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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

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 orMA 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) Crdit 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 PracticeI (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)  
Generaleducation courses may be takenduring 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