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Respiratory Therapy Program in Aurora, CO

The fully accredited Associates of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy is conducted in collaboration with Community College of Aurora (CCA).

THE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENT MUST BE COMPLETED (or evaluated) AT CCA PRIOR TO ENROLLING AT PICKENS.

When completing the general education component, students must enroll as a Respiratory Therapy student at CCA.
For information contact the CCA Advising Department: 303-360-4700, option 3 https://www.ccaurora.edu/getting-started/advising.


Please note CCA has a 15 credit minimum requirement for general education courses.
Enrollment in prerequisite 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

For Fall Admission, please schedule an interview BETWEEN JANUARY 14 and APRIL 20, 2020 with Pickens Technical College Respiratory Therapy Program Director:

Jamie Bear jlbear@aurorak12.org
(720) 502-8544 ext 27782

Personal interview will consist of reviewing the unofficial transcript, and a conversation with program faculty around knowledge of and motivation to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). This is a selective process.


Students are instructed in the basic Sciences, Cardiopulmonary Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Mechanical Ventilation and are provided clinical experience. The student will be RRT eligible after completion of both the Community College and Pickens Technical College components. Program graduates 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: AAS in RESPIRATORY THERAPY

Program graduates also have the opportunity to continue their education at other institutions to earn their Bachelor degrees:
AAS to BS with Metro State University
AAS to BAS in RESPIRATORY THERAPY

Please click on the links below to learn more about the RT Program.
DOWNLOAD PROGRAM FLYER

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

READ ABOUT THE BACKGROUND CHECK MODIFICATION

READ THE PROGRAM OF STUDY

PROGRAMMATIC OUTCOMES DATA

RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROGRAM HANDBOOK

Instructor Jamie Bear

Jamie Bear is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) through the National Board for Respiratory Care. Jamie is the acting RT 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 feels 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. The fact that program graduates have the opportunity to continue their education at Metro State University or Pueblo Community College is a wonderful part of the Respiratory Therapy program at Pickens.

Jamie has worked hard to establish great partnerships with local hospitals to allow students the opportunity to practice their skills in a clinical setting.

YEARS TEACHING: 2005-Present

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: since 1999

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND:
Registered Respiratory Therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado 1999 – 2016 working in all inpatient critical care units.

TEACHING BACKGROUND:
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. At Children’s Hospital, Jackie worked in all areas of Respiratory Therapy including the intensive care unit. Jackie loves being part of a multi-disciplinary team that is helping patients live a better life.

Prior to moving to Colorado, Jackie taught Health Education to both High School and Middle School students 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 feels 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 or Pueblo Community College.

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.

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