Respiratory Therapist, AAS

 

 

  

 

CoARC Accreditation - Respiratory program

Program Overview

Respiratory Therapist

This program is designed to prepare graduates as competent 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.

Students in health career programs are advised to consult the Code of Campus Affairs and Regulations, section 11.4. This regulation concerns completion of all courses in health career curricula being 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). CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. The CoARC website includes programmatic outcomes data and a list of CoARC accredited programs. KCC is program #:200441.

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

COMM 1553Introductory Speech

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

RESP 1331Respiratory Skills I

1 Credit

BIOL 1564Intro to Anatomy & Physiology

4 Credits

ENGL 1613English I

3 Credits

MATH 1142Intro to Respiratory Calculations

2 Credits

Summer term

RESP 1445Respiratory Procedures III

5 Credits

COMM 1553Introductory Speech

3 Credits

Fall semester

RESP 1224Clinical I

4 Credits

RESP 1458Intro to Respiratory Critical Care

8 Credits

Spring semester

RESP 2213Clinical Medicine

3 Credits

RESP 2225Clinical II

5 Credits

RESP 2411Professional Skills

1 Credit

RESP 2445Respiratory Procedures V

5 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

PSYC 2553Lifespan Developmental Psychology

3 Credits

Outcomes

Demonstrate the ability to perform all cardiopulmonary therapeutic procedures safely within the scope of his/her education.

Accurately interprets clinical information from medical records and physical findings.

Communicates effectively in the healthcare setting.

Demonstrates ethical and professional behavior in the clinical setting.

Applies the knowledge gained in the program to be successful on the NBRC Multiple Choice Therapist Exam upon program completion.​

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