RC 265   Respiratory Care Program Capstone* (3 Hours)

Prerequisites : Admission to the Respiratory Care Program and RC 255 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 271 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Corequisites: RC 272.

This course is designed as a cumulative experience to prepare students for employment and the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations for the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential. In preparing for credential examination students will demonstrate knowledge and skill competency attainment expected of a skilled Respiratory Therapist. Exploration of subspecialty career options include home care, pulmonary rehabilitation and management. Students will be required to pass a comprehensive exam based on the current NBRC matrix for current board testing. Completed projects will document experiences and the knowledge base needed to assume the role of a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

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.