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Respiratory Therapist

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program) - 71 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:

The mission of the Respiratory Therapist program is to prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of respiratory care by providing the resources, curriculum, and clinical experiences to assume primary clinical responsibilities for respiratory care modalities.

Program Accreditation:

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, phone (817) 283-2835.

Admission to the Program:

Admission criteria for Respiratory Therapist (advanced-practice) include:  (1) graduation from high school or equivalent; (2) placement test scores into ENGL 110 and READ 115; (3) an ACT composite score of 18 or above (tested prior to October 28, 1989) or 20 or above (tested October 28, 1989 or later); (4) one year of high school algebra or MAT 094 with a grade of "C" or better or Math placement into MAT 098; (5) one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 115 with a grade of "C" or better; (6) grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better; (7) in the case of students not initially admissible to the program:  (a) at least a "C" in chemistry and algebra at ICC, if not in high school; (b) a course in reading and study skills; (c) at least a "C" average in 18 or more approved semester hours taken at ICC (courses numbered below 110 will not apply toward the 18 hour requirement).  (8) Current American Heart Association (AHA) health care provider CPR card, drug screen, fingerprint background check, physical examination and immunizations will be required upon acceptance to the program.

 

Recommended high school courses:  (1) three years of English; (2) two years of mathematics, including algebra; (3) one year of biology; (4) one year of chemistry.

 

Program Note:

To remain in and graduate from this program, a "C" or better must be achieved in all program courses and science courses.

 

HEOCC 111 - Introduction to Health Careers is a recommended College course.

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall Semester 1:
ENGL 110; RESP 110; RESP 112; RESP 115; RESP 122; HLTH 121

Spring Semester 1:
RESP 121; RESP 123; RESP 125; RESP 127; BIOL 205

Summer Semester 1:
PSY 110; RESP 201; BIOL 210

Fall Semester 2:
ENGL 111 or COMM 110; RESP 210; RESP 220; BIOL 206; Humanities

Spring Semester 2:
SOC 110; RESP 231; RESP 235; RESP 240; HLTH 108; HEOCC 114


Course Information:
Required General Education Courses
CourseNameCredit
HUMANITIES *3
BIOL 205PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I **4
BIOL 206PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II **4
BIOL 210MICROBIOLOGY **4
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I **3
ENGL 111COMPOSITION II  **3
or
COMM 110COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRACTICE **3
PSY 110INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY **3
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
HEOCC 114INTRODUCTION TO INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTH CARE **1
HLTH 108ELECTROCARDIOGRAM INTERPRETATION 1
HLTH 121MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY **2
RESP 110INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE 1
RESP 112FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE I 4
RESP 115RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM I 3
RESP 121FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE II 5
RESP 122CARDIOPULMONARY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 2
RESP 123PHARMACOLOGY FOR RESPIRATORY CARE 2
RESP 125RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM II 3
RESP 127CARDIOPULMONARY DISEASES 3
RESP 201INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL VENTILATION 1
RESP 210FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE III 5
RESP 220RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM III 3
RESP 231FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE IV 4
RESP 235RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM IV 3
RESP 240RESPIRATORY THERAPY CAPSTONE 1
SOC 110AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.

A "C" or better grade is required in BIOL 205, 206, and 210 in order to graduate from the program. Students must retain a "C" grade or better in each RESP course, in order to be retained and graduate from the program.

For Program Information Contact:

Health Careers Department

Thomas Building
(309)999-4600