Admission to the Respiratory Care program requires successful completion of a year of prerequisite coursework prior to admission into the program.
Enrollment is open to all students who meet the general entry requirements to Oregon Institute of Technology. Students will be selected into the professional curriculum based on cumulative grade-point average, cover letter, interview, and non-smoking status. Students are strongly advised to complete all the general education courses in their freshman year curriculum before making application to the professional program.
Selections will be made at the end of the spring term of the Pre-Respiratory Care year. The number of students selected each year will be determined by the availability of clinical sites and other resources, which means that the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of spaces available. When that happens, students with the highest cumulative GPA are the first to be offered a position in the program.
Some courses that a Respiratory Care student at Oregon Tech might take include:
Arterial Blood Gases
Chemistry and classification of acid-base balance including determination of compensation and pathophysiologic causes. Assessment of partial pressures of oxygen, saturation and total oxygen delivery.
Study and evidence-based application of PEEP, CPAP, bi-level ventilation, IPPB, and incentive spirometry. Flutter valve, PEP, high frequency chest wall oscillation and other methods of improving bronchial hygiene and lung volume.
Case-based approach to the understanding, evaluation and treatment of pulmonary disease. Recognition of obstructive and restrictive disease patterns as well as the classification of acid-base and oxygenation disorders. Classification, application and pharmacodynamics of common pulmonary medications are discussed.
Advanced Life Support
Students become certified or recertified in professional life support classes such as Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Neonatal Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support. Clinical simulations and other credentialing exam preparation included.
Degree Completion Program in Respiratory Care
Oregon Tech also offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care for individuals who have passed the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examination and wish to pursue the bachelor's degree. If you are transferring student, your academic credits will be evaluated to determine acceptability of the non-professional coursework and the sequencing of the professional courses. CoARC does not accredit degree completion programs.
Respiratory Care Degree Completion through Oregon Tech Online