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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
May 21, 2010
For immediate release

Learn more about health career opportunities in respiratory care

Jackson Community College will host information sessions in May, June, July and August to help interested and prospective students learn more about careers in respiratory care. Learn more at one of the upcoming informational presentations in Bert Walker Hall Room 108, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27, and on Tuesdays, June 15 and July 13, or Thursday, Aug. 26.

JCC’s respiratory care program prepares students for careers helping patients who experience difficulty with their heart or lungs. Respiratory therapists are primary health care providers in the intensive care unit because they operate the life support equipment (or ventilator). They also provide care for premature infants, persons injured in automobile accidents, asthmatics, chronic lung patients and heart attack victims, as well as work for home care companies and in many other locations where patients need their expertise.

Currently there is a shortage of therapists nationwide, said Ann Flint, respiratory care instructor and program coordinator. Respiratory care graduates who have passed their credentialing exams have been entering the job market with starting salaries up to $40,000 a year.

If you would like information on a career as a respiratory therapist, please attend one of the upcoming presentations. With the deadline for applying to the program being Aug. 31, anyone interested may contact Ann Flint at 517.796.8684 during the day or leave a message with the best time to return your call. Also, feel free to look over the program requirements on the web at Respiratory care is a second-admit program, which means students first enroll in classes at the College and complete certain requirements before being admitted to the program.