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Incoming Student Information

Hello. Program faculty wish to congratulate you on being admitted to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Respiratory Care Program! I am sure that you are both excited and anxious about beginning course work in your chosen field of study. The faculty are excited about working with a new group of students to facilitate your transition toward becoming competent respiratory care practitioners.

Advising

You should meet with a respiratory care program faculty advisor to review your academic file, discuss the respiratory care program curriculum, and the courses that you need to register. Respiratory care faculty advisors are:

**IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION**

Below you will find links to important program information that you need to be aware of and working towards completion.

 

To get students off to a good start, we like to have a program orientation. The orientation will occur during the Tuesday lab time of the first day of classes. Even if you are scheduled for Thursday lab, we ask that everyone attend the orientation. Note that this is in addition to the normally scheduled lecture courses that will begin on Tuesday, August 15th in room 342 of the Oswald Bldg. beginning at 8:00 am.

The orientation will take place on August 15th after lecture courses at around 12 noon in the program classroom/lab 342 of the Oswald Bldg. We have selected this day and time because everyone, including the 2nd year students, will be available to meet. Lecture classes on Thursday will occur as listed in the schedule. There will be no lab on Thursday. The 2nd year students and faculty will put together a nice lunch including drinks, desserts etc... After lunch we have the following activities scheduled:

  • Meet with recent 2nd year students to discuss strategies for success
  • Get to know one another activities with classmates and faculty
  • Initial orientation to the program and clinical

The orientation will conclude at 3:30 pm. Because essential program information will be presented during the orientation, please make arrangements so you will be able to attend the entire orientation.

The initial clinical orientation will occur on Friday, August 18th beginning at 8:30 am in room 342 of the Oswald Bldg.

Your initial enrollment into the Respiratory Care Program is contingent upon your maintaining a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and other minimum admission standards by the first day of classes. By the first day of classes, you must have the following courses, or the equivalent courses, completed in order to maintain your admission status: BIO 137, BIO 139 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II) and the mathematics requirement, with a grade of "C" or better. Students failing to meet the academic standards or complete the prerequisite courses will not be able to enter any of the respiratory care courses.

Questions about equivalent courses should be directed to your Respiratory Care Program advisor.

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.
  6. If you need special accommodations to meet these standards, please contact Jim Matchuny, Program Coordinator, at (859) 246-6246.

 

The following immunization 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 have completed all immunizations prior to beginning the program. Your personal healthcare provider will provide you with appropriate documentation for the immunizations.

  1. TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING
    • Recent TB screening, TB skin test, chest x-ray, or history of any treatment for TB disease. The TB documentation must include the date given, the date read, and the reading in millimeters. It must also be signed by the clinician who performed the read test. If positive, include the physician documentation of the positive test and negative chest x-ray.
    • For individuals who have received a TB vaccine a TB blood test and/or a negative chest x-ray will be required.
    • Must be completed annually while in the program
  2. MMR
    • Written documentation of the individual's immunity history for measles, mumps and rubella (2 dose series) or documentation of positive measles, mumps, and rubella titers.
  3. HEPATITIS B
    • Written documentation of hepatitis B vaccination (3 dose series) or documentation of a positive titer
    • The series must be started prior to the first day of classes. Be sure to provide updates to your vaccination injections are completed.
  4. VARICELLA (Chicken Pox)
    • Recent TB screening, TB skin test, chest x-ray, or history of any treatment for TB disease. The TB documentation must include the date given, the date read, and the reading in millimeters. It must also be signed by the clinician who performed the read test. If positive, include the physician documentation of the positive test and negative chest x-ray.
    • For individuals who have received a TB vaccine a TB blood test and/or a negative chest x-ray will be required.
    • Must be completed annually while in the program
  5. T-daP
    • Written documentation of immunization with the TDap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine. (One time only)
  6. Influenza
    • Written documentation of the seasonal flu vaccination during the Flu Season
    • Must be completed prior to each flu season while in the program.
  7. Proof of Medical Insurance
    • Evidence of Medical Health Insurance (coverage must be in effect during any clinical rotation).
  8. Current CPR Card:
    • Students must have a current Healthcare Provider CPR card throughout the program
How to Place Order

(Must be completed by August 7th)

To place your order, go to the CastleBranch website.

Click Place Order, then click the dropdown menu and select the document package you wish to order.

