Applications being accepted for SWC’s respiratory care program

The Southwest Campus of Pueblo Community College is now accepting applications through May 1 for its accredited Respiratory Care Practitioner program.

The certificate and two-year associate of applied science degree programs prepare students to work in the diagnosis, therapy, management and prevention of diseases associated with cardiopulmonary illness.

Respiratory therapists work mainly in hospitals but also in homecare, neonatal nursery, diagnostic testing and flight-for-life settings. Respiratory Care also is an excellent alternative career choice for students who have not been admitted to first- or second-year nursing programs, and clinical sites are available at the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M.

Durango’s Mercy Medical Center and the San Juan Regional Medical Center provide many jobs in this region, but hospitals and other health sites throughout both the Southwest region and Colorado also have a need for these trained therapists.

Respiratory therapy is a growth industry expected to expand 19 percent through 2016 because of the aging population, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It lists the average salary potential with persons having two years of program education at $47,420.

For more information about the program, call Lisa Barrett at PCC’s Southwest Campus in Durango at 247-2929 or Delia Lechtenburg at (719) 549-3266. The Durango Campus is located at 701 Camino del Rio, Suite 201 in the Commons Building.