July 28, 2016


CONTACT: Mavis Williams, (575) 624-7217

ENMU-Roswell Respiratory Therapy Program Enrolling New Students

The Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Respiratory Therapy Program is accepting students for a new class to start January 9, 2017. The Respiratory Therapy Program at ENMU-Roswell is the only Respiratory Therapy Program in Southeastern New Mexico. The Associate of Applied Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).The program is in the top 14 percent of all RCP programs in the entire U.S. and was recently awarded the prestigious Excellence in Education Award by CoARC. The application deadline is August 1, but will be extended if needed.

Respiratory therapists are allied health care professionals who specialize in caring for patients with lung and heart issues. Respiratory therapists aid in the prevention, testing, and treatment of cardiopulmonary disease, such as asthma, emphysema, and sleep disorders. Their patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, trauma, or shock. Respiratory Therapists are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home care agencies, long-term care facilities, aeromedical transport, sleep labs, and medical equipment suppliers. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, making the Respiratory Therapist Job Outlook better than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia, respiratory disorders that permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function. These factors will lead to an increased demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments, mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. In addition, advances in preventing and detecting disease, improved medications, and more sophisticated treatments will increase the demand for respiratory therapists. Other conditions affecting the general population, such as smoking, air pollution, and respiratory emergencies, will continue to create demand for respiratory therapists.

            “Our students come from the entire southeastern region of New Mexico and beyond,” said Mavis Williams, director of the Respiratory Therapy Program. “Our accreditation outcomes exceed all thresholds. Our employers are highly satisfied with our graduates. We boast a very high pass rate on national board exams.” For more information about the program, contact Mavis Williams at (575) 624-7217.