ENID, Okla. — Respiratory care
Jim Grantz, clinical director for the respiratory care program, said students in the course are taught everything they can be taught about the heart and lungs during the two-year program.
“A lot of things I teach have to do with mechanical ventilation,” Grantz said
Pharmacology, professionalism and customer service also are part of what students learn, Grantz said
Deryl Gulliford, program director for the respiratory care program, said the students learn to assist patients with conditions like asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, black lung disease, pneumonia, congestive heart failure and prematurity.
“Treating premature infants is one of the exciting parts of what we do,” Gulliford said.
U.S. News and World Report lists respiratory care as one of the top health care jobs in America, placing it 13th on the top 100 list.
“What else can you train for in two years that will generate a median salary of $60,000?” Gulliford said.
Graduates of the respiratory care program have found 100 percent employment in the last two years, Grantz said.
The program admits 10 new students per year in a competitive process that includes interviews of potential students.
“It is academically challenging,” Gulliford said. “You do need to be prepared to study. ACT scores make a difference, and high school grades do make a difference.”
Adult and career development health science classes at Autry cover medication aide and continuing education for CMA, emergency medicine, home health care, certified nurse aide training, medical administration, pharmacy technician, basic life support instructor updates, adult and child CPR and first aid.