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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

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:

Anatomy Requirement

Chemistry/Math Requirement (choose one math course or one chemistry class/lab pairing)

English Composition (6 semester hours)
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines 4 6 8

 

Humanities/Fine Arts(3 semester hours)
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
ART 111 Art Appreciation 3 0 3
ART 114 Art History Survey I 4 6 8
ART 115 Art History Survey II 3 0 3
ENG 231 American Literature I 3 0 3
ENG 232 American Literature II 3 0 3
ENG 241 British Literature I 3 0 3
ENG 242 British Literature II 3 0 3
MUS 110 Music Appreciation 3 0 3
MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz 3 0 3
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues 3 0 3
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics 3 0 3

 

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 semester hours)
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 3

 

Mathematics/Chemistry (3-4 semester hours)
Select one group from the following:

Mathematics/Chemistry (Group 1 – Select one course from the following)
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 3
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I 3 2 4
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra 3 2 4
Mathematics/Chemistry (Group 2)
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab 0 3 1

 

Anatomy (5-8 semester hours)
Select one group from the following:

Anatomy (Group 1)
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4 2 5
Anatomy (Group 2)
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4

Total Credits: 24-26

Other Major Hours (44-45):  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 respiratory therapists is projected to grow 14% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, requiring more respiratory therapists to care for this population.

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 audience.

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. 

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