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Respiratory Therapist

A Breath Above the Rest
Respiratory Therapist is a dynamic allied health career that offers an exciting and challenging working environment, solid career opportunities, and a real chance to help people of all ages. Respiratory Therapist is a career for today and the future. Come join us!
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301-784-5522
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 105

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What will you learn?
  • Knowledge and skills to treat patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, of all ages, by providing technical, medical and innovation in today’s healthcare setting.
  • Clinical practice
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Pediatrics and neonatology
  • Cardiopulmonary pharmacology
  • Anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system
  • Current trends and respiratory treatments of common cardiopulmonary diseases and health problems
  • Increased communication skills, professional behavior, clinical decision-making and assessment skills
  • Hands-on career training at off-campus clinical sites and in our clinical lab on campus
What will you do?
  • Respiratory Therapists typically enjoy rewarding careers as:
    • Staff Respiratory Therapist
    • Provides care in the intensive care unit (ICU), cardiac care unit (CCU), neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), emergency room and general floor care
    • Home Care
    • Flight Trauma Therapist
    • Respiratory Supervisor/Manager
    • Adult Intensive Care Specialist
    • Neonatal/Pediatric Intensive Care Specialist
    • Pulmonary Function Testing
    • Polysomnography (Sleep Testing)
    • Respiratory Educator
    • Military Service Health Care
  • Specialty Areas
    • CPFT (Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist)
    • RPFT (Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist)
    • ACCS (Adult Critical Care Specialist)
    • NPS (Neonatal Pediatric Specialist)
    • SDS (Sleep Disorder Specialist)

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Program Details

Respiratory Therapists provide treatment for individuals with pulmonary and cardiac conditions.  Therapists work in hospitals, health clinics, physician offices, government facilities and provide care in the home.

As a student in the Respiratory Therapist program at Allegany College of Maryland you will be exposed to a variety of clinical experiences.  Clinical rotations include:  intensive and cardiac care, emergency room care, surgical-operating room procedures, pulmonary function testing, sleep study testing, neonatal/pediatric intensive care and home care.

The program has over 30 clinical affiliates which students have an opportunity to gain experience from. We have established articulation agreements with major medical centers located in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD and Pittsburg, PA. Our program has affiliations with Johns Hopkins Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma and Children's National Medical Center, just to name a few.

The ACM Respiratory Therapist program has an excellent job placement record and most graduates are offered jobs prior to graduation. In addition, the program and faculty work creatively with students to assist them in obtaining clinical rotation experiences at facilities which they are interested in seeking employment upon graduation.

The Respiratory Therapist program at ACM is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).


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Accreditation
We offer a two-year Associates Degree program in Applied Science in Respiratory Care. Our program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the TMC exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

The Respiratory Therapist curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), P. O, Box 54876 Hurst, TX 76054-4876. Programmatic Outcomes Data can be found in their Annual Report of Current Status.  Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Sciences degree and are eligible to write the National Board for Respiratory Care's entry level and registry level examinations.

Admissions Criteria

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Students will apply problem solving and critical thinking skills in all areas of respiratory care.
  • Students will demonstrate the technical skills needed to provide respiratory care accurately and efficiently in laboratory and clinical areas.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the classroom, clinical laboratory, and all areas of the clinical setting.
  • Students will display a professional attitude based on the American Association for Respiratory Care's "Code of Ethics."
Learning Outcomes
  • Upon graduation, the graduate will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as a registry-level respiratory care practitioner (cognitive domain).
  • Upon graduation, graduate will demonstrate the technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill their roles as a registry-level respiratory care practitioner (psychomotor domain).
  • Upon graduation, the graduate will demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as a registry-level respiratory care practitioner (affective domain).

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty and staff are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Respiratory Therapy.

Paula Fuller 
Program Director and Professor

301-784-5522
Allied Health 105

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., Salisbury University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Scott Diehl 
Director of Clinical Education and Instructor

301-784-5524
Allied Health 107

A.A.S, Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., Kaplan University

Beverly Melmed 
Instructor

301-784-5523
Allied Health 106

 A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Kathy Wilson 
Administrative Assistant

301-784-5521
Allied Health 104

 A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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