RC 271   Respiratory Care Clinical Experience I* (6 Hours)

Prerequisites : Admission to the Respiratory Care Program and RC 136 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 140 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 145 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 146 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Corequisites: RC 255.

This course is the clinical application of respiratory care therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Students will have the opportunity to work with patients under close supervision to further develop their skill and understanding of basic respiratory care procedures for adults and children. The course objectives advance throughout the semester to involve the students in all aspects of basic respiratory care for the acute care patient. As their comfort level and exposures progress, students are allowed to work with more critically ill patients.

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.