RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROGRAM IN AURORA, CO
Process for Applying to the Respiratory Therapy Program fall 2020
The fully accredited Associates of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy is conducted in collaboration with Community College of Aurora (CCA).
- Students must enroll as a Respiratory Therapy student at CCA. For information contact the advising department: 303-360-4700, option 3, https://www.ccaurora.edu/getting-started/advising.
- General education courses must be taken at or evaluated for credit by CCA prior to enrollment at Pickens Technical College. Please note CCA does have a 15 credit minimum requirement for the general education courses (enrollment in pre-requisite course work does not guarantee enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy Program)
- MAT 107 Career Mathematics (MAT 121 preferred)
- ENG 121 English Composition
- PSY 101 General Psychology
- CHE 101 Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab
- BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
- BIO 204 Microbiology
- Completion of BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I with a passing grade (C or higher) before enrollment at Pickens Technical College
- Schedule an interview with Pickens Technical College Respiratory Therapy Program Director, Jamie Bear, firstname.lastname@example.org, (720) 502-8544 ext 27782 before MARCH 27th, 2020 for fall admission
- Personal interview will consist of unofficial transcript review, knowledge of and motivation to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with program faculty (this is a selective process).
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 2019
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.