Crafton’s Respiratory Therapy program graduates 40th class

Photo Donna Hoffman: Crafton Hills College’s 40th Respiratory Therapy Class cheers after their graduation on December 13.
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Graduation season continues at Crafton Hills College with the latest Respiratory Therapy class celebrating its success on Dec. 13.

Twenty-five successfully completed the program which looks to shape individuals looking into the field to become “working professionals” when they graduate, explained Paige Dulay, program secretary.

“Our instructors take pride in their career field and it shows through every graduating class,” she said. “Our students this semester were very hard-working and learned to manage their time efficiently.”

Program students take more than 103.50 units required to complete the program, with many taking up to 29 units per semester to reach their goal. The number of units is close to 800 clinical hours said Daniel Rojas, CHC’s director of clinical education, adding no day is the same. One day students could be working a 12-hour rotation of off-campus learning from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. or observing patients at a sleep study.

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“They’ve been exposed to all kinds of scenarios,” he said.

While the program might be tough, there are other obstacles that could come into play.

For Naomy Ramirez, it was time management, particularly balancing “work and play.” But, she explained, she had a strong support system behind her who understood time spent away studying would eventually pay off.

“It was a matter of understanding that this wasn’t going to be forever,” the Calimesa resident said. “I want to be a (great) respiratory therapist…, and my long-term goal is to give back to the medical community by education and mentoring newbies like others did for me.”

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