Respiratory Care

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.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Respiratory Care (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3284
Total Credits Required
80.5-98
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. 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).
  2. Demonstrate assessment and evaluation of the patient in keeping with the application of appropriate care that aligns with established hospital regulations and standards.
  3. Utilize technology in the management of patients.
  4. Demonstrate the ethical and professional standards expected of respiratory care professionals.
  5. Communicate information regarding clinical status to appropriate members of the health care team.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

$115,140

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

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 Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1 Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1 Prerequisites
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra Critical course Gateway course 3–6
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 or MAT155.
Note that MAT156 is not allowed to fill this requirement due to accreditation.
MA 3–5
HCC/RES109 CPR for Health Care Provider Gateway course American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification 0–0.5
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2 Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2 Prerequisites
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II If student takes BIO160 in first term, does not need to take BIO202 in this term. SG 0–4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry Critical course SQ 3
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory Critical course SQ 1
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment. L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
RES118 Vascular Access in Respiratory Care Practice 0.5
RES130 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I Gateway course 4.5
RES131 Infection Control for Respiratory Care 1
RES133 Respiratory Care Clinical Seminar 2
RES134 Respiratory Care Pharmacology I 2
RES136 Applied Biophysics for Respiratory Care Critical course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES140 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II Gateway course 5
RES142 Respiratory Care Clinical I 4
RES144 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation 1
RES224 Pathophysiology for Respiratory Care 2
RES240 Respiratory Physiology Critical course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication students may not take COM225 SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Students wishing to earn an AGEC-A must have 6 credits in HU courses with the appropriate designations.Recommend a single course with the [HU] general studies designation meeting the Awareness Area [C], [G], and/or [H]. See the AGEC Matrix for course designations. HU 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES220 Respiratory Care Fundamentals III Critical course Gateway course 4.5
RES226 Respiratory Care Clinical II 4
RES235 Respiratory Care Pharmacology II 2
RES270 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES230 Respiratory Care Fundamentals IV 4
RES232 Respiratory Care Clinical III 4
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
HES100 Healthful Living Recommended for students seeking university transfer. SB 0–3

Part-time Sequence

This option may include variable full-time (12 to 18 credits per semester) and/or part-time (11 credit hours or less per semester) status by term due to course prerequisites and scheduling

Term 1 Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1 Prerequisites
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Students wishing to earn an AGEC-A must have 6 credits in HU courses with the appropriate designations.
Recommend a single course with the [HU] general studies designation meeting the Awareness Area [C], [G], and/or [H]. See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
HU 3

Term 2 Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2 Prerequisites
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra Critical course Gateway course 3–6
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 or MAT155.
Note that MAT156 is not allowed to fill this requirement due to accreditation.
MA 3–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment. L 0–3

Term 3 Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3 Prerequisites
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HCC/RES109 CPR for Health Care Provider Gateway course American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification 0–0.5
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 4 Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4 Prerequisites
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II If student takes BIO160 in first term, does not need to take BIO202 in this term. SG 0–4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry Critical course SQ 3
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory Critical course SQ 1

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES118 Vascular Access in Respiratory Care Practice 0.5
RES130 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I Gateway course 4.5
RES131 Infection Control for Respiratory Care 1
RES133 Respiratory Care Clinical Seminar 2
RES134 Respiratory Care Pharmacology I 2
RES136 Applied Biophysics for Respiratory Care Critical course 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES140 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II Gateway course 5
RES142 Respiratory Care Clinical I 4
RES144 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation 1
RES224 Pathophysiology for Respiratory Care 2
RES240 Respiratory Physiology Critical course 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication students may not take COM225 SB 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES220 Respiratory Care Fundamentals III Critical course Gateway course 4.5
RES226 Respiratory Care Clinical II 4
RES235 Respiratory Care Pharmacology II 2
RES270 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES230 Respiratory Care Fundamentals IV 4
RES232 Respiratory Care Clinical III 4
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
HES100 Healthful Living Recommended for students seeking university transfer. SB 0–3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=149246).


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