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Respiratory Therapist

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care logoAssociate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-515-1

For Information:

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC


Overview — This associate degree program is designed to prepare you to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with lung and heart disease. Clinical experiences are gained in a variety of healthcare settings. Selected first semester courses may be taken on a part-time basis. Program graduates are qualified to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC) through 2022. 

Successful completion of the program and the NBRC Certified Respiratory Therapist examination provides an opportunity to obtain a certificate as a Respiratory Care Practitioner granted by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. NBRC examinations leading to qualification as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) as well as advanced credentials in pulmonary function (CPFT and RPFT) and perinatal/pediatrics are available. 


Career Outlook
— Respiratory therapists work in acute and subacute hospitals. Additional job opportunities include diagnostic laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, clinics and home care. An aging population and a rise in the number of cardiopulmonary disorders being diagnosed have lead to growth in job opportunities.

Respiratory therapists administer treatments, recommend therapeutic interventions, operate life support systems, perform CPR and airway management, provide patient education and conduct cardiopulmonary testing. For additional career information, visit www.aarc.org

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

• Apply respiratory therapy concepts to patient care situations

• Demonstrate technical proficiency required to fulfill the role of a respiratory therapist

• Practice respiratory therapy according to established professional and ethical standards

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process


The following are also required for admission:

• A high school diploma or GED
• One year of high school-level biology and chemistry
• Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


All 
Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

 

Accreditation Information — The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC) is the sole nationally recognized authority for the accreditation of first professional degree programs in respiratory care. For additional information, visit www.coarc.com

Additional respiratory therapist websites:
The National Board for Respiratory Care: www.nbrc.org
The Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care: www.wsrconline.org
American Association for Respiratory Care: www.aarc.org

 

Possible Careers:
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

 

Related Programs:
Anesthesia Technology
Cardiovascular Technology
Radiography
Registered Nursing
Surgical Technology

 

Start Date: August

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology

3

(1)

RESPC-111

Respiratory Survey ‡

3

(1)

 

RESPC-171

Respiratory Therapeutics 1 ‡

3

 

(2)

 

RESPC-172

Respiratory Therapeutics 2 ‡

3

 

(2)

 

RESPC-112

Respiratory Airway Management ‡

2

 

(2)

 

RESPC-173

Respiratory Pharmacology ‡

3

 

(2)

RESPC-174

Respiratory/Cardiac Physiology ‡

3

(S)

 

RESPC-175

Respiratory Clinical 1 ‡

2

 

(3)

 

RESPC-176

Respiratory Disease ‡

3

 

(3)

 

RESPC-113

Respiratory Life Support ‡

3

 

(3)

 

RESPC-178

Respiratory Clinical 2 ‡

3

 

(3)

 

RESPC-179

Respiratory Clinical 3 ‡

3

 

(3)

 

RESPC-180

Respiratory Neonatal/Pediatrics Care ‡

2

 

(4)

 

RESPC-181

Respiratory/Cardio Diagnostics ‡

3

 

(4)

 

RESPC-182

Respiratory Clinical 4 ‡

3

 

(4)

 

RESPC-183

Respiratory Clinical 5 ‡

3

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 

(or) Any 200-series ECON course

 


ENG-151 and


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

(or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 


NATSCI-177


General Anatomy and Physiology ‡


4

 

      (or) NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202
   


NATSCI-197


Microbiology ‡


4

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society


3

 

 

(or) Any 200-series SOCSCI or HIST course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTIVES

Suggested Electives: Two Credits Needed  

     2

 

 

 

HRMGT-169

Diversity and Change Management

 

 

 

FLANG-105

Spanish for Nursing

 

OFTECH-103

Keyboard and Keypad

    RESPC-145 Respiratory Care Registry Review ‡    

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

S = Summer

All Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.


Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with the GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.