Respiratory Care, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

This program prepares students for positions as respiratory therapists. Students learn to administer treatment(s) or conduct tests on persons with lung and heart ailments, as ordered by a patient’s physician. The program includes natural sciences, humanities, and respiratory therapy courses, in addition to clinical practice at area health facilities.

Persons interested in the program should be team-oriented, compassionate individuals who derive satisfaction from helping others in time of crisis. They also should be able to tolerate moderate physical activity, long hours of standing, and be able to work effectively under stress.

Graduates are eligible to challenge the Therapist Multiple Choice and Clinical Simulation examinations offered through the National Board for Respiratory Care in order to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapy credential. Employment is available through hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, education, equipment sales and marketing. This program has many prerequisites based on professional standards. See an advisor for further information.

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Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I3
ENG 102College Composition II3
MTH 124Technical Mathematics I (or higher)3-4
CHM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I5
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
PSY 200General Psychology3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
RTH 120Introduction to Respiratory Care and Respiratory Physics5
RTH 121Orientation to the Hospital2
RTH 125Airway Management3
RTH 126Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation3
RTH 127Respiratory Pharmacology2
RTH 128Arterial Blood Gases2
RTH 131Pediatric Respiratory Care3
RTH 140Respiratory Care Clinical I1
RTH 146Clinical Level II3
RTH 220Pulmonary Pathophysiology3
RTH 221Critical Care Monitoring 2
RTH 222Cardiopulmonary Physiology2
RTH 223Mechanical Ventilation: A Clinical Approach4
RTH 225Pulmonary Function Testing3
RTH 228N.B.R.C. Review2
RTH 240Respiratory Care Clinical III2
RTH 245Respiratory Care Clinical IV2
Total Credit Hours78-79