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Respiratory Care - AAS

SCC’s Respiratory Care program was created to meet the need for respiratory care professionals locally and in the surrounding communities.

Respiratory Care is a specialty field in the health occupation career field. Simply stated, "It deals with everything to do with the heart and lungs from babies through adulthood." This field is growing rapidly and has a great demand for graduates with an associate degree in respiratory care. Respiratory care ranks among the Top 20 fastest growing occupations for the 21st century.

This two-year program includes clinical studies. These clinical studies consist of hands-on training that will take place in rotating hospitals within a 75-mile radius. Graduates of this program will be able to initiate, conduct, or modify respiratory care techniques in emergency and non-emergency settings.

Upon successful graduation from the Advanced Respiratory Care Program, the student will be eligible to sit for the following credentialing exams offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care, NBRC: National Certification Exam and the National Registry. Upon satisfactory completion, students can obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential.

The respiratory care program is a two-year advanced level therapist program and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835

Program Outcome and Accreditation Information
 
Career Outlook
Median wages (2013): $22.85 hourly, $47,500 annually
Projected Growth 2012 -2022: (20% or higher)
 
Instructor and Staff Facts
Stacy Lewis-Sells - Instructor, Program Coordinator - ext. 5204
Email: ssells@scciowa.edu
AAS, Kirkwood Community College
BHS, University of Missouri-Columbia
Ed.M., University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Suellen Carmody-Menzer - Instructor, ext. 5214
Email: scarmody-menzer@scciowa.edu
AAS, Kirkwood Community College
BBA, American InterContinental University
 

 

Respiratory Care - AAS

 
 Fall SemesterLec.Lab.Credit
  BIO-163 ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 3 2 4
  BIO-186 MICROBIOLOGY 3 2 4
  ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3 0 3
  RCP-230 INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE 3 4 5
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 12816
 
 Spring Semester   
  RCP-330 RESPIRATORY CARE II 4 2 5
  RCP-350 PULMONARY PATHOLOGY 3 0 3
  RCP-751 RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC I 0 15 5
  SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3 0 3
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 101716
 
 Summer Semester   
  PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3 0 3
  RCP-524 RESPIRATORY CARE III 4.5 1 5
  RCP-757 RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC II 1 4.5 2.5
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 8.55.510.5
 
 Fall Semester   
  RCP-440 CARDIO/PULMONARY DIAGNOSTICS 2 0 2
  RCP-450 RESPIRATORY CARE IV 2.5 1 3
  RCP-620 NEONATAL/PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE 3 4 5
  RCP-761 RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC III 0 15 5
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 7.52015
 
 Spring Semester   
  RCP-766 RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC IV 0 21 7
  RCP-810 RESPIRATORY CARE PROFESSIONAL 2 0 2
  RCP-880 RESPIRATORY CARE V 4 2 5
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 62314

Respiratory Care - AAS

 

BIO-163 - ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 2Credit: 4

Description: This introductory course is designed for the student needing a one-semester combined anatomy and physiology course with laboratory. All systems will be covered with greater emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune and urinary systems. This course also provides background for the more advanced course, BIO-177, Human Anatomy.

 

BIO-186 - MICROBIOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 2Credit: 4

Description: A study of microbial populations and their relationships to the human in health and diseases. Prerequisite: BIO-252 with a minimum grade of C.

 

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Mandatory COMPASS or ACT test score and madatory eWrite score (per SCC Writing Scores & Mandatory Course Placement Chart), or a C- or above in ENG-061, College Preparatory Writing II. No waivers.

 

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

 

RCP-230 - INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE

Lecture: 3Lab: 4Credit: 5

Description: This course is an introduction to Respiratory Care, including basic equipment and therapeutic modalities for entry-level practice. Emphasis will be placed on preparing the student for patient encounters and the skills needed to provide competent entry-level care in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: Admission to program.

