The 22-month Respiratory Care Technology Program at the Community College of Philadelphia prepares students as advanced practicioners in respiratory care technology. They may be employed by hospitals, nursing facilities, or visiting health care services, and in the Philadelphia region, may earn approximately $30 per hour. Since 1969, the program has graduated 766 students and currently enjoys a 100 percent pass rate at the Certified Respiratory Therapist level, compared to a national pass rate of 73 percent. Students must pass all level Board exams offered through the National Board for Respiratory Care before obtaining a professional license to practice as a respiratory therapist in Pennsylvania. According to professor Frank Alsis, Ed.D., Respiratory Care Technology’s affordability and compressed schedule contribute to its popularity.Upon completion,graduates can sit for all credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Preparing at the College for a career in respiratory care technology, students learn diagnostic and therapeutic procedures applicable to pulmonary care. “I venture to say you can’t go into a single hospital in Philadelphia and not find at least one graduate of our program,”Alsis adds. The College partners with Einstein Medical Network for the clinical portion of a student’s education.Teresa Vizak, Director of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Diagnostics at Einstein,affirms that “Community College of Philadelphia has a proven approach to preparing students to become practicing registered respiratory therapists. We work together to ensure that the classroom education connects to the clinical application. The success of this affiliation is evident in the student’s ability to move from new graduate to advanced practitioner.” Vizak adds that, “as the Director of a Respiratory Care Department, hiring new graduates who are well prepared, is key to building a successful department. We look forward to many more years in partnership building a strong profession of respiratory care practitioners.” CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH THE WORKFORCE