Health Sciences

Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care is a health specialty relating to the diagnosis, treatment, preventive and rehabilitative care of individuals suffering from deficiencies, diseases and abnormalities affecting the process of breathing.  They are trained to be members of the highly technical life support teams, patient educators and rehabilitation specialists.  Some graduates may choose to transfer to four-year colleges and universities for further study and additional degrees.  The completed program is transferrable to many colleges for those wanting to achieve a higher degree.

The Respiratory Care curriculum has a variety of program options sequenced to offer the student the greatest flexibility in achieving their career goals.  While the programs are listed separately, they are actually combined in a unique sequencing format.  They can be taken in phases.  Students may enter at any time into Phase I (Pre-Respiratory Care Certificate), which includes all the general education and related courses (English, math, anatomy and physiology, integrated science, etc.) required by the curriculum.  The student can take all or part of these courses prior to taking the professional courses.  The student determines the length of time they want to spend in this phase before moving into the next phase (Phase II).

Phase II may be started only in the fall semester and completes the technical or professional training.  Here, students study respiratory care procedures and concepts in class, laboratory and clinical facilities.  The curriculum blends classroom, laboratory and hospital experience.  Much of the time is spent in supervised patient-care learning while working with physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other members of the health care team at clinical sites. 

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Students graduating from the Respiratory Care program are eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Certification Examination and the Advanced Practitioner Credentialing Examinations given by the NBRC.  Upon successful completion of these registry examinations, graduates are designated as Registered Respiratory Therapists.  Graduates from the program are eligible to apply to the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners for state licensing.

Special Requirements

Students in the program are required to purchase and maintain two monogrammed uniforms, two lab coats, white shoes, stethoscope and a watch at an approximate cost of $150.  A graduation pin is available for approximately $40.

Students are required to join the professional association (AARC) at the student rate of $50 and attend some workshops and scheduled professional meetings at their own expense (approximately $150/year).

Students must attain a grade of “C” in all respiratory care, mathematics and science courses to successfully complete the program. Students may not repeat mathematics, science and/or major courses more than once and permitted to repeat no more than two different curriculum courses.

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements of the Health Sciences department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Respiratory Care program are:

Individual evaluations may be given to applicants who do not meet all of the above criteria.  Students must have a clinical observation before being interviewed.

Major:  Respiratory Care (82 credit hours)
Degree:  Associate in Health Science

A.

General Education Course Requirements (15 credit hours)

 

 

 

 

Credit Hours

 

ENG 101

English Composition I @

3.0

 

ENG 102

English Composition II @

3.0

 

MAT 102

Intermediate Algebra@

3.0

 

PSY 201

General Psychology @

3.0

 

 

Approved Humanities Course @

  3.0

 

 

Subtotal

15.0

       

Major courses meeting other college general education core requirements are starred (*) below.

 

 

 

 

B.

Major Course Requirements (36 credit hours)

 

 

 

 

Credit Hours

 

RES 101

Introduction to Respiratory Care

3.0

 

RES 110

Cardiopulmonary Science I

2.0

 

RES 121

Respiratory Skills I

4.0

 

RES 150

Clinical Applications I

4.0

 

RES 152

Clinical Applications II*

3.0

 

RES 204

Neonatal/Pediatric Care

3.0

 

RES 235

Respiratory Diagnostics

4.0

 

RES 244

Advanced Respiratory Skills

4.0

 

RES 255

Clinical Practice

5.0

 

RES 277

Advanced Clinical Practice II

  4.0

 

 

Subtotal

36.0

       

C.

Additional Course Requirements (31 credit hours)

 

 

 

 

Credit Hours

 

CPT 170

Microcomputer Applications *@

3.0

 

BIO 112

Basic Anatomy and Physiology*@

4.0

 

PHS 115

Integrated Science @

4.0

 

RES 111

Pathophysiology

2.0

 

RES 125

Cardiopulmonary Physiology

2.0

 

RES 131

Respiratory Skills II

4.0

 

RES 220

Homodynamic Monitoring

1.0

 

RES 232

Respiratory Therapeutics

2.0

 

RES 241

Respiratory Care Transition

1.0

 

RES 242

Advanced Respiratory Care Transition

1.0

 

RES 246

Respiratory Pharmacology

2.0

 

RES 275

Advanced Clinical Practice I

  5.0

 

 

Subtotal

31.0

       

 

 

Total Credit Hours:

82.0

       

Recommended additional courses:

 

 

AHS 102

Medical Terminology

3.0

 

AHS 142

Phlebotomy

2.0

 

AHS 145

Electrocardiography

2.0

 

BIO 210

Anatomy and Physiology I

4.0

 

BIO 211

Anatomy and Physiology II

4.0

Note:  Courses denoted with @ are part of the Phase I Pre-Respiratory Therapy Certificate.