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AC Touts 100 Percent Pass Rate on Respiratory Care Exam

"Success is a 100-percent pass rate on the national licensure exam, which is just what the latest cohort to graduate from the Respiratory Care Program at Amarillo College recently achieved.

All the students who graduated in August from AC’s two-year program – seven in all – passed the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Exam. By passing the national licensure exam, each now becomes a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and is eligible to enter the workforce in the field.

Successfully passing the exam also qualifies candidates to sit for an examination for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. The CRT and/or RRT credentials are used as the basis for licensure in all 49 states that regulate the practice of respiratory care.

“We’re extremely proud of our students’ success rate on the CRT credentialing exam,” said Valerie Hansen, director of AC’s Respiratory Care Program. “Most of our graduates stay and work in the Texas Panhandle, but we know they are providing the best respiratory health care available no matter where they work.”

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases that inhibit a patient’s breathing. Trained therapists work as part of a team with physicians, nurses and other specialists to provide total care to their patients.

AC’s Respiratory Care Program was established in 1972 and typically serves about 35 students. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, to which licensure pass rates are reported.

For more information about AC’s Respiratory Care Program, please contact Valerie Hansen at (806) 354-6073 or"

-Amarillo College

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