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Gwinnett Tech’s Respiratory Care program receives credential award

LAWRENCEVILLE — An honor given to a select group of programs was recently awarded to Gwinnett Technical College’s Respiratory Care program.

It received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. To receive this recognition, the program was required to have three or more years of outcomes data, have earned accreditation, and have students earning a 90 percent or better on their registry exams, contributing to success and positive job placement. For the last four years, Gwinnett Tech students have earned a 100 percent pass rate on their registry exams.

“We are so gratified to have earned this distinction for the third time in as many years. To be recognized with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award underscores the enduring excellence of our program and the shared commitment among faculty and our students to provide outstanding patient care,” Bob DeLorme, program director of the Respiratory Care program, said in a press release.

DeLorme added that faculty members Larry Arnson, Kiley Hodge, Nadya Khoja and Megha Patel provided “exemplary” respiratory care education and training for students.

Gwinnett Tech’s Respiratory Care program, which offers an associate degree, prepares graduates to obtain jobs as respiratory therapists who care for and assist patients that struggle with breathing difficulties. Classes focus on pulmonary and cardiac pharmacology, advanced critical care monitoring, mechanical ventilation, pulmonary function testing and neonatal pediatric respiratory care.

Graduates from the Respiratory Care program may become certified by taking the entry level certification examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. When students finish the certification exam, they’re eligible to take both parts of the registry exams. To work in Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license.