Pearl River Community College

Respiratory Care Practitioner

The respiratory care practitioner is an allied health professional employed in the treatment, management, control and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the respiratory system.

The practitioner serves as a consultant to the physician in the treatment and managment of cardio-pulmonary abnormalities and works with nurses in coordinating and implementing an overall patient care strategy.

Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes and other health care settings.

The Respiratory Care Technology Program is offered on the Forrest County Center, Hattiesburg, MS.  Completion of the PRCC respiratory care technology program earns the student the Associate in Applied Science degree.

The PRCC Respiratory Care Technology Program is accredited by:
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244

Financial aid

PRCC offers a wide variety of financial assistance programs, from federal, state, college, and private sources. The Financial Aid booklet includes information, application deadlines, and information about the different types of assistance available at PRCC.

The financial aid office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday; 601-554-5502 for the Forrest County Center and 601-403-1029 for the Poplarville campus.

Application deadline is May 1.

Pre-requisite Course Requirements *

Minimum 2.5 GPA required
BIO 1513 or 2513 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 1511 or 2511 A&P I lab
BIO 1523 or 2523 A&P II
BIO 1521 or 2521 A&P II lab
MAT 1313 College Algebra
ENG 1113 English Composition I
SPT 1113 Oral Communication
Behavioral/Social Science Elective (General psychology or sociology)
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective(Any foreign language, world literature, English composition II or music or art appreciation)
* Highly recommend: Medical terminology elective and microbiology with lab


Freshman Fall Semester

RCT 1223 Patient Assessment
RCT 1214 Respiratory Care Science
RCT 1313 Cardiopulmonary A&P
RCT 1416 Respiratory Care Tech I

Freshman Spring Semester

RCT 1613 Pharmacology
RCT 1515 Clinical I
RCT 2333 Cardiopulmonary Pathology
RCT 1424 Respiratory Care Tech II
RCT 1322 Pulmonary Functions

Sophomore Summer Semester

RCT 2613 Neonatal/Pediatrics
RCT 2434 Respiratory Care Tech III
RCT 1523 Clinical II

Sophomore Fall Semester

RCT 2534 Clinical III
RCT 2546 Clinical IV
RCT 2713 Respiratory Care Seminar

For more information about Respiratory Care Practitioner, contact Lori Anderson

Pearl River Community College
Forrest County Center
5448 U.S. Highway 59
Hattiesburg, MS 39401