MSSU/FTC Consortium for Respiratory Care Education
Information Guide and Application - 2021
August 2021 - May 2023
Application deadline extended through June 15, 2021
Missouri Southern State University
College of Health Sciences
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Franklin Technology Center
810 S. Wall Joplin, MO 64801 Phone: 417-680-0004Fax: 417-680-0005
Program Coordinator Information
Glenda Pippin, BS, RRT417.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please review the following sections, as they contain important information about the program you are applying for.
2 Year Associate Degree Program
Schedule varies each semester, and with clinicals
Definition of Respiratory Therapy as described by the American Association for Respiratory Care:“Respiratory Therapy is the health care disicpline specializing the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function, health and wellness. Respiratory Therapists are educated, trained and licensed professionals who employ scientific principles to identify, treat and prevent acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system."
Definition of Respiratory Therapy as described by Missouri's Respiratory Care Practice Act 334.800:
A respiratory care practitioner is a person "duly licensed by the board; employed in the practice of respiratory care who has the knowledge and skill necessary to administer respiratory care as defined in this section; who is able to function in situations of unsupervised patient contact requiring individual judgment; and who is capable of service as a resource to the physician in relation to the technical aspects of respiratory care as to safe and effective methods for administering respiratory care modalities."
Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs, RTs) work in hospitals, physician's offices, home health agencies, specialized care hospitals, medical home care equipment supply companies, and nursing homes. Respiratory practitioners use the application of scientific principles for the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic cardiopulmonary disorders. A practitioner also reviews data of patients, collects additional data, and helps develop a care plan to determine the appropriateness of the current therapy. The RCP administers medical gases, humidification and aerosols, aerosol medication, postural drainage, bronchopulmonary hygiene, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, monitors mechanically ventilated patients, maintains artificial airways, performs pulmonary function testing, collects specimens of blood or other materials, and documents necessary information in the patient's medical record accurately. The practitioner must be able to communicate effectively to other members of the healthcare team as well as be able to problem solve to identify and correct malfunctions of respiratory equipment. Therapists must be able to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skill to work productively with patients, families, staff, and co-workers. They must accept directives and maintain confidentiality, and uphold the the standards of professional and ethical standards of the profession. There are more than 100,000 respiratory care practitioners in the United States.
Typically, respiratory care practitioners perform procedures that are both diagnostic and therapeutic. Some of the physical activities include:
Lifting up to 50 pounds to assist moving patients/shapes and equipment
Stooping to adjust patients or equipment
Kneeling to perform CPR or other duties
Reaching 5 feet above the floor to attach respiratory devices to outlets
Grasping laryngoscopes, endotracheal tubes, or syringes
Standing for long periods of time
Feeling to palpate pulses, skin temperature, etc.
Pushing/pulling large equipment
Walking for extended periods of time
Hearing verbal directions, alarms, or through a stethoscope
Talking to patients, co-workers, etc.
Mental/Attitudinal Standards for Respiratory Care Practitioners
--Function safely, effectively and calmly under stress
--Manage multiple tasks simultaneously
--Exhibit social skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, families, and co-workers
--Communicate with patients, families, and co-workers using respect, politeness, and tact
--Maintain personal hygiene consistent with professionals in close contact with patients.
Approval and Accreditation:
The Missouri Southern State University Consortium for Respiratory Care Education (Consortium) was organized in 1997 at the request of its interested communities – Franklin Technology Center and Missouri Southern State University. An entry-level respiratory care program was organized in July 1994 through Franklin Technical School (now Franklin Technology Center). The creation of an advanced level program was established in October 1996 through Missouri Southern State University. Combination of the two programs resulted in the current Associate of Science Degree Program. This collaboration celebrates more than twenty years of service to the surrounding community through the creation of highly skilled respiratory therapists. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), Franklin Technology Center is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education (COE) and MSSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The goal of the program is to prepare students for the NBRC RRT Credentialing exam, which is scheduled upon successful completion of the program. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the credentialing exam; however, earning the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential does not guarantee a student can obtain state licensure to practice. The Missouri Board for Respiratory Care states,
"1. The board may refuse to issue or renew any certificate of registration or authority,
permit or license required pursuant to section 334.800 to 334.930 for one or any
combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section. The board shall notify
the applicant in writing of the reasons for refusal and shall advise the applicant of his
or her right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as
provided by chapter 621."
