It will take two years. All courses are taught in sequence and are prerequisites for the subsequent courses.
The director of clinical education assigns the students to hospital rotations. Each semester the students submit requests for clinical placement and the director tries to place the students in a preferred facility. Since all clinical spots must be filled, a student may be assigned to a site not listed among his/her choices.
Yes, you will. Successful completion of the entry-level credentialing examination (Certified Respiratory Therapist) is required in order for you to apply for the license from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
Most students do have some type of employment while they are in the program. Students are encouraged to keep their hours of employment at a level that will allow them to successfully complete the program. Please know that you will not be able to work overnight shifts before your clinical assignment.
Yes. Please visit the Financial Aid office at the college. Also, there are scholarships available through several professional groups. The students must submit applications for these scholarships and, in some cases, write an essay.
CRT is the entry level credential for the field of Respiratory care. Everyone entering the field must become at minimum a certified respiratory therapist. The CRT credential is obtained by passing the TMC (Therapist Multiple Choice) examination following graduation from COD. To become a RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist), students must pass the TMC at the high cut threshold which allows them to sit for the second exam, clinical simulations. Passing the clinical simulation exam will secure the RRT credential.
We require a GPA of 2.75 from general education courses or better on a scale of 4.0.
We have students in our program whose ages range from the late teens to the mid-50s. It depends on the individual.
Although we do recommend that all general education courses are completed prior to application to the program, Math and Science are the only two that must be completed to successfully apply to our program.