Assisting physicians in the prevention and treatment of respiratory system diseases and disorders
Key Program Features
LLCC’s 21-month program puts you on the path to an exciting career as a respiratory therapist, providing diagnostic and therapeutic care to patients of all ages. Bedside, in the emergency room or in an ambulance, respiratory therapy practitioners are vital members of the lifesaving team. With a nearly 100 percent job placement record, most graduates have job offers before completing the 21-month program. LLCC’s program is located at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, providing access to direct patient contact, hospital equipment and facilities. Program graduates have the skills to succeed in the workforce in hospitals, medical transport companies, home health, physicians’ offices and sleep labs.
The growth of an aging population is expected to increase the amount of respiratory conditions, thus the need for respiratory therapists is expected to grow 12 percent from 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $58,670 in May 2016.
LLCC offers the following program to successfully equip you for a career in respiratory care. Learn more about the required courses for the program:
Time to completion: 21 months
This program is accredited as an entry-level therapist program through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) program #200481. For inquiries about accreditation, contact CoARC at 817-283-2835.
Class of 2017 Outcomes
Job placement – 100%
CRT Success – 100%
RRT Success – 81% (9 out of 11 grads have attempted the advanced exam)
See the Respiratory Care Program Admission Checklist to review the specific requirements that must be met to enter the applicant pool for the LLCC Respiratory Care program.
Open house information sessions
Mandatory informational sessions are conducted to share information and answer questions regarding the LLCC Respiratory Care program in an open house format. Come learn and tour our program located at HSHS St. John’s Hospital.
The following subjects will be discussed:
- Choosing a career in healthcare
- Admission requirements
- Program requirements
- Clinical requirements
Pre-registration is not required.
Sept. 9, 2020, 4 p.m.
Oct. 21, 2020, 4 p.m.
Nov. 18, 2020, 4 p.m.
(An online information session is also available, please see link below.)
HSHS St. John’s Hospital (Inside the HSHS Neuroscience Center)
421 North Ninth Street
Room 331 (RCP) or Room 319 (NDT)
Springfield, IL 62702
Park in the 9th Street Parking Ramp. Walk towards the Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children’s Center – St. John’s Children’s Hospital. At the end of the covered walk, enter the LLCC Health Professions/HSHS Neuroscience Center building located on the right. (There is a sign at the entrance that reads “Lincoln Land Community College-Health Professions.”) Go up the stairs or through the 2 double-doors and go to the elevators (to your left). Take elevator to 3rd floor. When you get off the elevator-head to your right and follow the sign that reads “Classrooms.”
Online Information Session
If you are unable to attend one of the above sessions or would prefer to participate in the session online, please complete the online information session. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Investment in Your Future
Respiratory care (RCP) courses have a variable tuition rate. For the 2020-2021 academic year (fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021), RCP courses are $266 per credit hour for in-district residents, and all other courses in the program have a standard in-district rate of $133 per credit hour. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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