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Respiratory Care Program

The Respiratory Care Profession

Watch YouTubeA person can live without food for a few weeks and without water for a few days. But if someone stops breathing for more than a few minutes, death will result. Whenever the breath of life is at risk, the respiratory therapist is called upon to intervene. Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners (RCPs), specialize in the prevention,diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of people with breathing disorders. Patients treated by respiratory therapists range from premature infants to geriatrics.

Employment Opportunities

Respiratory Therapists work in various areas including: Hospitals, Home Care, Clinics, Management, Education, Sleep Medicine, and Land/Air Transport. Take a moment to see Respiratory Therapists in action.

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Program Requirements

The respiratory therapist specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory to practical clinical problems of respiratory care as outlined in a description of the occupation found in the guidelines and essentials of the accredited educational program for the respiratory therapist. Therefore, all applicants should possess:

  1. Sufficient tactile and visual acuity, such as is needed in the accurate monitoring of life support systems and for the observation necessary for patient assessment.
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, fire alarms, etc.
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement respiratory care skills, including the manipulation of equipment required in meeting health needs.
  4. Sufficient communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, and written) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively.
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement respiratory care.
    If you need special accommodations to meet these standards, please contact Jim Matchuny, Program Coordinator, at (859) 246-6246.

The following immunization and medical records are required for all students entering the Respiratory Care program. These requirements have been established to help protect health care providers and their patients during encounters in clinical settings. Students must submit all required documentation prior to the first day of classes. All documentation must be: clear (appropriate terminology), legible, dated, and signed by qualified personnel.

  1. Tuberculosis (T.B.)
    • Skin test, chest x-ray, or history of any treatment for TB disease.
    • Must be completed in the month of July/August prior to beginning the program.
    • Documentation must include: date given, date read, reading in millimeters, and the clinician's (who performed the read test) signature.
    • If positive, include the physician documentation of the positive test and negative chest x-ray.
    • Must be repeated in July/August while in the program.
  2. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Documentation must include one of the following:
      • Proof of (2) dose series vaccination.
        • The series must be started prior to the first day of classes.
        • Be sure to provide updates to your vaccination injections as they are completed.
      • Positive titer showing immunity for measles, mumps, and rubella.
  3. Hepatitis-B (Hep-B)
    • Documentation must include one of the following:
      • Proof of (3) dose series vaccination.
        • The series must be started prior to the first day of classes.
        • Be sure to provide updates to your vaccination injections as they are completed.
      • Positive titer showing immunity for Hepatitis-B.
  4. Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Documentation must include one of the following:
      • Proof of (3) dose series vaccination
        • The series must be started prior to the first day of classes.
        • Be sure to provide updates to your vaccination injections as they are completed.
      • Positive titer showing immunity for varicella.
    • Oral or written history of having varicella is not accepted.
  5. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Documentation must state: Tdap
      • TD and/or DTaP is not accepted
      • Positive titer showing immunity for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis
  6. Influenza (Flu)
    • Documentation must include proof of vaccination during the month of September/October.
    • Must be completed prior to each flu season while in the program.
    • Evidence of this vaccination is not required prior to starting the program.
  7. Emerging Diseases Questionnaire
    • Documentation must include a completed Emerging Diseases
      Questionnaire form.
  8. Proof of Medical Insurance
    • Documentation must include a copy (front and back) of your
      Medical Insurance Card.
    • Coverage must be in effect prior to beginning clinics.
  9. Healthcare Provider CPR
    • Documentation must include a copy (front and back) of your
      "Current" Healthcare Provider CPR card.
    • Must remain current throughout the program.

Your enrollment into the Respiratory Care Program (RCP) is contingent upon:

  • Maintaining a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average
  • Completion of the following courses (or the equivalent) with a grade of a "C" or better in:
    • Mathematics Requirement (one of the following: MAT 110, MA 111, MAT 146, or MAT 150)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIO 137 & BIO 139)
    • Writing I (ENG 101)
  • Attending a "Pre-Admission Conference"
  • Completion and submission of your "Selective Admissions Packet"
  • Acceptance into the program
    • Meeting Technical Standards
    • Completion and submission of:
      • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening
      • Immunization and Medical Records
      • Healthcare Provider CPR

Program Information

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Program CoARC # 200020

 

Required Pre-Requisite Courses:

  • Must complete all of the following with a "C" or better prior to beginning program College Level Math:
    • MA 111 or MA orMA or MA 146 (Contemporary Mathematics)
    • MAT 150 (College Algebra)
    • MAT 110 (Applied Mathematics)* Not recommended for a bachelor's degree plan
  • BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Recommended Sequence of General Education Courses:

Fall Semester: (Attend Pre-Admission Conference) Credit Hours
Computer/Digital Literacy Course 3
Writing I (ENG 101) 3
College Level Math 3
BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4

 

Spring Semester: (Apply to program by Feb. 15th) Credit Hours 
BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Oral Communications Course 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Course 3
Heritage/Humanities Course 3

 

Recommended Courses: (NOT REQUIRED) Credit Hours 
Medical Terminology 3
Medical Microbiology 4
Writing II (ENG 102) 3

Technical Respiratory Care Program Courses:

1st Fall Semester: (Begin Program) Credit Hours
RCP 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3
RCP 122 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 4
RCP 121 Respiratory Care PracticaI (Clinical) 1
RCP 130 Pharmacology 3
Total: 11

 

1st Spring Semester: (1st 8 Week Session)  
RCP 140 Cardiopulmonary Assessment 2
RCP 176 Respiratory Care Practice II (Clinical) 2
Total: 4

 

1st Spring Semester: (2nd 8 Week Session)  
RCP 185 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation 2
RCP 201 Respiratory Care Practice III (Clinical) 2
Total: 4

 

Summer Semester: (No Respiratory Care Courses)  
General educationGeneral education courses may be taken during this time  

 

2nd Fall Semester: (Begin 2nd Year)  
RCP 195 Patient-Ventilator System Management 4
RCP 210 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3
RCP 212 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RCP 226 Respiratory Care Practice IV (Clinical) 4
 Total: 14

 

2nd Spring Semester: (Apply for graduation)  
RCP 228 Preventive & Long-term Respiratory Care 2
RCP 251 Respiratory Care PracticeV (Clinical) 4
RCP 240 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Evaluation 3
RCP 245 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 2
RCP 260 Respiratory Care Seminar 1
 Total: 12

 

Student Handbook

Please contact jim.matchuny@kctcs.edu for a copy of the student handbook.