Respiratory Care, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

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:

  1. evaluate data to assess the cardiopulmonary status of a patient and appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care.
  2. develop respiratory care plans in a variety of settings and modify if necessary.
  3. initiate appropriate therapeutic interventions, monitor patient responses, and modify therapy to achieve goals.
  4. promote cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention and management, and patient/family/community education.
  5. perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in a safe and effective manner.
  6. apply problem-solving strategies in the patient care setting.
  7. demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  8. conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.

Program of Study

Career General Education
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
Select one of the following:3
College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
Communication Between Cultures
Health Communication
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
Program Requirements
RC 100Foundations of Respiratory Care3
RC 110Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology3
RC 120Respiratory Care Practices I5
RC 130Patient Assessment3
RC 140Respiratory Pharmacology2
RC 150Respiratory Care Practices II4
RC 160Mechanical Ventilation I4
RC 170Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I1
RC 180Cardiopulmonary Diseases3
RC 190Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II1
RC 200Adult Critical Care3
RC 210Mechanical Ventilation II4
RC 220Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care3
RC 230Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III2
RC 240Respiratory Care Specialties3
RC 250Respiratory Care Capstone4
RC 260Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV2
Total Credit Hours70

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. 

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Courses to be Completed Prior to Semester 1 
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
Total Credit Hours8
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 100 Foundations of Respiratory Care3Reading Proficiency.
RC 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology3BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 120 Respiratory Care Practices I5BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 130 Patient Assessment3BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours14
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 140 Respiratory Pharmacology2RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 150 Respiratory Care Practices II4RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 160 Mechanical Ventilation I4RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 170 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I1RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
Credit Hours14
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 180 Cardiopulmonary Diseases3RC 140, RC 150, RC 160, RC 170, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 190 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II1RC 140, RC 150, RC 160, RC 170 and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours4
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 200 Adult Critical Care3RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 210 Mechanical Ventilation II4RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 220 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care3RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.
RC 230 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III2RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
or Health Communication
or Communication Between Cultures
3ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 240 Respiratory Care Specialties3RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
RC 250 Respiratory Care Capstone4RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.Complete National Board Review Exams
RC 260 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV2RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours62

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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.