RC 124   Fundamentals of Respiratory Care* (6 Hours)

Prerequisites : Admission to the Respiratory Care Program and BIOL 144 with a grade of "C" or higher and CHEM 122 with a grade of "C" or higher and ENGL 121 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Corequisites: RC 120 and RC 131.

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.

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.