Tuesday – November 21, 2017

Respiratory Therapist (2017-2018)

 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care logoAssociate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-515-1

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

 

Overview — Learn to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with lung and heart disease. Clinical experiences are gained in a variety of healthcare settings.

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 license 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 Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Work continues to develop the program into a fully embedded Career Pathway.


Career Outlook — Respiratory therapists work in acute and subacute hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, clinics and home care. 

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

HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.

The following are also required for admission:

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


Grade of B- or higher required in all NATSCI courses.

 

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
Radiography
Registered Nursing
Surgical Technology

 

Start Date: August
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.
 

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

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


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

   

and 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

 

    RESPC-145 Respiratory Care Registry Review ‡    
    FLANG-105 Spanish for Nursing    
    OFTECH-103 Keyboard and Keypad    


TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

S = Summer

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

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.


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

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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated October 2017.