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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
TOTAL CREDITS 66-67
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- What areas of patient care are respiratory therapists involved in?
- General medical
- Intensive care
- Pediatric and neonatal
- Home care
- Long term acute care
- Where are respiratory therapists employed?
- Long term acute care facilities
- Outpatient facilities
- Homecare equipment companies
- Physicians’ offices
For more information regarding the field of respiratory care see www.aarc.org/.