“What I really enjoyed were my clinicals”

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Tidewater_RachrisRachris Bautista graduates from TCC in May 2015 with an associate degree in respiratory therapy. This is his story, in his own words.

When I was a kid, I loved the idea of going into the medical field. I researched schools and saw how respected TCC’s program in respiratory therapy was. I started with my pre-requisites there and was admitted into the program in January 2012.

It’s really a four-year program compressed into two years, but I liked it from the start. The open labs were really helpful, because most of us don’t have ventilators at home, so we were allowed to practice our skills in a clinical setting at school. What I really enjoyed were my clinicals at Sentara Norfolk General. It’s a teaching hospital, and they challenged us to use our critical thinking skills. I graduate from TCC with my associate degree in May and already have a job as a respiratory therapist at Norfolk General.

I’ll be taking my certification exam right after graduation, but I’m not worried because TCC’s pass rate is so high. My brother, Rafael, is taking pre-requisites to be admitted into the respiratory therapy program, too.

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