Health Professions AAS – Respiratory Care Program

Code: AAS.HP.RESP

The Respiratory Care Program prepares graduates to perform competently in providing all phases of respiratory care therapies and modalities. The respiratory care curriculum is a challenging one that provides a “hands-on” approach and incorporates a variety of educational experiences and environments from the traditional classroom to the laboratory and clinical settings. The program is a competency-based education and provides a curriculum sequence in order for the students to correlate didactic, lab and clinical skills sufficiently. After graduation, students take the national certification and registry exams administered by the NBRC National Board for Respiratory Care and obtain a license to work in the desired state.

Program Length: 24 months; GPA for admissions eligibility: 2.50; High School prerequisite courses: Chemistry with lab; Biology with lab; Algebra. College substitutions: BIO-109; CHM-100; MAT-040.

Application Deadline: February 1; Program Admits: Fall semester

Pre-admission Test: Respiratory Care Admissions Examination

Note: High school Biology is waived if college Biology, preferably BIO-109, is completed successfully.

The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply scientific principles for the identification, prevention, remediation, research, and rehabilitation of acute or chronic cardiopulmonary dysfunction thereby producing optimum health and function.
  • Review existing data, collect additional data, and recommend obtaining data to evaluate the respiratory status of patients.
  • Develop the respiratory care plan, and determine the appropriateness of the prescribed therapy.
  • Initiate, conduct, and modify prescribed therapeutic and diagnostic procedures such as: administering medical gases, resuscitation; providing support services to mechanically ventilated patients; maintaining artificial and natural airways; performing pulmonary function testing, hemodynamic monitoring and other physiologic monitoring.
  • Collect specimens of blood and other materials.
  • Document necessary information in the patient's medical record and on other forms, and communicate that information to members of the health care team.
  • Obtain, assemble, calibrate, and check necessary equipment.
  • Use problem solving to identify and correct malfunctions of respiratory care equipment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills to work productively with patients, families, staff, and co-workers.

Career Pathways

Respiratory Therapist: Hospital, Ambulatory Care, Nursing Home, Rehabilitation Center, Sleep Disorder Center
Patient Transporter
Educator
Respiratory Therapist: Community or Home Health 
Medical Device Sales Representative   

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

RSP-110Respiratory Care Pharmacology

2

RSP-119Introduction to Respiratory Care

4

RSP-121Respiratory Care Clinical Externship I

1

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:14

RSP-121: Respiratory Care Clinical Externship I (16 hrs/wk x 9 wks = 144 hrs)

Second Semester

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHM-112College Chemistry

4

RSP-210Cardiopulmonary Diseases and Disorder

3

RSP-220Fundamentals of Respiratory Critical Care

3

RSP-222Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

2

RSP-225Respiratory Care Clinical Externship II

2

Total Credit Hours:18

RSP-225: Respiratory Care Clinical Externship II (16 hrs/wk = 240 hrs)

Summer Session

RSP-226Respiratory Care Clinical Externship III

2

Total Credit Hours:2

RSP-226: Respiratory Care Clinical Externship III (40 hrs/wk = 240 hrs – Based on 6 weeks)

Third Semester

BIO-104Microbiology

4

RSP-231Respiratory Care Clinical External IV

2

RSP-240Diagnostic Monitoring and Patient Assessment

4

RSP-250Respiratory Critical Care

4

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:17

RSP-231: Respiratory Care Clinical Externship IV (16 hrs/wk = 240 hrs)

Fourth Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
RSP-235Respiratory Care Clinical Externship V

2

RSP-241Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RSP-260Special Topics Respiratory Care

3

Total Credit Hours:14

RSP-235: Respiratory Care Clinical Externship V (16 hrs/wk = 240 hrs)

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities and Social Sciences*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN); Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Total Credit Hours: 20

Program Requirements

BIO-104Microbiology

4

CHM-112College Chemistry

4

RSP-110Respiratory Care Pharmacology

2

RSP-119Introduction to Respiratory Care

4

RSP-210Cardiopulmonary Diseases and Disorder

3

RSP-220Fundamentals of Respiratory Critical Care

3

RSP-222Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

2

RSP-240Diagnostic Monitoring and Patient Assessment

4

RSP-241Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RSP-250Respiratory Critical Care

4

RSP-260Special Topics Respiratory Care

3

Clinical Externship Courses

RSP-121Respiratory Care Clinical Externship I

1

RSP-225Respiratory Care Clinical Externship II

2

RSP-226Respiratory Care Clinical Externship III

2

RSP-231Respiratory Care Clinical External IV

2

RSP-235Respiratory Care Clinical Externship V

2

Total Credit Hours: 45

Total Credit Hours: 65

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Course List.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.

Successful completion of program and exit examinations are required for graduation.