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Respiratory Care Degree

The Respiratory Care Associate Degree is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of respiratory care. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pulmonary and cardiac pharmacology, medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, positive pressure ventilation, incentive spirometry, patient assessment, postural drainage, percussion/vibration, assessment of diseases and conditions, critical respiratory care, advanced critical care monitoring, pulmonary function testing, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Program graduates receive a respiratory care associate degree, which qualifies them to take the examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Students may become certified by taking the Entry Level Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Upon successful completion of the Certification (CRT) Exam, the graduate is eligible to take both parts of the Registry (RRT) Exams. To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license. The only way to obtain a license is to pass at least the Entry Level Certification Exam.

Program Admission Requirements for Respiratory Care

All pre-requisite courses and occupational courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

(Competitive Admission)

Must have presented official documentation of an earned high school diploma or official GED scores to the Admissions Office

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. No provisional and/or special admission students considered for the program.
  3. Must have minimum Reading and Writing COMPASS scores and these scores can not be more than five (5) years old in the semester you compete.
  4. Complete prerequisite courses listed on web site by the end of fall semester.
  5. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 at the end of fall semester.
  6. Submit packet containing the following:
  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Personal Data Form

Packets should be turned in to HSC-3325 by November 1 for Spring semester admission no sooner than two weeks prior to due date. All packets must be complete prior to due date.

Provide current physical exam (medical form)/immunization record and a current CPR card after program acceptance.

Entrance into any healthcare program is contingent upon completion of a Background Check/Drug Screen from H.I.R.E. which must be completed after being conditionally accepted to the program.

Curriculum Outline

(90 Semester Hours)

Pre-Occupational Curriculum (35 hours)

SEMN1000 - First Semester Seminar

1

BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I*#

3

BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I*#

1

BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II*#

3

BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II*#

1

BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology*#

3

BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab*#

1

COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers#

3

ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric#

3

XXX xxx Humanities/Fine Arts Elective#

3

XXX xxx Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective#

3

CHEM 1211 Chemistry I*#

3

CHEM 1211L Chemistry I Lab*#

1

PHYS 1110 Conceptual Physics* #

3

PHYS 1110L Conceptual Physics Lab*#

1

MATH 1111 College Algebra#

3

 

 

Occupational Curriculum (54 hours)

All RESP courses are program admit

RESP 1110 Pharmacology

3

RESP 1120 Intro to Respiratory Therapy

3

RESP 1130 Respiratory Therapy Lab I

4

RESP 1193 Cardiopulmonary A & P

7

RESP 2090 Clinical Practices I

2

RESP 2100 Clinical Practice II

2

RESP 2110 Pulmonary Disease

3

RESP 2120 Critical Respiratory Care

3

RESP 2130 Mech Vent & Airway Management

4

RESP 2140 Adv Critical Care Monitoring

1

RESP 2150 Pulmonary Function Testing

1

RESP 2160 Neonatal Pediatric Resp Care

3

RESP 2170 Adv Respiratory Care Seminar

3

RESP 2180 Clinical Practice III

2

RESP 2190 Clinical Practice IV

2

RESP 2200 Clinical Practice V

3

RESP 2220 Clinical Practice VI

7

RESP 2270 Rehabilitation and Home Care

1

*denotes courses used for ranking in competitive admission

#denotes courses that must be competed prior to program admission

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