• Respiratory Therapy (540.1)
    Associate of Science

    Allegheny

    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 applications 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.

     

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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester Credits

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    PHY-123Physics for the Health Sciences/Respiratory Therapy4
    RES-111Respiratory Care Equipment 14
    RES-113Respiratory Therapy 14
     
    Total Credits: 15

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-209Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology4
    ENG-102English Composition 23
    RES-112Respiratory Equipment 24
    RES-114Respiratory Therapy 24
     
    Total Credits: 15

    Summer

    Course #Course NameCredits
    RES-115Fundamentals of Clinical Practice1
    RES-116Pulmonary Diagnostic Procedures2
    RES-117Pulmonary and Related Pathology4
    RES-118Respiratory Pharmacology1
     
    Total Credits: 8

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
    RES-202Medical Aspects of Respiratory Therapy3
    RES-211CRespiratory Therapist Clinical I9
     
    Total Credits: 15

    Fourth Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    RES-212C Respiratory Therapist Clinical 212
    -Humanities Elective3
     
    Total Credits: 15
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 68