The Respiratory Care program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC) has reached a new milestone. For the fourth consecutive year, all eight graduates from the Whitesburg Campus passed the National Board of Respiratory Care Examinations on their first try, a feat that both educators and health industry professionals agree is a remarkable undertaking.
“This group of students was so determined that they scheduled and passed their boards within one week of graduation,” says SKCTC Clinical Education Director Delilah Turner. “I think that is pretty amazing.”
These examinations, which measure the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities students must have to work as respiratory therapists, is known to be a challenge. However, Respiratory Care Coordinator Wendy Wright had no doubt her students would be successful.
“ This group was very focused and dedicated to their studies, making our job as educators easy,” says Wright. “They were heavily recruited prior to graduation, and most had job offers and were working by mid-May.”
SKCTC’s Respiratory Care program prepares students to become practitioners who evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Students in the program complete a comprehensive curriculum in patient assessment, treatment, disease management, diagnostic evaluation, and the care of patients with lung or heart problems.
For more information about the Whitesburg Campus Respiratory Care program, contact Wendy Wright at (606) 589-3311.