College’s Respiratory Therapy students enjoy 100 percent placement rate following graduation.
PITTSBURGH-Community College of
Allegheny County's Respiratory Therapy program will celebrate
National Respiratory Care Week, Oct. 22 to 26, with activities
designed to promote respiratory health. On Tuesday, Oct. 23,
students at Allegheny Campus will staff informational tables in the
Milton Hall Rotunda as well as in the Foerster Student Services
Center, outside of the cafeteria, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. About
30 students will perform simple diagnostic procedures for fellow
students, faculty and staff while educating participants about the
profession. Information about the program and the application
process will also be available to interested individuals.
Whether it's neonatal pediatrics,
geriatrics, emergency care, pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care,
home care, sleep or another specialty, the role of a respiratory
therapist is to restore and improve lung heath to patients' lives.
The profession is ideal for individuals who like helping others and
who want an exciting career with good pay and advancement
The Respiratory Therapy Associate of
Science program at CCAC Allegheny Campus boasts a 100 percent
placement rate, according to Richard Laurent, program coordinator,
Respiratory Therapy and department chair, Allied Health. Many of
the students who will graduate in December already have jobs lined
up-and at a starting salary of $24 an hour, their earning potential
is strong. Clinical internships occur in Pittsburgh's world class
medical centers where many graduates are employed. Graduates of the
program also find jobs nationally.
"These students are getting into
this profession at exactly the right time, as the first wave of
professionals is retiring," said Laurent, who graduated
with the first cohort of the CCAC Respiratory Therapy program in
the 1970s. "Right now, they can practically choose wherever
they want to work. The fact we have such a great medical community,
with an increasing number of facilities in the region, is an asset
to the program."
According to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor & Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is
projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than
the average for all occupations. This is also due to growth in the
middle-aged and elderly populations, which will lead to an
increased incidence of respiratory conditions, such as chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia.
CCAC offers a Respiratory Therapy
day program that starts in the fall, as well as an evening and
weekend program for nontraditional students that begins in May,
with open enrollment all year. The evening program recruits a lot
of individuals who have a degree in another field but who are
underemployed or are looking for a career change.
For more information about CCAC's
Respiratory Therapy program, contact Richard Laurent at firstname.lastname@example.org or