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Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science

Respiratory Care – Associate in Applied Science (RECA.AAS)

Respiratory care is an allied health profession whose practitioners focus on diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disorders and diseases. A respiratory care practitioner can be instrumental in assisting a physician in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide spectrum of disorders affecting the heart and lungs, and specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory to practical, clinical problems of respiratory care. A respiratory care practitioner is qualified to assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including responsibilities involved in supervision of respiratory technician functions.

This is a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The curriculum consists of integrated didactic and clinical course work in approved clinical education affiliates. The program is designed to prepare the student for employment in the field of respiratory care. Positions are located within hospitals, long-term care facilities and other outpatient settings.

Upon successful completion, students are eligible to write the national Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams. Satisfactory completion of the NBRC board certifying exams allow the respiratory care practitioner to use the initials of RRT, Registered Respiratory Therapist. Admission to the program is not guaranteed: entry into the program is competitive and based on a “points system.” The order of acceptance of qualified applicants will be based on points achieved.

Minimum credits89
Minimum cumulative GPA2.0
Minimum grade in all courses2.0
Minimum grade in BIO 132 or BIO 155 or
BIO 253/254 and MAT 131
3.0
Minimum JC credits15
MACRAO AgreementNo

ADO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly (6 credits)

Take the following:

ADO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning (4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning (4-5 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, the principles which govern them and their implications for the present and future (3 credits)

Take the following:

ADO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 7: Think critically

Program courses meet this requirement.

ADO 8: Make responsible decisions in personal and professional contexts (1-3 credits)

Program courses, RES 115 or RES 125, meet this requirement.

ADO 9: Work productively with others, recognizing individual contributions to group success

Program courses meet this requirement.

ADO 10: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Program courses, RES 205, RES 225, COM 231 or COM 240, meet this requirement.


Respiratory Care Related Requirements – (10 credits)

Take the following:

Respiratory Care Core Requirements – (55 credits)

Take the following:

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* You may meet this prerequisite based on your course placement, ACT score or successful college coursework. Visit our web site for current assessment options and requirements.

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