Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy program fact sheet (PDF)


ALLEGHENY  
Associate of Science (540.1)

This program provides training in the field of respiratory therapy. Training in the use of equipment is included in a patient-oriented hospital experience.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge) learning domain of respiratory care practice as performed by a registered respiratory therapist.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the psychomotor (skill) learning domain of respiratory care practice as performed by a registered respiratory therapist.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the affective (behavior) learning domain of respiratory care practice as performed by a registered respiratory therapist.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate the respiratory therapy care plans used by a registered respiratory therapist.
  5. Recognize, demonstrate and apply written and oral communication skills required by a registered respiratory therapist.

Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program.

Applicants should have a C or better grade in high school chemistry, algebra and natural sciences or its equivalent. They must also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of MAT-108, CHM-109 (or CHM-110 and CHM-111) and BIO-115. Applicants must have successfully completed all developmental courses as required.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the certification examination leading to the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) sponsored by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Job opportunities are in hospitals, clinics, home care and sales.

This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244 (817.283.2835) www.coarc.com

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 68

First Semester

Course #      Course Name

Credits

ENG-101 

English Composition 1

3

PHY-123

Physics for the Health Sciences 1/Respiratory Care     

4

RES-111

Respiratory Care Equipment 1

4

RES-113

Respiratory Therapy 1

4

       

Total Credits

15

Second Semester

BIO-209

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

RES-112

Respiratory Equipment 2

4

RES-114

Respiratory Therapy 2 

4

      

Total Credits

15

Summer

RES-115

Fundamentals of Clinical Practice

1

RES-116

Pulmonary Diagnostic Procedures

2

RES-117

Pulmonary & Related Pathology

4

RES-118

Respiratory Pharmacology

1

      

Total Credits

8

Third Semester

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

RES-202

Medical Aspects of Respiratory Therapy

3

RES-211

Respiratory Therapist Clinical 1

9

      

Total Credits

15

Fourth Semester

RES-212

Respiratory Therapist Clinical 2

12

      

Humanities Elective

3

     

Total Credits

15

CCAC Respiratory Therapy outcome data have been posted on page 13 in the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status on the CoARC website. 

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