Apollo College Beats University of Colorado in Sputum Bowl

PHOENIX, Arizona – December 10, 2007 - Student Respiratory Care team members from Apollo College’s Westside and Mesa campuses took second place in the National Sputum Bowl Championship held recently in New Orleans, La.

Apollo’s Respiratory Team competed against several major universities, eliminating past national champion, the University of Colorado, to bring home the second place trophy. The Apollo team also received the “Best Sportsmanship” award, voted on by all competing teams.

Outstanding student outcomes were the result of training provided by Dr. Ghalib Okla and the Apollo College respiratory faculty.

“Our nationally accredited Respiratory Therapist program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demand for these highly trained specialists. We prepare students to meet nationally accepted standards,” Dr. Okla says.

The Sputum Bowl is a national competition that is considered the College Bowl of respiratory therapy. Similar to the game show “Jeopardy,” it’s a knowledge contest that has been part of every American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) national convention since the late 1970s.

A Sputum Bowl team consists of three people sitting at a table. Close to them is another team of three seated at their own table. Both teams will listen closely when the contest question reader verbally calls out a question that concerns some aspect of respiratory care. The team that buzzes in first has 10 seconds to answer correctly and score a point. At the end of 10 minutes, the team with the most points wins.

Respiratory care is one of the fastest growing specialties in the medical field and among the most rapidly expanding, in-demand occupations in any industry. As the percentage of middle-aged and elderly in the population continues to increase, so does the incidence of respiratory and cardiopulmonary conditions. There is and will continue to be a growing need for qualified Respiratory Therapists to provide care and treatment to patients in the years to come.