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Respiratory Care

Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioner 

Prior to Admission: BIO 137 and MAT 150 or MAT 110. All RCP courses in this plan are offered on Mon/Wed//Fri. General Education courses should be taken on Tues/Thurs schedule, or during the summer sessions.

***NOTE*** Each option will take the same courses unless an additional course specific to the selected is noted.

General Education & Support Classes

Fall Semester
Course Credit Hours
*BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
*MAT 150 College Algebra or
*MAT 110 Applied Mathematics or
*MAT 146 Contemporary College Math
Oral Communications** 3
Social Interaction** 3
Writing I/Accessing Information** 3
Heritage/Humanities** 3
 General Education Total 23

Recommended Additional Courses

Spring Semester
Course Credit Hours
BIO 226 Principles of Microbiology or
BIO 225 Medical Microbiology
ENG 102 Writing II 3

* Pre-Requisite Courses
**General Education Courses

NOTE: Computer Literacy must be documented by competency exam
 or by completion of computer literacy course

Acceptance into the Respiratory Care Program

  1. Application for admission to college
  2. Respiratory Care application
  3. Required minimum ACT or COMPASS scores
    Test Scores
    Test Math Reading Writing
    ACT 19 20 18
    COMPASS 25 (Alg.) 85 74

    *See COMPASS Placement Scores in Master Advising Quick Guide for placement into developmental courses.
  4. Documentation of observation hours.
  5. Official transcript of all post-secondary coursework.
  6. Documentation of attendance at a Respiratory Care preadmission conference.
  7. All developmental courses must be taken prior to prerequisite courses.
  8. All pre-requisite courses must be taken prior to program admission.
  9. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses must be completed prior to admission.

Core Requirements

Taken upon program admission

1st Year – Spring Semester 
Course Credit Hours
RCP 110 Cardiopulmonary Anat & Phys  3
RCP 120 Theory & Principles of Resp Care 4
RCP 130 Pharmacology 3
RCP 150 Clinical Practice I 2
1st Year – Fall Semester 
Course Credit Hours
RCP 125 Cardiopulmonary Evaluation 4
RCP 175 Clinical Practice II 3
RCP 180 Ventilatory Support  3
RCP 210 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3
2nd Year – Spring Semester
Course Credit Hours
RCP 190 Advanced Ventilatory Support 2
RCP 200 Clinical Practice III 3
RCP 204 Emergency & Spec Proc I 3
RCP 212 Neonatal/Pediatric Resp Care 3
2nd Year – Fall Semester
Course Credit Hours
RCP 228 Preventive and Long-Term Respiratory Care 2
RCP 214 Advanced Diagnostic Proc 3
RCP 225 Clinical Practice IV 3
RCP 250 Clinical Practice V  3
Total Credits 76-78

Revised August 27, 2020