Associate in Applied Science
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Respiratory Therapists are health care team members who evaluate, treat, educate and care for patients with heart and lung disorders. They are a vital part of the lifesaving response team that handles patient emergencies. Respiratory Therapists treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants to the elderly. In this rewarding career, you will become an important part of the patient's “Breath of Life.”
KC's Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy provides five semesters of instruction in respiratory theory, lab & clinical practice. It also provides instruction in biological & behavioral sciences and humanities.
- American Association for Respiratory Care
- The National Board for Respiratory Care
- Illinois Society For Respiratory Care
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What You Can Do
Upon successful completion of this degree students will be prepared for employment as a Respiratory Therapist in a Hospital setting caring for newborn to geriatric patients, Skilled Care Facility, Nursing Home, Clinics, Home Care, and Doctor’s Office.
Program Goals and Outcomes
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT’s).
- Outcome #1-A: Demonstrate the ability to interpret, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as a Respiratory Therapist. (Cognitive Domain)
- Outcome #1-B: Demonstrate the technical proficiency necessary with all skills to fulfill the role of a Respiratory Therapist. (Psychomotor Domain)
- Outcome #1-C: Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional expectations for a Respiratory Therapist. (Affective Domain)
Students completing this degree must also complete curriculum requirements aligned with General Education Student Learning Outcomes.
Professor Respiratory Therapy
Phone | 618-545-3352
Location | Main Campus
Office | Health and Professional Careers, PC 137