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Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
RCT121  Introduction to Respiratory Care
RCT122  Medical Gas Administration
RCT124  Pharmacology for R.T.
BIO123  Principles of Human Structure & Function (lab)
BIO125  Medical Terminology
CHM121  General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
RCT123  Airway Management Procedures
RCT125  Clinical Practicum I/Seminar
MTH124  Statistics or MTH125 College Algebra
RCT129  Respiratory Diseases
RCT126  Critical Care
RCT128  Clinical Practicum II/Seminar
ENG124  College Composition
Sociology or Psychology Elective
RCT220  Cardiopulmonary A&P
RCT224  Clinical Practicum III/Seminar
RCT226  Advanced Respiratory Care Procedures Laboratory
RCT227  Neonatal/Pediatrics for Respiratory Care
BIO221  Principles of Microbiology (lab)
RCT223  Patient Assessment and Monitoring
RCT225  Clinical Practicum IV/Seminar



  1. What is respiratory care?
    Respiratory care is a health care specialty involved in the assessment, treatment, management and diagnostic evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease.
  2. What are respiratory therapists?
    Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician. They are part of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals that provide care for patients with conditions such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, chest trauma, as well as other lung and heart diseases. Respiratory therapists are trained in adult, pediatric and neonatal care.
  3. What job duties/procedures do respiratory therapists perform?
    • Administration of medical gases, including oxygen
    • Aerosol therapy
    • Hyperinflation therapy
    • Bronchial hygiene techniques
    • Arterial blood gas punctures
    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    • Ventilator management
    • EKG monitoring
    • Diagnostic testing
    • Sleep studies
    • Rehabilitation
  4. What areas of patient care are respiratory therapists involved in?
    • General medical
    • Surgical
    • Intensive care
    • Emergency/trauma
    • Pediatric and neonatal
    • Home care
    • Sleep
    • Diagnostic
    • Rehabilitation
    • Long term acute care
  5. Where are respiratory therapists employed?
    • Hospitals
    • Long term acute care facilities
    • Outpatient facilities
    • Homecare equipment companies
    • Physicians’ offices

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