, education and
management. Graduation from this program
ensures eligibility to take national certification and registry exams
by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The Entry-Level Certification
Exam by the NBRC is required for Oklahoma Licensure
for new graduates. Once the student has passed the NBRC exam they may apply for a state license in any of the 50 states according to that specific state's guidelines. It is recommended to review the state guidelines for the state in which you desire to practice.
Eastern is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Program data will be made available at www.coarc.com.
1248 Harwood Road
CoARC Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status includes attrition, job placement and success on the credentialing exam. Eastern's outcomes data will be included in the CoARC report as it becomes available.
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
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The application period for the Respiratory Therapy program is
March 1-May 15. Applications are available online (pdf) or at the McAlester campus. Completed applications
and all requested documents must be returned to the McAlester
campus by May15. All applicants are notified of their admission
status by mid-June and accepted students begin the year one of
respiratory therapy coursework in August. Students in the program must complete courses listed in Program Requirements and Support Related Requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in each course in order to receive the A.A.S. degree. Respiratory Therapy majors may begin their general education and science prerequisites during any semester. Visit the Admission to Respiratory Therapy webpage for more information.
A college degree is an investment in your future. There are many lifelong benefits of a quality education that exceed the initial costs involved. Tuition and fees at Eastern Oklahoma State College are among the lowest in the nation. Plus, Eastern offers a variety of institutional scholarships for students who demonstrate high academic qualifications and financial need. Federal and state financial aid and grant opportunities are also available to help fund your education.
Respiratory Therapy Program Director
Director of Clinical Education
Administrative Assistant to the Health Sciences Division
and Behavioral & Social Sciences Division