Published Jul 31, 2009
Hello! Is anyone familiar with the Respiratory Therapy programs at Gwinnett Technical College or Griffin Tech? I am thinking about starting my medical field career there and I would love to chat with anyone who has attended these schools. Thank you so much!
Are is there anyone here who is a current respiratory therapist who can tell me about the climate at some of the hospitals around the metro Atlanta area? Is it tough to find a job? How is the pay? I am interested to know. Thanks so much.
I am an RRT in Ga. The market is always in need of good, quality therapists. I discourage tech school programs and would encourage you to get a BS in RT if possible. If you do a tech program, I would encourage you to get your RRT as soon as possible as most places will no longer hire CRT's. The pay scale for an RRT is around $20-24/hour. As with most jobs, this range depends on your experience. The reputation of the schools you mentioned is not well received in the community, so I would look at these other schools. Let me know if there is anything I can answer for you.
Armstrong Atlantic State University Respiratory Therapy Program
Athens Technical CollegeRespiratory Therapy Program
Coosa Valley Technical CollegeRespiratory Care Program
Darton CollegeRespiratory Care Program
Georgia State UniversityDivision of Respiratory Therapy
Griffin Technical CollegeRespiratory Care Program
Griffin Technical CollegeRespiratory Therapy and Technology Program
Heart of Georgia Technical CollegeRespiratory Care Technology Program
Macon State CollegeRespiratory Therapy Program
Medical College of GeorgiaDepartment of Respiratory Therapy
Southwest Georgia Technical CollegeRespiratory Care Program
Thank you for responding to my post. I am definitely wanting to get my RRT as soon as possible. Do Gwinnett Tech and Griffin Tech have low pass rates? Is there a website available to the public that displays the pass rates on the CRT and RRT of all of the schools in Georgia? I would love to do the Georgia State Program, but they only begin in the Fall semester and I am taking two more prerequisite classes this Fall. If you don't mind answering this question, are you currently working in a hospital in Metro Atlanta? Do you enjoy your job? What type of job can I get while I am in school that will help me with this career? After graduation, do hospitals offer internships similar to nursing internships. I want to find out all of the information that I possibly can about this field. It sounds extremely interesting. Thank you in advance.
There is not a website that I know of that displays pass rates. Those schools have changed hands/leadership/names so many times and lost accredidation in the past and that still follows them As an educator in the field, this is the feeling we have about the programs. I do work in the metro area and I do still love my job. I have been doing this for 14 years now. You used to be able to work in the field as a student but the majority of hospitals stopped doing that due to the liability. I believe there are still some systems that you can work as an equipment tech in the RT departments while you are in school and that will usually give you a good leg up in getting hired upon completion of your state boards. After school, you are hired as a staff member and then put through an orientation process. This is used as a weeding process to see if you are going to make in that given facility. You will do an externship in school. It is a great field with many rewards if you truly enjoy being with patients of all sizes. RT's are relied upon heavily in most institutions and have a high respect with their peers. Hope this helps and good luck.
This information helps a great deal. Thank you so much. I will do my research on different schools and see which one would be the best fit for me. I will definitely keep in touch with you as I am sure I will have many more questions about the profession in the future. Thanks again!
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