Friday, October 7, 2016

Midland College Respiratory Care presents career opportunities to high school students

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• A field in which the demand has exceeded the supply

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Monday, September 26, Respiratory Therapy was the “career of the day” at the George H. W. Bush New Tech Odessa High School. Midland College (MC) Respiratory Care Program Chair Robert Weidmann visited with over 300 students who are studying health sciences courses. He informed the students about the numerous career opportunities and excellent salaries for respiratory therapists.

“Respiratory Care offers unique challenges in the areas of prevention, diagnostics, treatment, management and rehabilitation of people with respiratory and/or cardiac abnormalities,” explained Weidmann. “Program graduates enter a field in which the demand has exceeded the supply. Their expertise is a precious commodity and specialties include, but are not limited to, adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, home care, diagnostics, sleep disorders, education and management. Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credentials are honored throughout the U.S. and Canada—geography is no barrier to career opportunities.”

Weidmann said that Midland College’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Curt Shelley graduated from MC’s Respiratory Care program with an Associate of Applied Science degree and, after successfully completing the registry exam, began working at Midland Memorial Hospital as an RRT. Then, in 2003, Shelley received a bachelor’s degree through an online program at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. In 2009, he received his master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Allied Health Education/Administration program.

Shelley is now employed at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and serves as the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) coordinator. In this capacity he oversees and trains ECMO specialists and physicians in cardiac and respiratory ECMO. In 2007, Shelley was named Employee of the Year for the 6,000 employee hospital.

Weidmann said that Curt Shelley’s career path is just one example of the endless opportunities available to Respiratory Care majors. For more information about MC’s Respiratory Care program, including admission requirements, contact Kay Floyd at (432) 685-4600, kfloyd@midland.edu

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