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Flowers Hospital honors Wallace Respiratory Therapist Graduation Class


Dothan, Ala.— Wallace Community College-Dothan’s 2019 Respiratory Therapist Graduation Class held a celebration of their achievements at Flowers Hospital in Dothan May 8. This year’s class is made of 19 graduates.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Respiratory Therapy is a fast growing field with an estimated 23 percent increase on the job outlook from 2016-26.

We receive daily emails from hospitals all over the country in need of graduates from our program,” said Kim Welborn, director of clinical education.

The Respiratory Therapist Program is a five-semester course of study consisting of 76 semester hours of general education and respiratory therapist classes leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Both didactic and clinical training are provided to enable each graduate to function as an assistant to the physician in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective respiratory therapy.  Graduates also serve as educational and therapeutic resources for patients who suffer disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. 

Welborn said she and Respiratory Therapy Program Director Judy Harrell are proud of their students and their hard work to get to graduation.

“Ms. Harrell and I are extremely proud of these students,” Welborn said. “They have exceeded in academic knowledge and in the clinical skills needed to take care of patients, who often times struggle for every breath they take.”

Preparing students for such a fast growing field requires out of the ordinary teaching methods, which Welborn says helps the graduates succeed once they enter the field.

“Ms. Harrell, and myself along with our clinical instructors make it our mission to challenge our students every day, by creating an atmosphere for critical thinking, and working outside of the box to maintain and promote excellence in Respiratory therapy and life,” she said. “These students embraced this mission and will make our profession a better one. We have equipped them with knowledge and skill, and now it is their time to shine, and I    hope they always know we are in the background cheering them on.”

For additional information about the Respiratory Therapist Program, visit https://www.wallace.edu/programs_of_study/health_sciences/respiratory_therapist.aspx

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