Respiratory Care Practitioner
INTERVIEW AND SKILLS WORKSHOP MAY 17, KAUILA 217 9A-1P
Applicants for admission this year are invited to attend a workshop to prepare for the interviews scheduled June 14. Learn how to prepare for the interviews and some demonstration of basic interview dos and don'ts. Also, get some hands-on experience with some of the skills and equipment that Respiratory Therapists may be expected to perform on the job. Recommended for qualified applicants for the program.
Interviews for qualified applicants will be conducted on June 14 from 8A-1P. Qualified applicants to the program will be directed to schedule interview times in the first week of June.
Respiratory Care is a physician-directed health science specialty, caring for patients with disorders of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Respiratory care practitioners (RCP's) work in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes; they also provide home care.
Graduates of the RESP program are eligible to take the Entry-Level Examination of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and earn the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential. CRTs are eligible to take the Advanced-Practitioner Examinations of the NBRC and, upon satisfactory completion, receive the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. The CRT credential is required in approximately 45 states for eligibility for a license to work as an RCP; a license issued by the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is required in Hawaii.
Aptitudes and interests expected of RCPs include an interest in health care and helping people. Personableness, compassion, sensitivity, problem-solving skills, and manual dexterity as well as the ability to follow instructions and to work neatly and accurately are equally important.
The Respiratory Care Practitioner Program
The Respiratory Care Program at Kapiolani Community College is a two-year Associate in Science degree program that combines classroom learning and laboratory exercises with supervised clinical practice at affiliated hospitals. Approximately two semesters of prerequisite course-work must be completed, at any accredited institution, prior to admission to the program.