Respiratory Care Program Receives Equipment to Better Student Learning

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On February 13, 2017, John Servick, an alum of Kettering College came an did a demonstration of how the MetaNab device and vest works.

Over the past few months, the respiratory care program at Kettering College has added additional equipment that benefit the student’s hands-on learning in the classroom to be better prepared for when they become respiratory therapists.

Respiratory Care is one of the fastest growing occupations in the healthcare field, with the demand for respiratory therapists being the highest they’ve ever been before. The number of positions are expected to grow by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022.

Recently, the Respiratory Care program received an education grant from Hill-Rom, a provider of medical technologies in the health care industry. The company supports educational programs by awarding equipment grants and providing continuing professional education for respiratory therapists. Kettering College is a CoARC accredited program and for that reason, received the grant. From this grant, Kettering College obtained a MetaNab device for airway clearance and hyperinflation therapy, which several of the clinical affiliates of Kettering College currently use.

“Having the equipment in our lab helps our students to learn how the equipment works and even more importantly what the patient feels when they are receiving therapy,” said Nancy Colletti, program chair for the department of respiratory care. “Practice in the lab setting prior to using the device in the clinical environment helps our student’s better their communication with patients and deliver the best care.”

The Respiratory Care program also won a Savina 300 ventilator in October and recently had the machine delivered to campus.

In addition to adding equipment, the respiratory care program has added a specific scholarship for those entering the program for the first time. The scholarship will be dispersed over six semesters.

“We are all very excited about the Respiratory Care scholarship!” Colletti added. “The scholarship will help us attract well qualified students to the profession, as well as Kettering College.”




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