Respiratory Care, AAS

The respiratory therapist is involved in a variety of lifesaving and life-supporting situations. Respiratory therapists treat patients ranging in age from newborns to senior citizens in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of lung problems. Employment is typically in hospitals but is available in several other health delivery venues. The health care needs of an aging population will play a role in the future of respiratory care.

JCCC’s associate of applied science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC www.coarc.com). Graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations for both the certified (CRT) and registered (RRT) respiratory therapist.

This is a selective admission program with limited enrollment. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the program website or contact JCCC program personnel for additional information and application materials at 913-469-2583.

Students must “pass” all clinical courses and maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all non-clinical courses to remain in the program.

(Major Code 237A; State CIP Code 51.0908)

Prerequisite Semester

CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry*5
BIOL 144Human Anatomy and Physiology*5
ENGL 121Composition I*3
Total Hours13
 

First Semester

RC 120Respiratory Structure and Function*2
RC 124Fundamentals of Respiratory Care*6
RC 131Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics*3
BIOL 230Microbiology*3
Total Hours14
 

Second Semester

RC 136Cardiopulmonary Diseases*3
RC 140Respiratory Care Pharmacology*2
RC 145Cardiopulmonary Critical Care I*5
RC 146Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care*2
Total Hours12
 

Third Semester

RC 255Cardiopulmonary Critical Care II*5
RC 271Respiratory Care Clinical Experience I*6
Social Science and/or Econoomics Elective3
Total Hours14
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Fourth Semester

RC 272Respiratory Care Clinical Experience II*6
RC 265Respiratory Care Program Capstone*3
Humanities/Art Elective3
Total Hours12
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Total Program Hours: 65