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Respiratory Therapy (A45720)

Associate in Applied Science

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists through demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice. Graduates perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with exposure to current and emerging practice settings.

The curriculum prepares graduates to operate within inter-professional teams and effectively communicate with clients/patients of various ages, ethnicities, and cultures. Application of problem solving strategies, applying ethical decision making, and understanding professional responsibilities are emphasized.

Graduates are eligible to complete the credentialing process through the National Board for Respiratory Care, which will qualify them for a license to practice in a variety of healthcare settings with responsibilities for assessment, treatment, management and education of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

Clinical Preceptor Eval-RT

Employment Outlook

Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19% from 2019 to 2029, 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.

Employment Competencies

Mobility – The respiratory therapy student should possess physical skills sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
Motor Skills – The respiratory therapy student should possess gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care.
Hearing – The respiratory therapy student should possess auditory skills sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
Visual – The respiratory therapy student should possess visual skills sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in providing patient care.
Tactile – The respiratory therapy student should possess tactile skills sufficient for physical assessment.
Weight -Bearing – The respiratory therapy student should possess the ability to maneuver and move 40-50 lbs. on a weekly or daily basis.

Admissions Requirements

1. Students must be able to fulfill all Program Performance Standards as outlined in the health sciences admission policy.
2. Student are encouraged to attend a Respiratory Therapy Information Session.
3. Complete minimum admission requirements by the end of April 30th.
4. Admission to all RCC Health Science programs is a competitive process. Applicants are evaluated based upon academic performance.
5. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher in respiratory therapy general education courses by the published deadline date for submitting Candidate Review Forms to the Admissions Office. Applicants not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements will not be reviewed by the program area for admission.
6. Students must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher before enrolling in the first RCP course: BIO 168, BIO 169, CHM 131 /CHM131A or higher chemistry.
7. Students must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher for the Respiratory Therapy program ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 150, and Humanities/Fine Arts elective.
8. All transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
9. Upon program acceptance, students must submit to a background check, drug screening and medical review/screen to include physical examination and immunizations. All fees associated with background check, drug screen and medical review are the responsibility of the student.

Program Costs

Respiratory Therapy Program Costs

Respiratory Therapy students should be prepared to incur additional expenses beyond tuition and college fees.

Outlined below are estimated expenses and are subject to change:

First Year
CPR Certification $10
Medical Exam $100
Immunizations
(Includes but not limited to Hep, B, TB, Flu, childhood immunizations) $300
Student Accident Insurance $6
Malpractice Insurance $48
Uniforms $140
Respiratory Therapy Books $300
Drug Screen and Background Check $114
Miscellaneous Supplies $100
Second Year
Required Annual Immunizations $100
Student Accident Insurance $4
Malpractice Insurance $32
NBRC Exams $120
School Pin (optional) $50-$100
Respiratory Therapy Books $300
Miscellaneous Supplies $100
Kettering Seminar $425
Drug Screen $80
ACLS $80
Certification Exam
(The Multiple Choice) TMC $190
Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE) $200

Course Sequence

Respiratory Therapy Program

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: Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 0 4
BIO 169 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 0 4
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 0 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab or 0 3 0 1
Fall Semester Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
RCP 110 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3 3 0 4
RCP 113 RCP Pharmacology 2 0 0 2
RCP 114 C-P Anatomy and Physiology 3 0 0 3
11 3 0 12
Spring Semester
RCP 111 Therapeutics/Diagnostics 4 3 0 5
RCP 115 C-P Pathophysiology 2 0 0 2
RCP 146 RCP Clinical Practice II 0 0 18 6
6 3 18 13
Summer Semester
RCP 123 Special Practice Lab 0 3 0 1
RCP 152 RCP Clinical Practice III 0 0 6 2
0 3 6 3
Fall Semester
ENG 112 Writing and Research in the Discipline 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
RCP 210 Critical Care Concepts 3 3 0 4
RCP 213 Neonatal/Pediatric Concepts 2 0 0 2
RCP 236 Clinical Practice IV 0 0 18 6
11 3 18 18
Spring Semester
RCP 211 Advanced Monitoring/Procedures 3 3 0 4
RCP 215 Career Preparation 0 3 0 1
RCP 223 Special Practice Lab 0 3 0 1
RCP 246 RCP Clinical Practice V 0 0 18 6
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 0 3
6 9 18 15
TOTAL CREDITS: 73
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

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