Respiratory Therapy

This program is designed to prepare students for practice as a respiratory care practitioner. The Associate of Applied Science degree graduate is prepared in application of skills required to demonstrate proficiency as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. In addition to laboratory instruction, the student receives experience through clinical simulation laboratory and supervised work experience in several clinical settings. The program incorporates the general education courses with the professional courses to prepare graduates for the expanded roles required for the respiratory care practitioner. Graduates are employed primarily in hospitals, but employment opportunities are also available with home health, skilled nursing facilities, physicians' offices, DME and home medical equipment sales. Graduates are eligible to apply for the practitioner exam offered by National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Successful candidates earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690

Office: (817) 283-2835 ext 107
Fax: (817) 354-8519

Application Procedures and Deadline:

3rd Friday in March.

Classes are admitted in August. Class size is limited; and all applicants are not accepted for participation.

All applicants will have an equal opportunity regardless of race, age, disability, sex, creed, religion, or nationality.

Acceptance Procedure

Applicants that are selected for admission will be notified by letter.  Upon acceptance into the program students must submit evidence of the following in order to begin classes: It is the students responsibility to submit all documents required for clinical through the College’s Clinical Requirements database. The cost of the subscription Drug Screen, and criminal Background check is the student’s expense.

  1. Current C.P.R Certification (American Health Association - H.C. Provider
  2. P.P.D. Skin Test or Chest X-ray.
  3. Hepatitis B Series or Signature on SEARK College Vaccination Waiver Claim Form.
  4. Signed Functional Ability Acknowledgement  Form. 
  5. Drug Screen
  6. Criminal Background Check Students enrolled in Allied Health programs with a clinical component will be assessed a fee for malpractice insurance.

Note: Random drug screening may be utilized at any time during the course of the program at the student’s expense.

Admission Requirements

  1. High School Diploma (or GED Equivalency)
  2. Completion of all general admissions procedures of the College.
  3. Completion of the Nursing and Allied Health Technologies Application for Admission form.
  4. Complete the required general education courses from an accredited college or university with a grade of  “C” or above.
  5. ACT Reading Score of 19 or Accuplacer Reading score of 83 or Accuplacer Score of 75 or completion of a course in developmental reading with a grade of “C” or better; Accuplacer Math of 41 or completion of 15 semester hours of general education and Health Related Science requirements with a cumulative G.P.A. or 2.5 or higher.
  6. Completion or test score validated exemption of all required developmental studies courses in English, Mathematics, and Reading.
  7. Completion of an observation through a respiratory care department.

The above information must be submitted to:

Southeast Arkansas College
Nursing & Allied Health Technologies Division


Southeast Arkansas College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), (

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
P.O. Box 54876
Hurst, Texas 76054-4876
(817) 283-2835 (Office)
(817) 354-8519 (Fax)

For More Information, Contact:

Allied Health
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel St Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 543 5917
Toll Free: 1-888-SEARKTC

Lekita Pounds

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
Arkansas Society for Respiratory Care
Program Brochure(pdf)
Application Packet
Respiratory Care Program Expense Sheet(pdf) 
Respiratory Care Outcome Summary 
Respiratory Care Program Mission Goals and philosophy 2020 
Respiratory Care Program Handbook