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Respiratory Therapy

Program Chair

Greg Carter, RRT
253.566.5231 gcarter@tacomacc.edu

The Respiratory Therapy program prepares students for employment as respiratory care practitioners and leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is full time and sequential, consisting of seven instructional quarters offered during daytime hours. Students complete classroom and laboratory course work on campus and gain clinical experience in affiliated clinical sites.

Upon successful program completion, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Respiratory Therapist examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Following CRT credential completion, graduates are eligible to take the Registered Respiratory Therapist examination. Upon passing this exam (both a written and a clinical simulation examination), graduates become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).

Respiratory therapists must be licensed by the state as respiratory care practitioners. Requirements include completion of an approved training program, a background investigation, and passing the entry-level certification examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program is competitive. There are usually more program applicants than available positions. Students who complete program prerequisite and co-requisite courses and meet the other application requirements are not guaranteed program admission.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy, students will:

  • Apply the respiratory care knowledge necessary to function in a health care setting.
  • Use critical thinking skills to recommend appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using patient data from laboratory and physiologic evaluations.
  • Perform cardiopulmonary therapeutic procedures and modalities appropriate to level of training.
  • Function effectively as members of health care teams.
  • Exemplify professional and ethical behavior.

NON-ACADEMIC PROGRAM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Contact the Respiratory Therapy program for information about:

  • Criminal and federal fraud background checks
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR ENTRY

  1. Prerequisite Coursework for Application (25 credits)

All prerequisites courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher and within two attempts before applications are accepted. All math and science prerequisite courses must be completed within 10-years of the application date.

BIOL& 241

Anatomy and Physiology 1

6

BIOL& 242

Anatomy and Physiology 2

6

HIM 130

Medical Terminology I

3

TMATH 100

Mathematics for the Health Sciences (recommended)

5

or MATH 095

Intermediate Algebra

 

PSYC& 100

General Psychology

5

or PSYC& 200

Lifespan Psychology

 

DEGREE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

(99-107 credits)

  1. 1st Quarter (fall 17 credits)

RC 150

Fundamentals of RC

4

RC 160

Cardiopulmonary A & P and Pathophysiology

4

RC 170

Respiratory Therapy Equipment I

3

RC 175

Respiratory Care Orientation

2

RC 180

Respiratory Therapy Clinical I

3

RC 193

Respiratory Pharmacology I

1

  1. 2nd Quarter (winter 14 credits)

RC 151

Fundamentals of RC II

4

RC 161

Arterial Blood Gases

3

RC 171

Respiratory Therapy Equipment II

3

RC 181

Respiratory Therapy Clinical II

3

RC 194

Respiratory Pharmacology II

1

  1. 3rd Quarter (spring 15 credits)

RC 152

Mechanical Ventilation

4

RC 162

Advanced RC Pathophysiology

3

RC 172

Respiratory Therapy Equipment III

4

RC 182

Respiratory Therapy Clinical III

3

RC 195

Respiratory Pharmacology III

1

  1. 4th Quarter (summer 16 credits)

CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication

5

RC 153

Alternative Procedures in RC

3

RC 165

Evolving Roles in RC

2

RC 183

Respiratory Therapy Clinical IV

4

RC 290

Ethics & Professionalism in Respiratory Care (online)

2

  1. 5th Quarter (second fall 14 credits)

RC 192

Advanced Mechanical Ventilation

4

RC 240

Advanced Assessment & Diagnosis

3

RC 263

Pulmonary Functions

3

RC 280

Specialty Clinical Rotation

4

  1. 6th Quarter (second winter 11-15 credits)

CU

Computer User course

1-5

RC 251

Respiratory Pathophysiology Case Presentations

2

RC 261

Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care

4

RC 281

Advanced Critical Care Clinical Rotation

4

  1. 7th Quarter (second spring 11 credits)

ENGL& 101

English Composition

5

RC 262

Review of Applications of Respiratory Care (hybrid)

4

RC 272

Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Home Care and Assistance in Specialty Procedures

3

RC 282

Neonatal Clinical Rotation

2

RC 283

Specialty Clinical Rotation II

2

  1. Additional Course Option (1-5 credits)

RC 299

Individual Study in Respiratory Therapy Technology

1-5

 
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