Respiratory Care, Associate in Applied Science
This program prepares students for positions as respiratory therapists. Students learn to evaluate, treat, and manage patients with cardiopulmonary disorders in a variety of settings. Persons interested in the program should be team-oriented, compassionate individuals who derive satisfaction from helping others in time of need. They also should be able to tolerate moderate physical activity and long hours of standing, and work effectively under stress.
Graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice and Clinical Simulation examinations offered through the National Board for Respiratory Care in order to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credential. Employment is available through hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, rehabilitation centers, education, and medical equipment sales.
The program includes courses in natural sciences, humanities, and respiratory care, in addition to clinical practice at area health facilities. This program has prerequisites based on professional standards. Contact an advisor at the Forest Park campus for further information.
The Respiratory Care Program at St. Louis Community College is fully accredited as an entry-level program by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835.
Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to:
- evaluate data to assess the cardiopulmonary status of a patient and appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care.
- develop respiratory care plans in a variety of settings and modify if necessary.
- initiate appropriate therapeutic interventions, monitor patient responses, and modify therapy to achieve goals.
- promote cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention and management, and patient/family/community education.
- perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in a safe and effective manner.
- apply problem-solving strategies in the patient care setting.
- demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.
Program of Study
|Career General Education|
|BIO 207||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3|
|XXX xxx||Missouri State Requirement||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)|
|Communication Between Cultures|
|PSY 200||General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)||3|
|RC 100||Foundations of Respiratory Care||3|
|RC 110||Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|RC 120||Respiratory Care Practices I||5|
|RC 130||Patient Assessment||3|
|RC 140||Respiratory Pharmacology||2|
|RC 150||Respiratory Care Practices II||4|
|RC 160||Mechanical Ventilation I||4|
|RC 170||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I||1|
|RC 180||Cardiopulmonary Diseases||3|
|RC 190||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II||1|
|RC 200||Adult Critical Care||3|
|RC 210||Mechanical Ventilation II||4|
|RC 220||Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care||3|
|RC 230||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III||2|
|RC 240||Respiratory Care Specialties||3|
|RC 250||Respiratory Care Capstone||4|
|RC 260||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV||2|
|Total Credit Hours||70|
This plan is a suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. It is designed to keep you on track for a timely graduation. This plan is not a substitute for academic advising. Contact an advisor for further information regarding placement based on Placement exam scores, scheduling, degree requirements, and graduation requirements. The Respiratory Care Program has additional admission criteria that must be met in order to enroll in the Respiratory courses. Contact an advisor or the Program Coordinator for specific information.
Additional information is available at https://www.stlcc.edu/programs-academics/pathways/health-sciences/respiratory-care/index.aspx
Courses to be Completed Prior to Semester 1
|BIO 207||Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)||4|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|Total Credit Hours||8|
|RC 100||Foundations of Respiratory Care||3||Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 110||Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology||3||BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 120||Respiratory Care Practices I||5||BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 130||Patient Assessment||3||BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 140||Respiratory Pharmacology||2||RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 150||Respiratory Care Practices II||4||RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 160||Mechanical Ventilation I||4||RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 170||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I||1||RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.|
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3||ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.|
|RC 180||Cardiopulmonary Diseases||3||RC 140, RC 150, RC 160, RC 170, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 190||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II||1||RC 140, RC 150, RC 160, RC 170 and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 200||Adult Critical Care||3||RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 210||Mechanical Ventilation II||4||RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 220||Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care||3||RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 230||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III||2||RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.|
|ENG 102|| College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)|
or Health Communication
or Communication Between Cultures
|3||ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval and Reading Proficiency.|
|RC 240||Respiratory Care Specialties||3||RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.||Apply for graduation|
|RC 250||Respiratory Care Capstone||4||RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.||Complete National Board Review Exams|
|RC 260||Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV||2||RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.|
|PSY 200||General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)||3||Reading Proficiency.|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective Designated as Civics||3|
|Total Credit Hours||62|
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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.
*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice. Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.