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Curriculum Plan: The MSSU/FTC Consortium for Respiratory Care Education is an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. The degree is conferred by Missouri Southern State University. Students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program are dual enrolled with both Franklin Technology Center and Missouri Southern State University. The program is a 2-year (4 semesters) curriculum beginning in the fall semester each year and follows the Missouri Southern academic calendar. Attendance is monitored closely as success is directly related to the students' participation.
Quality classroom instruction is combined with sound clinical and laboratory experiences in the content areas of Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Diagnostics, Mechanical Ventilation, Neonatal and Pediatrics, Alternate Site Care, Cardiopulmonary Sciences, and Cardiopulmonary Assessment.
Admission Criteria: Completion of an application with $25 fee submitted, official high school and/or college transcripts with minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the TEAS entrance exam with a minimum total score of 47, and interview with program faculty. Upon acceptance to the program, students must submit a background check, participate in a drug screening at a time determined by the program director, and provide immunization records.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL test of English proficiency and obtain a minimum score of 520 (paper test) or 68 (internet based), or take the Michigan Test and obtain a minimum score 85. Non-English speaking applicants must meet the same general admission requirements as all others applying for the Respiratory Therapy Program. Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements for testing.
Advanced Placement: The MSSU/FTC Consortium for Respiratory Care Education does not offer advanced placement admission for students who have previously completed respiratory coursework at other institutions. Students who have taken previous respiratory care coursework must start this program at the beginning and progress through all courses with a "C" or better.
Additional Admission Requirements: Once accepted into the program, the applicant must provide documentation for required immunizations and health screenings (Hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, Influenza and TB skin test or chest x-ray). Applicants must obtain current BLS Training from the American Heart Association. In addition, the applicant must present with a negative drug screen and an acceptable criminal background check and caregiver background screening.
Student Services: A variety of student services are available to Respiratory Therapy students including Financial Aid assistance, Career Services, and Student Success services.
Tuition Withdrawal Policy: Respiratory Therapy students are subject to the MSSU Tuition and Incidental Charges Policies, and the Refund Policy in the course catalog, located at https://catalog.mssu.edu/index.php?catoid=12
Nondiscrimination Policy: Franklin Technology Center and Missouri Southern State University endorses and practices the principle of equal education and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, age or non-job related handicap or disability in the education programs, services or activities it operates.
COMPETENCIES AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Students who wish to qualify for admission and progression in the practical nursing program must meet both academic and performance requirements.
Academic requirements are described in the student handbook policies. In addition, the student must satisfy performance standards. These performance standards include motor skills, physical stamina, mobility, hearing, visual tactile, reading, arithmetic competence, emotional stability, analytical thinking, interpersonal skills, and communication skills.
Students must satisfy the following competencies and performance standards:
Motor skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
• Examples: Positioning patients; obtaining and processing specimens, calibrating and properly using equipment; drawing blood; use a computer; twist or squeeze with fingers; stand and maintain balance; reach and bend; move within confined spaces.
Physical strength and endurance: Physical stamina sufficient to perform full range of required patient care activities for entire length of work role.
• Examples: Sustain repetitive movements; maintain physical tolerance; lift; push and pull; support 25 pounds; move heavy objects weighing 10-50 pounds; carry equipment; use upper body strength.
Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
• Examples: Twist, bend, stoop/squat, move quickly, climb and walk.
Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in providing care in a timely manner.
• Examples: Ability to detect auditory alarms, cries for help, and auscultatory sounds; ability to hear in situations when not able to see lips of speaker; ability to hear sounds of a normal or faint volume level.
Visual: Ability sufficient for accurate observation and assessment necessary for patient care.
• Examples: Read graphs, scales, computer screens, oscilloscopes, or microscopes; distinguish colors and intensity; prepare and administer medications; observe patient responses.
