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Faculty


Idichandi Idicula, M.S., RRT, CPFT

photo of Idichandi IdiculaFaculty and Respiratory Care Program Coordinator
El Centro College


Idichandi Idicula teaches several Respiratory Care courses as well as HPRS 2010, Basic Health Professions Skills II. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in physics and the other in education, from the University of Kerala, India, as well as a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Texas. He is a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and certified pulmonary function technologist (CPFT), as well as a CPR and ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) instructor.

He has also taught at the Metropolitan Group of Hospitals’ School of Respiratory Therapy, affiliated with the University of Illinois, and developed and taught an accelerated in-house respiratory therapy program while working as a respiratory care educational coordinator at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He received the Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship Award for aerosol technique development in 2002 from the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF). He is the treasurer of National Network of 2 year Respiratory Care programs (NN2RC) and an active member of American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).
 

Jennifer D. De La Garza, B.A., RRT

photo of Jennifer D. De La GarzaFaculty and Clinical Coordinator
El Centro College


Jennifer De La Garza began teaching in the Respiratory Care program in 2008. She has worked as a respiratory care practitioner for the Parkland Health and Hospital System since 1991, where her responsibilities have included bedside therapist, team leader, staff educator and research project participant. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of patient care protocols for the hospital.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas and an associate degree in respiratory care from California College of Health Science. She is the author of several published articles and abstracts (research summaries) that have appeared in The American Journal of Surgery and in Respiratory Care, the journal of the American Association of Respiratory Care. She is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care and the Texas Society for Respiratory Care and holds credentials as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).
 


Shawn Terry, B.A., RRT, RCP

photos of Shawn Terry Faculty
El Centro College


Shawn Terry has been teaching for the Respiratory Care program since 2015 as an adjunct faculty instructor and joined the program as a full time instructor in 2016. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in visual art studies and a minor in education from the University of North Texas and an associate of applied science degree in the field of respiratory care from El Centro College. He holds professional licenses and certifications as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and respiratory care practitioner (RCP) from the state of Texas.

Shawn has been working as a respiratory care practitioner for the Parkland Health and Hospital System since 2013, where he has had the privilege of taking care of patients in the adult general care areas and the adult ICUs. He has particularly enjoyed caring for patients in the Surgical-Trauma ICU and Neuro ICU where they employ respiratory therapist driven ventilator protocols. He is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC). He is also CPR certified in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
 


 
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