The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Care degree provides education in patient services to assess, provide treatment, perform diagnostic procedures, and teach patients that have cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. Curriculum includes experiences in the hospital critical care, trauma, emergency departments, and operating rooms, patient's home, physicians' offices, and out-patient clinics in preparation for employment. The program focuses on principles for respiratory therapists to utilize advanced technology in life support systems, administer medications, and perform many techniques to assist patients in the healing process.
Successful completion of the AAS degree in Respiratory Care enables the program graduates to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination and Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). Passing both of these exams is required to earn the RRT credential and make the graduate eligible to obtain their license to practice professionally.
The AAS degree may be transferred to a university or college applied science program or other degree program in health science or a related field.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Students interested in transferring to Arizona public state universities can satisfy the relevant Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) and transfer requirements by completing the following courses:
1. A single course with the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] general studies designation meeting the Awareness Area [C], [G], and/or [H]. See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
2. MAT150 College Algebra/Functions or higher.
3. If student tests out of CRE101, a single course with the [L] general studies designation. See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
4. A single course with the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]. See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|Students are eligible to apply to the Respiratory Care program once they have completed all prerequisite courses or are in the last semester of prerequisite course work.|
|Program Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program of study.|
|BIO160||Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR|
|BIO201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND|
|BIO202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)||4-8|
|CHM130LL||Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR|
|Equivalent as indicated by assessment||0-3|
|ENG101||First-Year Composition (3) OR|
|ENG107||First-Year Composition for ESL (3)||3|
|MAT120||Intermediate Algebra (5) OR|
|MAT121||Intermediate Algebra (4) OR|
|MAT122||Intermediate Algebra (3) OR|
|Equivalent course OR Satisfactory completion of higher-level algebra course||3-5|
|Note: Students considering university transfer should take:|
|HCC/RES109||CPR for Health Care Provider (0.5) OR|
|American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification 0-0.5|
1. Formal admission to the program is required.
2. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.
3. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy.
4. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|RES118||Vascular Access in Respiratory Care Practice||0.5|
|RES130||Respiratory Care Fundamentals I||5|
|RES131||Infection Control for Respiratory Care||1|
|RES133||Respiratory Care Clinical Seminar||3|
|RES134||Respiratory Care Pharmacology I||2|
|RES136||Applied Biophysics for Respiratory Care||3|
|RES140||Respiratory Care Fundamentals II||5|
|RES142||Respiratory Care Clinical I||4|
|RES144||Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation||1|
|RES220||Respiratory Care Fundamentals III||5|
|RES224||Pathophysiology for Respiratory Care||2|
|RES226||Respiratory Care Clinical II||4|
|RES230||Respiratory Care Fundamentals IV||4|
|RES232||Respiratory Care Clinical III||4|
|RES235||Respiratory Care Pharmacology II||2|
|RES270||Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care||2|
|RES280||Respiratory Care Review||2|
|RES291||Respiratory Care Advanced Life Support||1|
|RES292||Respiratory Care Pediatric Advanced Life Support||1|
|RES297||Respiratory Care Seminar||2|
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|Optional: Students seeking university transfer may select zero (0) to six (6) credits from the courses below:|
|General Education Requirement||Credits: 12|
|General Education Core||Credits: 6|
|First-Year Composition||Credits: 3|
|Three (3) credits of First Year Composition are met by ENG101 or ENG107 in the Program Prerequisites area.|
|ENG102||First-Year Composition (3) OR|
|ENG108||First-Year Composition for ESL (3)|
|Oral Communication||Credits: 3|
|Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area except COM225 Public Speaking.||3|
|Critical Reading||Credits: 0|
|Met by CRE101 or equivalent as indicated by assessment in the Program Prerequisites area.|
|Met by MAT120 or MAT121 or MAT122 or equivalent course or higher-level algebra course in the Program Prerequisites area.|
|Students considering university transfer should take:|
|General Education Distribution||Credits: 6|
|Humanities and Fine Arts||Credits: 3|
|Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.||3|
|Recommend a 3-credit Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] general studies designation meeting the Awareness Area [C], [G], and/or [H]. See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||Credits: 3|
|PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|In addition to PSY101, students considering university transfer should take:|
|Natural Sciences||Credits: 0|
|Met by CHM130 and CHM130LL in the Program Prerequisites area.|
- Prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). (RES130, RES140, RES220, RES230, RES280, RES297, BIO160, BIO201, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, HCC/RES109, PSY101, (CRE), [FYC], (COM), [MA])
- Demonstrate assessment and evaluation of the patient in keeping with the application of appropriate care that aligns with established hospital regulations and standards. (RES142, RES226, RES232, RES240, CHM130, CHM130LL)
- Utilize technology in the management of patients. (RES118, RES133, RES142, RES144, RES220, RES226, RES230, RES232, [MA])
- Demonstrate the ethical and professional standards expected of respiratory care professionals. (RES118, RES130, RES131, RES133, RES134, RES136, RES140, RES142, RES144, RES220, RES224, RES226, RES235, RES230, RES232, RES235, RES240, RES270, RES280, RES291, RES292, RES297, [HU])
- Communicate information regarding clinical status to appropriate members of the health care team. (RES130, RES140, RES142, RES220, RES226, RES230, RES232, RES297, (COM), [FYC])
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.