 

RCP-330 - RESPIRATORY CARE II

Lecture: 4Lab: 2Credit: 5

Description: This course is a continuation of RCP-230 and will build on the equipment and therapeutic modalities essential to clinical practice. Major topics include electrocardiograms, airway management and airway clearance techniques, arterial blood gases, assessment of respiratory failure and methods of non-invasive ventilation. Prerequisites: RCP-230, BIO-163. Corequisites: RCP-350, RCP-751.

 

RCP-350 - PULMONARY PATHOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: This course presents an overview of acute and chronic diseases affecting the pulmonary system. Diagnosis, assessment, treatment and management of the disease will be discussed. Corequisite: RCP-330.

 

RCP-440 - CARDIO/PULMONARY DIAGNOSTICS

Lecture: 2Lab: 0Credit: 2

Description: This course will present various cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests and the role of the respiratory care practitioner. Contents included: pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, specialized test regimens and quality assurance in the pulmonary function laboratory. Prerequisite: RCP-524, RCP-350..

 

RCP-450 - RESPIRATORY CARE IV

Lecture: 2.5Lab: 1Credit: 3

Description: This course will focus on advanced equipment and therapeutic modalities used in the practice of Respiratory Care. Major topics include ECGs, hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac pharmacology, polysomnography and pulmonary rehabilitation. Prerequisite: RCP-524. Corequisites: RCP-440 and RCP-620.

 

RCP-524 - RESPIRATORY CARE III

Lecture: 4.5Lab: 1Credit: 5

Description: This course introduces the concepts of mechanical ventilation used in the respiratory support of the critically ill patient, with emphasis on indications for ventilation, parameters monitored during ventilation, function, and clinical applications. Prerequisite: RCP-330. Corequisite: RCP-761.

 

RCP-620 - NEONATAL/PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE

Lecture: 3Lab: 4Credit: 5

Description: This course will cover the assessment of the newborn and pediatric patient. Fetal circulation, congenital anomalies, respiratory disorders of the newborn, ventilation of the newborn, surfactant replacement, oxygen and aerosol therapy of the newborn and pediatric patient, as well as child development will be discussed. Prerequisite: RCP-524, RCP-350.

 

RCP-751 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC I

Lecture: 0Lab: 15Credit: 5

Description: Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within the hospital and homecare settings in order to apply principles and skills learned in RCP-330. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of RCP-230. Must be currently enrolled in or have satisfactorily passed RCP-330. Graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.

 

RCP-757 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC II

Lecture: 1Lab: 4.5Credit: 2.5

Description: Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within the hospital and homecare settings in order to apply principles learned in the respiratory curriculum. Students will also be required to participate in clinical "grand rounds". Prerequisites: RCP-330, RCP-750. Corequisite RCP-520.

 

RCP-761 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC III

Lecture: 0Lab: 15Credit: 5

Description: Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within a hospital and homecare setting to apply principles learned in the respiratory curriculum. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of RCP-524, RCP-756. Must be currently enrolled in or have satisfactorily passed RCP-450. Graded on Pass/No Pass basis.

 

RCP-766 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC IV

Lecture: 0Lab: 21Credit: 7

Description: Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within a hospital and homecare setting to apply principles learned in the respiratory curriculum. Prerequisite: RCP-450, RCP-440, RCP-761 and RCP-620. Graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.

 

RCP-810 - RESPIRATORY CARE PROFESSIONAL

Lecture: 2Lab: 0Credit: 2

Description: The purpose of this course is to assist second year respiratory care students in preparing for autonomous professional practice. The Role of the Professional: duties to client, employer and public; professional responsibilities; involvement in continuing education and professional career development will be explores. Prerequisites: RCP-450, RCP-440, RCP-620 and RCP-761. Corequisites: RCP-766 and RCP-880.

 

RCP-880 - RESPIRATORY CARE V

Lecture: 4Lab: 2Credit: 5

Description: This course will involve discussion of patient case studies and modifications in therapy based on patient response. Students will learn how to made recommendations and interact with other health care team members to provide appropriate treatment. Mock CRTT and RRT simulations will be taken and discussed. Prerequisite: RCP-450, RCP-440, RCP-761 AND RCP-620.

 

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3Lab: 0Credit: 3

Description: This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis. Required for A.A. and A.S. degrees.

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