Tactile: Ability sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment of health care needs.
• Examples: Perform palpation; detect heat and cold; ability to perform functions of physical exam and/or those activities related to therapeutic interventions such as catheter insertion.
Reading: Ability to read and understand written documents.
• Examples: Read and understand policies, procedures, patient charts and medication administration records (MARs).
Emotional stability: Able to assume responsibility and accountability for own actions.
• Examples: Establish therapeutic boundaries; provide patients with emotional support; adapt to stress; deal with the unexpected; perform multiple responsibilities concurrently; handle strong emotion.
Analytical thinking: Reasoning skills sufficient to perform deductive/inductive thinking for nursing decisions.
• Examples: Process information; evaluate outcomes; problem-solve; prioritize tasks; use short and long term memory.
Interpersonal skills: Able to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
• Examples: Negotiate interpersonal conflict; respect differences in clients; establish rapport with patients and co-workers; respect the cultural diversity of patients and co-workers.
Communication: Abilities sufficient for interaction with others in both verbal and written English; ability to operate information technology systems.
• Examples: Teach patient and family; explain procedures; give oral reports; interact with others; speak on telephone; influence people; direct activities of others; convey information through writing.
PLEASE REVIEW THE ABOVE COMPETENCIES AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. PLEASE DISCUSS ANY CONCERNS WITH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR OR FACULTY.
Respiratory Care Program Application Procedure
Applications are accepted starting the first week of February through May 1st for the Fall 2021 semester. Only on cohort is chosen each year.
To be eligible for acceptance into the Respiratory Care Program, the applicant must be at least seventeen (17) years of age and have completed the required pre-requisite courses in Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 121 at MSSU), a minimum of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 30 at MSSU), and English Composition I (ENG 101 at MSSU) with a minimum "C" or better in each course, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. For those transferring to MSSU, courses must be equivalent to the required pre-requisites.
STEP 1: Complete the Application
Submit this online application and pay the $25 application fee (link available later in the application).
*application for admission to MSSU must be processed in addition to the program application
STEP 2: Take the TEAS and Submit Score Report
Individuals applying for the Respiratory Care Program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). You will be tested in the areas of Math, Science, Reading Comprehension, and English Composition. After you take the test, you must submit your score report to the Respiratory Care Department. Eligible applicants must earn a total score of at least 47 on the TEAS. Test reports must be no older than 9 months at the time of application.
Testing is arranged by the Missouri Southern Testing Services Office. You will be required to pay the testing fee of $70 (separate from the application fee) prior to your scheduled test date. A payment receipt must be presented to the Testing Center.
MSSU Testing Services Contact Information:
Webster Hall, Room 118
Reception Desk: 417.625.9577
STEP 3: Verify Application is Complete
Once you have completed the previous steps, contact the Respiratory Care Department to verify if you have completed all requirements. You can call the department at 417-625-9848 or email Sherry Whiteman at email@example.com
*Transfer students must submit an official transcript from other colleges/universities
STEP 4: Information Gathering Interview
Applicants who complete the application, provide all necessary documents, and whose TEAS is above 47 will be contacted and scheduled for an interview with program faculty.
STEP 5: Notification Letter
Students who complete the information gathering interview will be notified of their acceptance, denial, or conditional acceptance into the program via e-mail. Applicants chosen for acceptance or conditional acceptance must sign and return the letter by the due date (established within the letter) or the position may be offered ot another applicant.
STEP 6: Drug Screen and Background Check
Applicants selected into the Respiratory Care Program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug screen on a date chosen by the program director. Additional fees apply and are payable at the time of screening.
MSSU/FTC CONSORTIUM FOR
Respiratory Care Education
Beginning date: August 2021 ~ Ending Date: May 2023
Schedule of Fees (Estimated) - 2021
Non-Refundable Application Fee of $25.00 is required prior to consideration for entrance into the program.
