Respiratory Therapy, Associate In Applied Science Degree
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Respiratory Therapy is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, professional attitudes and behaviors necessary to attain state licensing and national credentialing for a career in respiratory therapy. Graduates become a vital part of the healthcare team in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, pulmonary rehabilitation centers and physician offices.
The program has two components: a pre-professional phase that includes all the general education and science prerequisites and a professional phase that includes respiratory therapy specific course work and clinical education. Full-time day attendance is preferred for the professional phase of the program. Part-time attendance must be approved by the program director.
Students seeking admission into the Respiratory Therapy Program must have a GPA of 2.50 or better and a grade of C or better in all their pre-professional phase courses. An Intent form must be submitted to the Respiratory Therapy Program office (EH 129) by March 1 for admission into the professional phase in the Fall Semester.
All students applying to the professional phase of the program will be subject to a federal and state criminal history background check and drug screening. If a student is denied clinical placement by any hospital due to the results of the criminal history background check, the student will not be able to complete the program. Students are responsible for obtaining malpractice insurance and must have health clearance through the college’s Health Services. Certification in BLS for Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association is also required.
The Respiratory Therapy Program maintains a no-tolerance policy regarding substance abuse. Respiratory therapy students must be free of chemical impairment during participation in any part of the respiratory therapy program including classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. An eleven-panel drug screening is now mandatory for all students performing their clinical education at any of the program’s clinical affiliates. The college’s Health Service Coordinator will notify the student of a positive result and the appeal process will be followed.