The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope’s Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the:
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

The respiratory program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope has requested and been granted Voluntary Withdrawal status through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.  The Respiratory Program will no longer accept students into the professional coursework.  Students who are current enrolled in the professional course work and complete the program and degree requirements will be considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program in December 2014.

Program outcomes

Why Respiratory Care?


Program Goals

The goals of this program are to prepare the advanced-level students with the skills, professional attitudes, and knowledge necessary to pass the National Board for Respiratory Care Advanced level examination and to successfully gain employment.


It is imperative that contact be made with the Respiratory Care Department before starting work on a degree plan to ensure that it will meet the student’s and the respiratory department’s needs. Twenty positions are open yearly for candidate application. (See departmental policies.)

**The Respiratory Care Department has SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS. It is important that contact the respiratory department regarding these requirments.


Medical Director Michael Young, M.D.

Program Director Ken LeJeune, MS, RRT, CPFT, LRCP

Director of Clinical Education Scott Hughes, BS, RRT, LRCP

Contact Information:

University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
Respiratory Care Program
P. O. Box 140, 2500 South Main
Hope, AR  71802-0140
870-722-8275 or 870-722-8272


Ken Le Jeune, M.S, RRT, CPFT, LRCP – 870-722-8275,

Scott Hughes, BS, RRT, LRCP – 870-7228272,

Clinical Sites  Location  Distance from Hope 
Medical Park Hospital  Hope, AR  1 Mile 
Magnolia City Hospital  Magnolia, AR  50 Miles 
Health South Rehab. Hospital  Texarkana, TX  31 Miles 
St. Joseph’s Regional  Hot Springs, AR  80 Miles 
Christus St. Michael  Texarkana, TX  31 Miles 
Wadley Regional Medical Center  Texarkana, TX  31 Miles 
Selective Hospitals  Little Rock, AR  110 Miles 



It is the responsibility of the student to have transportation to and from each of the clinical sites.  Students will rotate through all clinical sites.

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care Degree Checklist


Course Requirements ACTS Index Number* Credit Hours 
Pre-Professional Courses    29-31 
BIOL  2214  Human Anatomy and Physiology I  BIOL 2404
BIOL  2224  Human Anatomy and Physiology II   BIOL 2414
BIOL 1003 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 1013 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II
ENGL  1013  Composition I  ENGL 1013
ENGL  1023  Composition II  ENGL 1023
MATH  1053  College Algebra 
MATH 1083 Math for Health Professions
CISS  1013  Introduction to Computers  CPSI 1003
PSYC  2303  General Psychology  PSYC 1103
RESP  2602  Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 
RESP  1203  Respiratory Care Sciences 
RESP prefix courses must be completed with a “C” or Better



The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No Comparable Course.”  Additionally, courses with a “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE website and selecting Course Transfer ( Courses not having an ACTS number may also transfer. Please consult the receiving institution for complete transfer information.


Students will make application to Respiratory Training during the Cardiopulmonary course.

Course Requirements   Credit Hours 
Fall Semester 15
Professional Courses (A letter of acceptance must be received to continue in the program.)
RESP  1502  Cardio Pharmacology 
RESP  1703  Patient Assessment 
CARD  1001  Introduction to Dysrhythmia 
RESP  1102  Respiratory Disease Pathology I 
RESP  1604  Respiratory Equipment I 
RESP  2403  Therapeutic Assessment 
CPR Certification   Non-Credit 
Spring Semester 15 
RESP 1905 Respiratory Basic Skills I
RESP  2102  Respiratory Disease Pathology II 
RESP  2303  Respiratory Equipment II 
RESP  2502  Pediatric/Neonatal Care 
RESP  2232  Assessment and Diagnosis 
At end of semester, Entry-Level SAE must be completed with a 70% score to continue in the degree process.
Summer II Semester   3 
RESP 2003 Respiratory Basic Skills II
Fall Semester 15
RESP  2513  Mechanical Ventilation 
RESP  2503  Professional Development 
RESP 2503 course avg. and final must be completed with a 70% for board release.
RESP  2533  Critical Care 
RESP  2205  Respiratory Basic Skills III 
RESP  2201  Home Care and Rehabilitation 
Total   77-79 


All courses require a “C” or higher to continue in professional coursework while maintaining an acceptable GPA according to the college catalog.

Respiratory Care Program Calendar

Respiratory Program Physical Examination Form

Respiratory Care Program Policy

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