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Respiratory Care

Program Description: The Respiratory Care program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of respiratory care. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pharmacology, medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, positive pressure ventilation, assessment of diseases and conditions, critical respiratory care, advanced critical care monitoring, pulmonary function testing, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care. Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the credentialing examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Graduates must successfully complete the Entry Level Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, to obtain Certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). Upon obtaining the CRT credential, the graduate is eligible, and must successfully complete the written, and clinical simulation, sections of the advanced registry examination(s) to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist Credential (RRT). The NBRC requires continued competency through re-credentialing and continuing education on a five-year cycle, and licensure requirements vary by state.

Student Learning Outcomes:
•  Students will apply the basic principles of the Respiratory Care profession.
•  Students will maintain airway patency in patients using emergency airway protocols.
•  Students will complete Arterial Blood Gas Analysis.
•  Students will deliver Oxygen Therapy using accepted protocols.

Length of Program:  Two (2) semesters of prerequisite courses found in the Healthcare Science, TCC, Four (4) semesters of occupational courses.

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Prerequisite Courses open; however, all prerequisite/Competitive Admissions courses (BIOL 2113 – Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 2113L – Anatomy and Physiology Lab I , BIOL 2114 – Anatomy and Physiology II, BIOL 2114L – Anatomy and Physiology Lab II , and a degree level MATH course) must be successfully completed prior to competitive program admission deadline.

Program Admission: Fall Semester

Entrance Requirements: Entry into this program is based on competitive admissions criteria. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program.  For further details, Please see the Competitive Admissions Criteria. Click for Entrance Scores.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, Physical Exam, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Toxicology.

Note: Individuals who have been convicted of a felony offense may be denied state licensure. Applications for state licensure are reviewed by the designated governing body for each state. Licensure requirements may vary by state. Graduates of the program will submit application to the Georgia Composite Board during the final quarter of the program.

Note: CRT to registry requires all sections 1 & 2 in curriculum and RESP#’s 1193, 2130, 2140, 2150, 2160, 2170, 2220.  Graduates of a diploma-level respiratory care program prior to 1997, who hold the Advanced RRT Credential, must complete Sections 1, 2, and 3, to obtain the A.A.S. Degree.

Program Final Exit Point: Respiratory Care, Associate of Applied Science. Eligible to apply for National Board for Respiratory Care certification and registry exams.  Note: Hospitals may require RRT credential for employment.

Credits Required for Graduation: 78 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

 

Curriculum

Credit Hours

 
1. General Core Courses 16
 
  Area I: Language Arts/Communication 3
  Required Course(s)
    ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric  
 
  Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
 
  Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics** 7
  Required Course(s)
    One Degree Level Mathematics Course  
    CHEM 1151 Survey of Inorganic Chemistry  
    CHEM 1151L Survey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab  
 
  Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
 
  General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.  
 
  ** CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L may be substituted for  CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L
 
2. Occupational Courses (62 hours)
  BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
  BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
  BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
  BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
  BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology 3
  BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
  RESP 1110 Pharmacology 3
  RESP 1120 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 3
  RESP 1130 Respiratory Therapy Lab I 4
  RESP 1193 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 4
  RESP 2090 Clinical Practices I 2
  RESP 2100 Clinical Practice II 2
  RESP 2110 Pulmonary Disease 3
  RESP 2120 Critical Respiratory Care 2
  RESP 2130 Mechanical Ventilation and Airway Management 4
  RESP 2140 Advanced Critical Care Monitoring 1
  RESP 2150 Pulmonary Function Testing 1
  RESP 2160 Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
  RESP 2170 Advanced Respiratory Care Seminar 3
  RESP 2180 Clinical Practice III 2
  RESP 2190 Clinical Practice IV 2
  RESP 2200 Clinical Practice V 3
  RESP 2220 Clinical Practice VI 7
  RESP 2270 Rehabilitation and Home Care 1
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