The FTCC Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.
FTCC Respiratory Therapy’s CoARC program number is 200259. The current accreditation status can be viewed on the CoARC website at www.coarc.com.
The program’s outcomes data can be found at https://coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/
Program Goals: the FTCC Respiratory Therapy program is designed 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).
A student must complete all pre-requisites and gain competitive points in order to apply for approval to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Once approved for a Health program, students will be provided with information regarding books, uniforms, supplies and equipment, and any additional program requirements.
As part of the competitive admissions process, each student is evaluated based on a point system. The Competitive Points Worksheet (Respiratory In-House Ratings form) outlines the additional 120 departmental points a prospective student can earn.
Estimated Program Costs
Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change. Tuition is established by the State Board of Community Colleges and North Carolina General Assembly and is subject to change without notice.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
Follow contact isolation procedures
Apply appropriate oxygen devices as needed
Perform arterial blood gas draws
Give nebulizer treatments as needed
Perform chest physiotherapy and postural drainage
Insert endotracheal tubes
Initiate, maintain, and discontinue mechanical ventilation
Make appropriate ventilation changes based on laboratory results
Perform bronchial hygiene and lung expansion therapy
Conduct pulmonary function tests
What to expect:
The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to perform the duties of a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). RRT’s are a vital member of the healthcare team whose primary focus is maintaining and/or improving a patient’s respiratory effort.
RRT’s provide oxygen therapy through a variety of devices to include:
Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
RRT’s also perform laboratory tasks such as:
Arterial Blood Gas Draws (ABG’s)
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT’s)
Therapists are found in all areas of the hospital (Emergency departments, ICU’s, general care floors) and work with all age groups.
Graduates of this accredited program must take the Therapist Multiple-Choice exam and minimally pass the entry level scoring (CRT) to apply for a NC license for employment in North Carolina (Other states may vary with requirements). In order to receive the RRT credential a student must pass the both the registry eligible score for the TMC and clinical simulation.
There is opportunity for degree advancement with a Bachelor’s in Science with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy.
The Respiratory Therapy program is designed to meet the educational requirements for the license to practice and Certified Respiratory Therapist and Registered Respiratory Therapist national credentials in North Carolina. Please see the disclosure chart for information regarding license to practice and national credentials in other states.