Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 28, 2014

Respiratory care students pinned at SWGTC

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Eight students were recognized during the April 15 Respiratory Care pinning ceremony held at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC). These students completed two semesters of prerequisite coursework as well as four semesters of rigorous occupational coursework including a series of clinical rotations at local hospitals.

“The program faculty are very proud of the class of 2014. These students worked tirelessly to meet their career goal of becoming Registered Respiratory Therapists. Upon completion of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry-level certification, followed by the advanced level registry exams, opportunities are countless for these graduates to specialize in a number of areas, including neonatal and pediatrics, adult critical care, pulmonary diagnostics, home care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. As the saying coined by The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) goes ‘When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,’” said Tammy Miller, Respiratory Care faculty at SWGTC.

Students recognized were Stephanie Bryant of Quitman, William Burt of Thomasville, Tynise Cleveland of Cairo, Shannon Crawford of Cairo, Kiwanis Jackson of Albany, Caitlyn Humphrey of Pavo, Johnny Jackson, Jr. of Thomasville, and Lashonda Thomas of Valdosta.

Special awards given were the Academic Award, presented to Caitlyn Humphrey, and the Award for Professionalism, presented to Tynise Cleveland.

The Respiratory Care program at SWGTC emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pharmacology, critical respiratory care, pulmonary function testing, as well as pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care. Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the credentialing examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Graduates must successfully complete the Entry Level Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, to obtain Certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT).

For more information on the Respiratory Care program at SWGTC, contact Miller at (229) 225-5094 or