Respiratory Therapist, AAS

RESP.AAS.C23

Program Overview

This program is designed to prepare graduates as competent advanced-level respiratory therapists. Therapists provide care and treatment to patients suffering from breathing disorders and also may be involved in diagnostic testing, clinical supervision, and decision-making. This two-year program puts equal emphasis on theory, clinical practice, and the professional behavior expected of a respiratory care therapist. This degree typically is not designed for transfer. 

Program eligibility standards apply; consult a KCC advisor.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Additional Program Information

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com): 1248 Harwood; Bedford, TX 76021-4244; 817-283-2835. View programmatic outcomes data on the COARC website. 

Each student in this program must have a physical exam, criminal background check without any disqualifying convictions, a negative drug screen, and current CPR certification from the American Heart Association (BLS for Healthcare Provider) or American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer: adult, child & infant or AED).

Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to apply for admission to the National Board for Respiratory Care Exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

The curriculum of record for students applying to, but not yet accepted into, competitive entry health careers programs will be the Associate in General Studies.

Program Eligibility

Program eligibility/application process - Consult this information for steps to apply and enroll in a health program, deadlines, eligibility worksheets, and essential physical capabilities and functions.

Program Requirements

Major Courses

RESP 1113Respiratory Physiology

3 Credits

RESP 1224Clinical I

4 Credits

RESP 1324Respiratory Procedures I

4 Credits

RESP 1331Respiratory Skills I

1 Credit

RESP 1445Respiratory Procedures III

5 Credits

RESP 1458Intro to Respiratory Critical Care

8 Credits

RESP 2213Clinical Medicine

3 Credits

RESP 2225Clinical II

5 Credits

RESP 2245Clinical III

5 Credits

RESP 2353Cardiopulmonary Procedures

3 Credits

RESP 2411Professional Skills

1 Credit

RESP 2445Respiratory Procedures V

5 Credits

RESP 2453Respiratory Procedures VI

3 Credits

RESP 2483Respiratory Seminar

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:53

General education

ENGL 1613English I

3 Credits

 

SPCH 1553Introductory Speech

3 Credits

or

SPCH 1563Interpersonal Communication

3 Credits

 

BIOL 1564Intro to Anatomy & Physiology

4 Credits

or

BIOL 2654Anatomy & Physiology II

4 Credits

 

MATH 1142Intro to Respiratory Calculations

2 Credits

PSYC 2553Lifespan Developmental Psychology

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:15

The BIOL course must be taken prior to or concurrently with the first semester of Respiratory Therapist program.

Total Credit Hours: 68

Suggested Course Sequence

Spring semester

RESP 1113Respiratory Physiology

3 Credits

RESP 1324Respiratory Procedures I

4 Credits

BIOL 1564Intro to Anatomy & Physiology

4 Credits

ENGL 1613English I

3 Credits

MATH 1142Intro to Respiratory Calculations

2 Credits

Summer term

RESP 1331Respiratory Skills I

1 Credit

 

SPCH 1553Introductory Speech

3 Credits

Fall semester

RESP 1224Clinical I

4 Credits

RESP 1458Intro to Respiratory Critical Care

8 Credits

RESP 1445Respiratory Procedures III

5 Credits

Spring semester

RESP 2213Clinical Medicine

3 Credits

RESP 2225Clinical II

5 Credits

RESP 2411Professional Skills

1 Credit

RESP 2445Respiratory Procedures V

5 Credits

PSYC 2553Lifespan Developmental Psychology

3 Credits

Summer term

RESP 2453Respiratory Procedures VI

3 Credits

Fall semester

RESP 2245Clinical III

5 Credits

RESP 2353Cardiopulmonary Procedures

3 Credits

RESP 2483Respiratory Seminar

3 Credits

Program Cost

Minimum credit hours required for completion: 68
Tuition and fees - $147.00 per credit hour $147.00
$9,996.00
Course Fees:
BIOL 1564 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology1 20.00
ENGL 1613 English I 5.00
RESP 1224 Clinical I 100.00
RESP 1324 Respiratory Procedures I 250.00
RESP 1331 Respiratory Skills I 250.00
RESP 1458 Intro to Respiratory Critical Care 100.00
RESP 2225 Clinical II 100.00
RESP 2245 Clinical III 100.00
RESP 2445 Respiratory Procedures V 200.00
RESP 2453 Respiratory Procedures VI 25.00
RESP 2483 Respiratory Seminar 260.00
1,410.00
1,410.00
Books:
BIOL 1564 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology1 426.40
ENGL 1613 English I 81.35
  MATH 1142 Intro to Respiratory Calculations   61.00  
PSYC 2553 Lifespan Development Psychology 171.60
RESP 1113 Respiratory Physiology 253.65
RESP 1224 Clinical I 145.00
RESP 1324 Respiratory Procedures I 266.55
RESP 1331 Respiratory Skills I 71.95
RESP 1445 Respiratory Procedures III 73.30
RESP 1458 Into to Respiratory Critical Care 341.95
RESP 2213 Clinical Medicine 138.65
RESP 2245 Clinical Lab III 145.00
RESP 2353 Cardiopulmonary Procedures 81.65
RESP 2445 Respiratory Procedures V 118.40
RESP 2453 Respiratory Procedures VI 168.15
SPCH 1553 Introductory Speech 160.80
2,705.40
2,705.40
Uniform*
Unisex top * 27.95
Unisex pants * 16.95
Lab coat (unisex)* 28.95
Stethoscope * 58.20
Shoes 54.00
Wrist watch with second hand * 29.95
Clinical Badge (1st free, Replacement - $5) 0.00
216.00
216.00
Additional Program Costs
A2 Entrance Exam Fee (per attempt) 37.00
CPR Certification 53.00
Background Check and Drug Screening 68.00
Physical Examination/Tests/Etc. 385.00
$543.00
543.00
TOTAL $14,870.40
1 May take BIOL 2644 (Anatomy & Physiology I) and BIOL 2654 (Anatomy & Physiology II) instead of BIOL 1564. The course fee is $25 for each course. The same textbook is used for both courses. The cost is $445.
* These items are ordered in the KCC Hammes Bookstore. Prices for the remaining items in this section vary depending on where they are purchased.
All prices are subject to change. Please visit Hammes Bookstore for the most up-to-date textbook prices.