Welcome to Northeast! We appreciate your interest in our program. We understand that it can be overwhelming if you are new to the college environment; even if you are currently enrolled or have been here before, it can still be overwhelming. We want to make your experience as positive as possible, so if you have any questions after reading through this, please feel free to contact us.
The Respiratory Care Technology Program offers a basic two-year associate degree program of study. Students are trained to perform clinical tasks included in the Respiratory Therapist’s job description and in many instances fill staff and supervisory positions in the hospital environment. Students are also trained to perform clinical tasks included in the advanced practitioner job description.
Students will follow a 2-year course study designed to integrate the study of basic sciences, respiratory care and applied clinical technique as well as advanced respiratory care courses which include specialized clinical rotations. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. After graduation the student will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). After passing this exam, students are then eligible to take the written and clinical simulation registry examinations also administered by the NBRC.
There are several factors you need to consider before entering the program:
The clinical phase of the Respiratory Care Program is the “heart” of the students’ educational experiences. Under the supervision of the clinical instructor, the student has the opportunity to learn firsthand the internal operation of his or her particular field of study. The student will, furthermore, be able to apply many of the skills of and concepts learned in the classroom to the clinical situation. The combination of theoretical knowledge obtained in the classroom
environment will enable the student to obtain the well-rounded background so urgently needed in our contemporary society.
1. It is necessary that you have transportation to the assigned hospitals. Clinical rotations may include 12-hour, 3pm-11pm shift or other non-traditional hours. Clinical experiences are provided in the hospitals below. Baptist Memorial Hospital – Booneville, MS Baptist Memorial Hospital – New Albany, MS Baptist Memorial Hospital – Oxford, MS Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital – Florence, AL Helen Keller Hospital – Sheffield, AL Jackson-Madison County General Hospital – Jackson, TN Magnolia Hospital – Corinth, MS North Mississippi Medical Center – Iuka, MS & Tupelo, MS Tippah County Hospital – Ripley, MS
2. Due to the complexity of the didactic phases of this course you may have from 3-5 hours of homework nightly. It is important that you commit yourself to studying prior to entering the program.
3. Students enrolled in this program will be strongly urged not to work more than twenty (20) hours a week.
4. No unexcused absences will be accepted for clinical and classroom work.
5. It is the intent of this program to train committed individuals to become caring, competent technicians. Good attendance is a must to accomplish this goal.
Entrance to the Respiratory Care Technology Program is by way of an Admissions Committee. All applicants are scored using a point system based upon objective data including composite ACT, overall GPA, general course completed at NEMCC or transferred, and any medical experience pertinent to the field of Respiratory Care. The committee has the responsibility to screen all qualified applicants for the program who have submitted the required records and credentials prior to the published deadline. Acting upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee, Northeast Mississippi Community College notifies each applicant of the selection or rejection. The standards for admission to the program in respiratory care technology are established by the program director, clinical director, and advisory committee with approval of the college administration.
The following are standards for admission to the program:
1. Completed application to Northeast.
2. Completed separate application to the Respiratory Care Program. (Deadline is usually May 1st.)
3. High school transcript or G.E.D. equivalency.
4. ACT score of 17 on the enhanced ACT.
5. Students who have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours or credit with a 2.0 or higher grade point average will be considered if the ACT score is less than 17.
6. Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 2514 and BIO 2524), Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1233) or College Algebra (MAT 1313)
7. Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.
8. Interview to be scheduled with the program director and clinical director of respiratory care.
9. “No disqualifying events” from Criminal Background Check (Fingerprinting)
10. Health examination completed by a physician or nurse practitioner (This is required after admission to the program is granted).
Each applicant must meet all of the above criteria and is rated using a rating scale. Admission to the program will be finalized by an admission committee. Once accepted into the program, the student must earn a grade of “C” or better in each respiratory care course and related studies in order to progress in the program.