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Prehealth Respiratory Therapy (A10300RT)

Associate in General Education

The Associate in General Education (AGE) curriculum is designed for individuals wishing to broaden their education, with emphasis on personal interest, growth, and development. The AGE-Prehealth curriculum is specifically designed for students who are attempting to enter a competitive health science program.

Courses offered in the curriculum provide a foundation for success and meet general education requirements in the health science programs. Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to any academic program.

Admission into the Health Science programs at RCC is a competitive admissions process. Student are not directly admitted into the programs. Students interested in Respiratory Therapy are placed in A10300RT to take required general education courses for competitive admission to the program. Academic advisors will assist you in creating an education plan and timeline for admission so that you may complete your general education courses and know the requirements for the competitive admissions process for your respective health science program.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in Respiratory Therapy are placed in A10300RT to take required general education courses for competitive admission to the program. Academic advisors will assist you in creating an education plan and timeline for admission so that you may complete your general education courses and know the requirements for the competitive admissions process for your respective health science program.

Course Sequence

Course Class Lab Credit
Program Prerequisites: Students admitted to the Respiratory Therapy program must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher prior to enrolling in the first Respiratory Therapy [RCP] class:
BIO 168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
BIO 169 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab or 0 3 1
Fall Semester
BIO 168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab 0 3 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 3
12 6 14
Spring Semester
BIO 169 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines 3 0 3
Mathematics Elective 2-3 2 3-4
Humanities/Fine Art Elective 3 0 3
11-12 5 13-14
TOTAL CREDITS: 27-28
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, PHI 240 Gen Ed: HUM 115, REL 110
Mathematics Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171
Other Major Hours (37 – 38) – These hours must be approved by the assigned academic advisor prior to enrolling in courses other than those listed above. Note: Students completing the above sequence and who have not been accepted into the Respiratory Therapy program must see their assigned advisor to explore other degree options before enrolling in additional courses.
TOTAL AGE PROGRAM HOURS REQUIRED 64 – 65

Employment Competencies

Critical Thinking skills – The respiratory therapy student must possess critical thinking skills sufficient for clinical judgment.
Interpersonal skills – The respiratory therapy student should possess interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, economic, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
Communication – The respiratory therapy student should possess communication skills sufficient for interaction with others in a verbal and written format.

Employment Outlook

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. In addition, the aging of the large baby-boom generation is expected to increase the need for surgical technologists.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audiences.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

Outcomes Pass Rates by Year
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Communication 45% 66% 36% 61%
Information Literacy 87% 64% 61% 51%
Critical Thinking 51% 52% 41% 65%

Address

Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375

Hours

Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contact

336-342-4261
336-349-9986 (fax)
info@rockinghamcc.edu