Respiratory care gains accreditation for hybrid model

June 18, 2021

Prepare for an in-demand respiratory care career with convenient options from Jackson College!

Jackson College’s Respiratory Care Program recently gained accreditation, from CoARC (Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care), for a hybrid model structure.  This format combines traditional face-to-face classroom and laboratory classes with online learning.  Students will only need to be on campus one day per week for lecture and hands-on laboratory experiences with this accreditation.   Many of the courses will be completed in a virtual learning environment from home with some synchronous (scheduled) virtual lectures.  They will also attend clinicals two days per week during some semesters.  This modification will allow students who need to work full-time while completing the program to be successful.

“We are very excited to offer this format to our students,” said Sarah Parker, Program Director.  “This new platform will allow for a broader student population as the students will only need to be on campus one day per week.  We believe this will help with family/school/work balance.”

Respiratory Care Practitioners (also known as respiratory therapists) work primarily in hospitals and assist in diagnosing and caring for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary problems.  Respiratory therapists operate the life support equipment (or ventilator) and provide care for premature infants, trauma patients, asthmatics, chronic lung patients, heart attack victims, or work for home care companies and many other locations where patients need their expertise such as pulmonary function and rehab clinics.

Respiratory care has been in the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic due to it being a respiratory illness. Respiratory therapists are in demand; graduates who pass their board exams in the past couple of years have enjoyed a 100 percent employment rate.

To learn more about becoming a respiratory therapist, attend a virtual information session. Learn more here.