Take an in-person tour! Visit with us personally to see first-hand the learning opportunities in Respiratory Care at Midlands Technical College. To schedule an appointment, call us at (803) 822-3432 or 3437 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some additional items to consider so that you can give yourself the best opportunity to succeed in the program:
Plan to study at home as well as at school. Most students average two to four
hours of study a day. The time you spend depends upon how fast you read and how
quickly you comprehend what you are reading.
Attending class is the first requirement for success. More than two absences
per semester will negatively effect your grade. The Respiratory Care classes
meet Monday through Friday. Classroom times vary each semester and class. There
will be no evening classes, but Clinical times may vary according to available
clinical experiences. Punctuality is expected. If you are to be absent, you must
contact your instructor by telephone. The usual school holidays are observed as
noted in the MTC school calendar.
We are very lucky that clinical sites are close to the school and located in
Columbia and Lexington County. You will attend all clinical sites at sometime in
you program of study. You must arrange your individual transportation to the
clinical experiences. At times carpooling will be convenient and at times it
will be impossible. The clinics generally begin at 6:40 a.m. Sometimes the
clinical experiences will end at 2:30 p.m. and sometimes later. Be sure to make
timely and adequate child care arrangements that will enable you to arrive at
the clinical site on time and complete the scheduled clinical shift. If you are
to be absent on your assigned date, you must notify the facility and the
clinical director of your absence prior to that shift starting.
Graduates of the Respiratory Care program are eligible to take license and
credential exams (entry level and advance practice registry) given by the
National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). While you are a student, it may be
possible to begin working in area hospitals on a part-time basis.
The support of your family will be necessary for you to complete school. There
are times of discouragement when one is working hard and striving toward any
goal, and the support of your family at these times is a necessity for your
mental health and well-being. You will also need more concrete help. If you must
spend two to four hours studying each evening, someone will have to help you
with the usual chores of family life (laundry, cooking, grocery shopping,
childcare, etc.) Talk with your family before you begin school and make
decisions in these areas.
Due to the intensity of study in the Respiratory Care program, we do not
recommend working more than a maximum of 16 hours per week while in school. Our
experience has proven that students who work more than 16 hours per week have
trouble keeping their grades at a passing level and difficulty passing the
This is a dynamic profession that has much to offer and many employment opportunities, but first you must train, learn and graduate.