Respiratory Therapy

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
ENGC102 College Composition I (Accuplacer) 3 0 3
MTHCxxx Mathematics Elective (Accuplacer) 4 0 4
SCIC201 Anatomy and Physiology I (High School Chemistry or ISVC030). 3 3 4
RSPC110 Basics of Respiratory Care I
(SCIC201, RSPC121)
2 3 3
RSPC121 Respiratory Physiology
(RSPC110, SCIC201)
3 0 3
RSPC132 Pulmonary Evaluation I
(RSPC110, RSPC121)
1 0 1
Spring Semester (year 1)
HUMCxxx Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
SCIC202 Anatomy and Physiology II
3 3 4
RSPC122 Basics of Respiratory Care II
(SCIC201, RSPC110, RSPC121, )
2 3 3
RSPC214 Disease and Pharmacology I
(RSPC110, RSPC121)
3 0 3
RSPC180 Clinical Lab I (RSPC122, RSPC132) 0 0 3
Summer Semester (year 1)
RSPC115 Microbiology for Respiratory Care (Online)
1 0 1
RSPC190 Clinical Lab II
(SCIC202, RSPC122, RSPC132, RSPC161, RSPC214)
0 0 5
Fall Semester (year 2)
SOCCxxx Social Science Elective 3 0 3
RSPC211 Critical Care Respiratory Therapy (RSPC190) 2 3 3
RSPC226 Disease and Pharmacology II
3 0 3
RSPC233 Pulmonary Evaluation II
2 0 2
RSPC280 Clinical Lab III (RSPC211, RSPC226, RSPC233) 0 0 5
Spring Semester (year 2)
ENGCxxx English Elective (ENGC102) 3 0 3
RSPC213 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
2 0 2
RSPC219 Advanced Care Seminar
1 0 1
RSPC281 Clinical Lab IV (RSPC213, RSPC219) 0 0 8

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

Associate in Science Degree

(Day Program)

Respiratory Therapists are health care specialists who evaluate, test and treat people with breathing disorders. They are also a vital member of the hospital's emergency response team, guarding the airway and adjusting life support equipment.

Working under the supervision of a physician, the Respiratory Therapist will use oxygen, medications, and various procedures to help the lungs to function adequately. Some disorders that Respiratory Therapists treat include: asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, lung injuries and respiratory emergencies.

The program combines classroom and laboratory study at the college with supervised clinical affiliations in area hospitals and rehabilitation centers.* The program is designed to prepare the student to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist after two years of study.

Admission requirements:

The Respiratory Therapy application process is competitive. Applications must be complete at the latest by June 30th of each year. The class will be chosen in 2 stages. Early completed application will be examined and scored on April 1, and part of the class will be chosen at this time. The remaining class seats will be chosen on July 1. If the class still has seats remaining, a final review of applications will take place August 1.

Applicants are advised that criminal background checks are required by many clinical sites, state licensing agencies, and employers. Please consult with rogram faculty if you have any questions or concerns regarding background checks.

Students must pass all Respiratory Therapy courses with a grade of "C" or better to progress in the program.

The River Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is fully accredited through 2017 by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Commission on Accreditation of Repiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford Texas 76021-4244. (817) 283-2835.

*Affiliation sites are subject to availability.