Process for applying to the Respiratory Therapy Program Fall 2018
Registration for Fall 2018 is now closed. Please contact the faculty after August 1 st for fall 2019 openings.
For more information contact Jackie Holland, firstname.lastname@example.org, (720) 502-8544 ext 27924 or Lora Mendez, email@example.com (720) 502-8544 ext 27757, or the advising department at Community College of Aurora, 303-360-4700, option 3, https://www.ccaurora.edu/getting-started/advising.
Please note, general education course transcripts from other colleges must be evaluated for credit by Community College of Aurora prior to entrance, CCA grants the AAS in Respiratory Therapy.
The Respiratory Care Practitioner Program is designed to train registered therapists in the care of patients with respiratory problems.
Students are instructed in the basic sciences, cardiopulmonary physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, mechanical ventilation and provided clinical experience. The student will be RRT eligible after completion of both the Community College and Pickens Technical College components. The graduate will be eligible to take the NBRC, Registered Respiratory Therapist Exams (RRT).
Applicants must be physically able to exert up to twenty-five pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Program attendance requires the ability to perceive attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by means of receptors in skin, particularly those in the fingertips. Must have the ability to discriminate and perceive differences in breath sounds and heart tones. Also, must be able to differentiate multiple skin and tissue colors.
Students are required to complete a criminal background check prior to beginning clinical rotations.
Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
The following certificate may be earned:
- A.A.S. in Respiratory Care
Instructor Jamie Bear
Jamie Bear is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) through the National Board for Respiratory Care and acting Program Director.
Jamie has taught at Pickens Technical College for twelve years. She came to Pickens from Children’s Hospital Colorado where she worked in all areas of Respiratory Therapy including intensive care. She has served on the Colorado Society for Respiratory Care Board of Directors since 2008.
Jamie earned her Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Front Range Community College, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from CU Denver and is currently working on her Master’s in Educational Psychology at CU Denver.
Jamie believes that Pickens Technical College is a great opportunity for both educators and students to specialize in an area of their interests and expertise. The students in Respiratory Therapy earn their AAS in Respiratory Therapy from Community College of Aurora and even have the opportunity to continue their education at Metro State University.
YEARS TEACHING: 2005-Present
YEARS IN INDUSTRY: since 1999
Registered Respiratory Therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado 1999 – 2016 working in all inpatient critical care units.
10 years teaching in the Respiratory Therapy Program at Pickens Technical College.
INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND OR DEGREES:
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
Instructor Jackie Holland
Jackie Holland is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) through the National Board of Respiratory Care and acting Director of Clinical Education.
Jackie has taught at Pickens Technical College for 7 years. She came to Pickens from Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital where she was a Neonatal Transport Therapist for Air Life and had worked in all areas of Respiratory Therapy at Children’s Hospital including the intensive care unit. Prior to moving to Colorado, Jackie taught Health Education to both High School and Middle School in Dallas Texas. She has served on the Colorado Society for Respiratory Care board as Secretary.
Jackie earned her Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from PIMA Medical Institute, holds a Bachelor Degree and teaching certification in Health Education from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and is currently working on her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Jackie believes that Pickens Technical College is a great opportunity for both educators and students to specialize in an area of their interests and expertise. The students in Respiratory Therapy earn their AAS in Respiratory Therapy from Community College of Aurora and even have the opportunity to continue their education at Metro State University.
Class of 2018
Pickens Technical College Respiratory Therapy student Coco Wang represents Colorado as Student Delegate at the AARC International Congress in Tucson, AZ. Coco will sit with Delegates from all states to amend laws, share best practices, and network with top leaders in healthcare from around the world.