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Respiratory Therapy

Career and Technical A.A.S. Degree

The associate degree Respiratory Therapy Program provides five semesters of instruction in respiratory theory, biological & behavioral sciences and humanities.

Field Internship
Includes clinical assignments in various hospitals & skilled care facilities. Rotations include: General respiratory care of adult & pediatric patients, Adult critical care, Neonatal critical care, Cardiology testing including stress tests, ECG’s, Holter monitors, etc., Pulmonary function testing, Sleep Laboratory and Pulmonary & cardiac rehabilitation.

Representative Job Titles
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Program Requirements
  • Students must meet college English & Math requirements.
  • Must have completed Biology, Algebra & Computer Skills, one semester in college or two semesters in High School with grades of "C" or better.
Certified Respiratory Therapists can earn advanced placement into the associate degree program! Contact program coordinator for more information.

First Semester
RESP  110 Respiratory Procedures I 5
RESP 111 Applied Respiratory Sciences 4
BIOL 117 Systemic Human A & P 4
RESP 113 Prof. & Interpersonal Response 2
PSYH 101 Psychology 3
    18

Second Semester
RESP 117 Respiratory Procedures II 5
RESP 115 Respiratory Procedures III 4
RESP 116 Resp. Clinical/Lab Practice I 6
SPCH 103 Fundamentals of Speech 3
    18

Summer Semester
RESP 209 Respiratory Procedures IV 5
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
    8

Third Semester
RESP 211 Cardiopulmonary Disease 4
RESP 212 REsp. Clinical/Lab Practice II 6
RESP 213 Respiratory Procedures V 3
RESP 214 Respiratory Specialties 3
PHLE 119 Core Values and Ethical Decision Making 1
    17

Fourth Semester
RESP 217 Respiratory Seminar 6
RESP 218 Resp. Clinical/Lab Practice III 6
SOCO 101 Sociology 3
    15

Minimum Requirements
AAS Degree 76 credit hours


Course Approved Substitutions
BIOL 117 BIOL 121 & BIOL 122
Gen Ed Based on Registrar Evaluation


NOTE: The program requirements presented here are effective Spring 2008. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available in their entirety at our catalog archive. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please contact an academic advisor. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or degree/certificate completion.
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