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Advanced Respiratory Therapist Program

Program Director -- Jennifer Schoolfield and Clinical Director -- Wendy Thode

Students in this major will learn about the theory and practice in preparation for the Respiratory Therapist. Respiratory care procedures and the medications used in the treatment of respiratory and cardiac disorders are presented. They will also learn the anatomy and physiology of healthy and diseased cardiopulmonary systems. In addition, students will learn chemistry, physics, biology and microbiology as it relates to respiratory care additionally; the student is provided the opportunity to use the theory in practical clinical experiences. Students may obtain certification as a respiratory care therapist from the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

This career major is designed to prepare students for employment as a Respiratory Therapist. Respiratory Therapists work in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders.

This major is part of an advance standing agreement with Cameron University. Cameron University will offer general education, technical support, and related programs (33 credit hours) and Great Plains Technology Center will provide specialty programs in respiratory care (32 credit hours). Upon successful completion of both components the student will be awarded an Associate Degree in Respiratory Care by Cameron University. Successful degree candidates will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care exam to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist and a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Contact Information

Program Director
Jennifer Schoolfield
jschoolfield@greatplains.edu
580-250-5641

Clinical Director
Wendy Thode
wthode@greatplains.edu
580-250-5573

Medical Director
Aaron Trachte, MD

Bios

Clinical Director - Wendy Thode

Clinical Director - Wendy Thode

Wendy is a graduate from the Respiratory Care Program here at Great Plains Technology Center. She was employed at Comanche County Memorial Hospital and then at Southwestern Medical Center. In February of 1998, she joined the staff as the Clinical Director of the Advanced Respiratory Therapist program. Wendy teaches Pharmacology, Pathology, Medical Terminology and co-teaches Procedures I and II courses. Teaching respiratory is her passion. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and a member of The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) and Oklahoma society for Respiratory Care (OSRC). She is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE.)

 

Program Director - Jennifer Schoolfield

Program Director - Jennifer Schoolfield

Jennifer is a graduate from the Respiratory Care Program here at Great Plains Technology Center. She has worked at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Southwestern Medical Center and Bethania Hospital. Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science in 2007 from Cameron University. She taught in the public school arena for four years before joining the Great Plains staff in 2011 as Program Director of the Advance d Respiratory Therapist program. Jennifer became a Certified Respiratory Therapist in 1993 and a Register Respiratory Therapist in 1998. She teaches Respiratory Care Sciences, Respiratory Core, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology and co-teaches Procedures I and II courses. Jennifer is a member of The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) and the Oklahoma Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC). She is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE.)