Fees Charged to MSSU Student Account:
MSSU Tuition (MO Resident per credit hour): $248.73
Textbook Rental Fee (per credit hour): $14
Purchase Books (estimated): $830
Laboratory Kit (estimated): $130
Special Course Fees:
Clinical Liability Insurance (1st and 3rd semester): $17.50
National Exam Review Course: $325
Self Assessment Exams: $50
1st Semester: $1,080
2nd Semester: $1,627
3rd Semester: $766
National Board Exam (TMC Exam): $190
National Board Exam (CSE): $200
Student Out of Pocket Expense:
Program Application Fee: $25
Background Check & Drug Screen: $75
Uniform - scrubs, shoes, equipment: $135
Respiratory Conference Fees (registration and lodging): $300
AARC Membership (per year); $25
Required Immunizations: **Variable**
**Cost for immunizations varies based on individual immunization record documentation**
Certification Cards (ACLS, PALS, NRP, BLS): $50
Replacement Lion ID Card Fee (if needed): $10
ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. MSSU AND FTC RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ADD OR CHANGE FEES WITHOUT NOTICE.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND DRUG TESTING POLICY
The Respiratory Care program adheres to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Students accepted into the program are required to follow the drug screening policy as stated below:
1. Use or suspected use of intoxicants or controlled substance and/or unlawful possession of any illegal or controlled substance during school or clinical hours or during any school related/sponsored activity shall subject a student to dismissal from the program. The student must submit to a drug or alcohol screen according to faculty instruction and within the time frame directed by the same. If the student refuses to complete a drug or alcohol screen, the student will be assumed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Failure to comply with required testing will result in dismissal from the program. Not providing a specimen within a timely manner, or submitting an altered, diluted or substituted specimen will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
2. The Respiratory Care program reserves the right to perform unscheduled or random drug screens in order to comply with clinical site requirements and assure that students are not under the influence of intoxicants or illegal or controlled substances.
All offers of acceptance into the Respiratory Care program are made as conditional offers. The conditions include a satisfactory background check and negative drug screen. Acceptance into the program will be denied if there is refusal to read and sign the drug screen consent form, if an applicant is found in possession of specimen altering devices if applicant is unable to provide a specimen in a timely manner, or for submitting an altered/substituted specimen.
To ensure compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, students will be tested as a condition of admission to the Respiratory Care program, upon reasonable suspicion, and post-accident or post-injury as directed by the Director of Clinical Education or clinical facilities. (See FTC and Respiratory Care Student Handbooks for additional information.)
Students must abide by the terms of the above policy and must report any conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring on or off College premises. A conviction must be reported within five (5) days after the conviction. Students convicted of involvement in a criminal drug offense will be dismissed from the respiratory program.
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As a part of the final steps in the selection process, Respiratory Care applicants will be required to submit to a drug screening.
*Franklin Technology Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Missouri Relay Services at 711.
To complete the application, you must pay an application fee of $25. Use the link below to pay the fee.
MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JOPLIN DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, SEX, DISABILITY OR VETERAN STATUS, NOR WITH ANY PROVISIONS FOR THE “AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT” OF THE APPLICANT (SECTION IV).
If accepted as a student, I give MSSU/FTC permission to release a copy of my school records to inquiries such as employment for educational purposes, according to the Family Educational and Privacy Act of 1974. In connection with my application with the school, I understand that a consumer report, which may contain public record information, is being requested. This report may include the following types of information: Names and dates of previous employers, credit information, etc. I further understand that such report may contain public record information concerning my credit, bankruptcy proceeding, and etc. from federal, state and other agencies that maintain such records.
I authorize, without reservation, any party or agency contacted to furnish the above-mentioned information.I certify that the information provided on this application is correct to the best of my knowledge and that I am at least 17 years of age. Falsification of any part of this application may be grounds for dismissal from MSSU/FTC.
NOTICE OF CONFIDENTIALITY:
Franklin Technology Center receives funds under certain programs of the US Dept of Education and is required by law to collect social security numbers (SSN) from its students for the administration of those programs. We are also required by law to maintain certain documents in accordance with Missouri’s records retention policies. We do not collect or share personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you and the governmental agencies requiring us to report such information.