RC 124 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care* (6 Hours)
Prerequisites or corequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course covers therapeutic modalities and equipment used in respiratory care. Medical gas production and storage is also addressed. Emphasis is on patient assessment, clinical application of therapies, therapy evaluation and communication techniques. The course also examines the roles of respiratory care in the healthcare system and basic respiratory care services scope. The role the respiratory care practitioner assumes in an organization and the operation of a respiratory care department are also introduced.
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) Respiratory Care Prerequisite Semester CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry* 5 BIOL 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology* 5 ENGL 121 Composition I* 3 Total Hours 13 First Semester RC 120 Respiratory Structure and Function* 2 RC 124 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care* 6 RC 131 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics* 3 BIOL 230 Microbiology* 3 Total Hours 14 Second Semester RC 136 Cardiopulmonary Diseases* 3 RC 140 Respiratory Care Pharmacology* 2 RC 145 Cardiopulmonary Critical Care I* 5 RC 146 Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care* 2 Total Hours 12 Third Semester RC 255 Cardiopulmonary Critical Care II* 5 RC 271 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience I* 6 Social Science and/or Economics Elective 3 Total Hours 14 ^ See all AAS general education electives Fourth Semester RC 272 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience II* 6 RC 265 Respiratory Care Program Capstone* 3 Humanities/Art Elective 3 Total Hours 12 ^ See all AAS general education electives Total Program Hours: 65