To place your initial order, you will be prompted to create your secure myCB account. Within myCB, you will be able to:

  • View order results
  • Manage requirements
  • Complete tasks
  • Upload documents
  • Place additional orders

Please have ready personal Identifying Information needed for security purposes.

The email address you provide will become your username.

Contact servicedesk.cu@castlebranch.com or 888-914-7279 if you have any questions.  

 

Bluegrass Community & Tehcnical College Respiratory Care Program Curriculum

Summer I  
Applied Mathematics OR College Algebra OR Contemporary College Mathematics 3
 BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4
 
Summer II  
BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4
 Computer Literacy 0-3
  4-7 
   
Fall  
RCP 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology  3
RCP 122 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care  4
RCP 121 Respiratory Care Practice I  1
RCP 130 Pharmacology  3
ENG 101 Writing I  3
   14
   
Spring I (8-week bi-term)  
RCP 140 Cardiopulmonary Assessment  2
RCP 176 Respiratory Care Practice II  2
 Oral Communications  3
   7
   
Spring II (8-week bi-term)  
RCP 185 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation 2
RCP 201Respiratory Care Practice III 2
Social Interaction 3
  7
   
Summer (No respiratory care courses. General education courses can be taken.)  
   
Fall  
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 4
  14
   
Spring  
RCP 228 Preventive & Long-term Respiratory Care 2
RCP 251 Respiratory Care Practice V 4
RCP 240 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Evaluation 3
RCP 245 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 2
RCP 260 Respiratory Care Seminar 1
Heritage/Humanities 3
  15
   
  Total 68-72

Recommended courses that can be taken include Medical Terminology, Microbiology and Writing II Note that these courses are not required.

(All lectures & labs will be held in OB-342)

 1st Fall Semester:      
 RCP 110  Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology  T&R  08:00 AM - 09:15 AM
 RCP 135  Respiratory Pharmacology  T&R  09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
 RCP 122  Fundamentals of Respiratory Care  T&R  11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
   Lab (Choose one; Contingent upon availability)  T or R  01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
 RCP 121  Respiratory Care Practice I (Clinical)  F  07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
       
1st Spring (1st 8 Week Session) Semester:      
RCP 176  Respiratory Care Practice II (Clinical) M&W  07:00 AM - 03:30 PM
 RCP 140  Cardiopulmonary Assessment  T&R  09:00 AM - 10:50 AM
   Lab (Choose one; Contingent upon availability)  T or R  12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
       
 1st Spring (2nd 8 Week Session) Semester:      
 RCP 201  Respiratory Care Practice III (Clinical)  M&W  07:00 AM - 03:30 PM
 RCP 185  Intro to Mechanical Ventilation  T&F  09:00 AM - 10:50 AM
   Lab (Choose one; Contingent upon availability)  T or F  12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
       
 2nd Fall Semester:      
 RCP 210  Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology  M&W  08:00 AM - 09:15 AM
 RCP 195  Patient-Ventilator System Management  W  09:30 PM - 10:45 PM
   Lab (Choose one; Contingent upon availability)  F  08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
   Lab (Choose one; Contingent upon availability)  F  12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
 RCP 212    M&W  11:00 AM - 12:10 AM
  Lab  M 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
RCP 226 Respiratory Care Practice IV (Clinical) T&R 07:00 AM - 03:30 PM
       
 2nd Spring Semester:      
 RCP 260  Respiratory Care Seminar  M  09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
 RCP 228  Preventive & Long-Term Resp.  W  08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
 RCP 245  Advanced Cardiac Life Support  M&W  10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
   Lab (Choose one; Contingent upon availability)  M  02:15 PM - 04:15 PM
   Lab (Choose one; Contingent upon availability)  W  01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
 RCP 240  Advanced Cardiopulmonary Evaluation  M&W  11:00 AM - 12:10 PM
   Lab  M  01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
 RCP 251  Respiratory Care Practice V (Clinical)  T&R  07:00 AM - 03:30 PM

 

Below you will find a list of the textbooks used during the FALL semester. Some of these texts will be used throughout the entire program.

RCP 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology    
Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: 3rd ed ISBN: 978-0-323-07866-5
     
RCP 121 Respiratory Care Practice I    
Respiratory Care Program Lab/Clinical Manual    
Only available at Kennedy's bookstore    
     
RCP 122 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care    
Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 11th ed ISBN: 978-0-323-34136-3
     
RCP 130 Pharmacology    
Integrated Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 4th ed ISBN: 978-1627516181