Respiratory Therapy Curriculum
Courses in the TCC Respiratory Therapy program
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Respiratory Therapy starts fall quarter and runs for seven consecutive quarters. Please note that this program requires students to attend summer quarter classes during their first year.
In addition to the Respiratory Therapy curriculum, students must complete prerequisite and co-requisite courses.
TCC's Respiratory Therapy is 117 - 127 credits.
Here are recommended schedules:
|First Quarter||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Fall||RC 175**||Respiratory Care Orientation||2|
|RC 150||Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I||4|
|RC 263||Pulmonary Functions||3|
|RC 180||Respiratory Therapy Clinical I||3|
|RC 193||Respiratory Pharmacology I||1|
|Second Quarter||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Winter||RC 151||Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 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|
|Third Quarter||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Spring||RC 152||Mechanical Ventilation||4|
|RC 162||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|RC 172||Respiratory Therapy Equipment III||4|
|RC 182||Respiratory Therapy Clinical III||3|
|RC 195||Respiratory Pharmacology III||1|
|Fourth Quarter||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Summer||CMST 101||Introduction to Communication||5|
|RC 153||Alternative Procedures in Respiratory Therapy||3|
|RC 165||Evolving Roles in Respiratory Therapy||2|
|RC 183||Respiratory Therapy Clinical IV||4|
|RC 290||Ethics & Professionalism in Respiratory Care||2|
|Fifth Quarter||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Second Fall||RC 192||Advanced Mechanical Ventilation||4|
|RC 240||Advanced Assessment & Diagnosis||3|
|RC 280||Specialty Clinical Rotation||4|
|Sixth Quarter||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Second Winter||Computers||Word I, Excel I, and/or Power Point||1-5 (variable)|
|RC 251||Respiratory Pathophysiology Cases||2|
|RC 261||Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care||4|
|RC 281||Advance Critical Care Clinical Rotation||4|
|Seventh Quarter||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Second Spring||ENGL 101||English Composition||5|
|RC 262||Review of Application of Respiratory Care (hybrid)||4|
|RC 272||Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Home Care
& Assistance in Specialty Procedures
|RC 282||Neonatal Clinical Rotation||2|
|RC 283||Specialty Clinical Rotation II||2|
* If students have already completed co-requisite classes, RC 299 (Independent Study)
can be substituted for 1-5 credits as needed at any point during the program.
** The orientation is a week-long class. The class is completed between Summer and Fall Quarters.
Additional Optional Program Course
Individual Study (RC 299)............................................................................... 1-5 variable
Total Program Credits........................................................................................128-132
Research Careers for this area of study.
Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rate information posted by Tacoma Community College.
Need help paying for college? You may be eligible for scholarships and financial aid.
Once accepted into the program, there are 7 quarters of Respiratory Therapy courses. Tuition and fee rates are based on WA resident rates (2018-2019) academic year, and are subject to change by Washington State Legislature.
|1st Quarter - 17 credits||$1,448.72|
|2nd Quarter - 14 credits||$1,288.94|
|3rd Quarter - 15 credits||$1,342.20|
|4th Quarter - 16 credits||$1,395.46|
|5th Quarter - 11 credits||$1,129.16|
|6th Quarter - 11-15 credits||$1,129.16-$1,342.20|
|7th Quarter - 16 credits||$1,395.46|
Additional fees added at the time of registration include:
Facility Fee - $.50 per credit to 15 credits, maximum rate $7.50; Technology Fee - $1.75 per credit to 10 credits, maximum rate $17.50; Safety Fee - $15.00 per student; Health and Wellness Center Fee - $30.00; Early Ed. Childcare Building Fee - $12.50; Student Center Building Fee - $15.00; eLearning Fee (for web enhanced, hybrid, or online courses) - $6/credit; Course Fees - as displayed in class schedule for individual classes.
Approximate Miscellaneous Costs
|Course, Lab and Clinical Fees||$250|
|Uniform (Scrubs) per set||$50|
|Watch with Second Hand||Variable|
|Conference fees (Vary by Location)||$250|
|Trajecsys Clinical Report System||$150|
|Verified Credentials Background Check and Health Clearance Tracking||$82.50|
|Clinical Placements Northwest (CPNW)||$75/year|
|Washington State Patrol Criminal Background Check||$12/year|
Graduation and National Board Examination Fees
|Therapist Multiple Choice Exam||$190|
|Clinical Simulation Exam||$200|
|State License Fee||$140|
|Graduation Regalia (Optional)||$25|
*Tuition costs are subject to change and reflect 2018-2019 rates.