Programs of Study Home | Programs of Study | Respiratory Care Placement/Transfer 94% That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2012-2013 graduates found work or continued their education. Placement Respiratory Care WelcomeSCC's Respiratory Care program prepares students to become practitioners who evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists follow specific, well-defined respiratory care procedures under the direction of physicians.You're a Good Fit for this program because . . . OverviewThe Respiratory Care program is a six-quarter (18-month) program. Students in the program complete a comprehensive curriculum in patient assessment, treatment, management control, diagnostic evaluation, and the care of patients with lung or heart problems. Supervised clinical practice at local hospitals and health centers give students practice in common procedures such as administering medical gases, aerosols and inhaled medications; applying ventilatory support; and testing techniques used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. Clinical practice for the program is provided in cooperation with a variety of health care facilities throughout the region. The program offers classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction for traditional classes. Respiratory therapists are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home care, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, physician's offices, diagnostic and research labs, sleep labs, and educational institutions. Students accepted into the program will enter during the Summer Quarter. Students seeking an alternative form of education may apply to take online classes which also begins in the Summer Quarter. Upon graduation students are eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care exams and apply for a State license. Graduates may continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree by transferring credit to receiving institutions. Students need to check with the four-year school of their choice for information on transfer requirements and courses. The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, 817-283-2835, www.coarc.com.MissionThe mission and goal of the Respiratory Care program is to graduate competent advanced-level Respiratory Therapists.Employment OutlookEmployment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. Nationally, job opportunities should be very good. As for the Midwest, the job market is reasonably stable, with many graduates getting part-time to full-time employment. New graduates are expected to work eight- to 12-hour shifts to include days, evenings, or night shifts, and some holidays. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting wage of $18.65 per hour, with a high salary of $19.60 per hour.Learn more about the Respiratory Care Profession: AARC Breath of LifeStarting TermsSummer Quarter.Respiratory Care-AASCurriculumPROGRAM CLASSESTake the following:RESP-1111 RESP Anatomy & PhysiologyRESP-1113 Respiratory Pharmacology 1RESP-1114 Patient Care PrinciplesRESP-1121 Cardiopulmonary PathologyRESP-1147 Mechanical Ventilation 2RESP-1122 Resp Care Procedures & LabRESP-1126 Resp Care Professions 1RESP-1129 Clinical Education 2RESP-1132 Mechanical Ventilation 1RESP-1135 Healthcare Research/EducationRESP-1139 Clinical Education 3RESP-1148 Critical Care ManagementRESP-1143 Resp Care Thr the Hum LifespanRESP-1144 Rehab & Outpatient ServicesRESP-1149 Clinical Education 4RESP-2251 Cardiovascular PrinciplesRESP-2255 Resp Care Professions 2RESP-2259 Clinical Education 5RESP-2267 Clinical Simulations LabRESP-2268 Seminar ReviewRESP-2266 Intro to PolysomnographyRESP-2269 Clinical Education 6RESP-1115 Respiratory Care LabRESP-1120 Respiratory Pharmacology 2GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSTAKE SPCH-1090 OR SPCH-1110 OR SPCH-2810;SPCH-1090 Fund of Human CommunicationsSPCH-1110 Public SpeakingSPCH-2810 Business & Professional CommunTAKE ENGL-1010 OR ENGL-1015;ENGL-1010 Composition IENGL-1015 Composition & LiteratureTake MATH1100 or higherMATH-1100 Intermediate AlgebraMATH-1150 College AlgebraMATH-1180 Elementary StatisticsMATH-1400 Applied CalculusMATH-1600 Calc & Analytic Geometry IMATH-1200 TrigonometryMATH-1300 PrecalculusMATH-2030 Contemporary MathematicsTAKE PSYC-1250 OR PSYC-1810 OR SOCI-1010PSYC-1250 Interpersonal RelationsPSYC-1810 Introduction to PsychologySOCI-1010 Introduction to SociologyTAKE BIOS-1140 & BIOS-2130 & BIOS-1110 OR BIOS-1210 & BIOS 1220 & BIOS 1110.BIOS-1140 Human AnatomyBIOS-2130 Human PhysiologyBIOS-1110 Biology of MicroorganismsBIOS-1110 Biology of MicroorganismsBIOS-1210 Human Anatomy & Physiology IBIOS-1220 Human Anatomy & Physiology IITAKE CHEM-1050 OR CHEM-1090 AND PHYS-1150 OR PHYS-1410 OR PHYS-2010.CHEM-1050 Chemistry and the CitizenCHEM-1090 General Chemistry IPHYS-1150 Descriptive PhysicsPHYS-1410 General Physics ITAKE MEDA-1101;MEDA-1101 Basic Medical Terminology 1Program RequirementsProgram Requirements & Student ResponsibilitiesComplete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all General Education classes before making application to the program.Know the contents of the rules and regulations contained within SCC's Student Handbook for the program and the College. Students are responsible for periodically reviewing the policies throughout the duration of the program to alleviate any miscommunication.Complete a Health Statement.Complete required prerequisite courses and Self-Advising Sheet.Complete a four-hour shadowing experience with a Respiratory Therapist.Maintain a minimum grade of 75% (C+) in all courses.Maintain current CPR certification.Online students must attend a three-day workshop during third quarter at their own expense.Program ExpectationsMaintain appropriate professional conduct at all times during clinical and didactic courses.Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information relative to their role as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.Demonstrate the technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill their role as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for a Registered Respiratory Therapist.General Education RequirementsTo complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care, a student must complete additional credit hours in the following General Education core areas:Oral CommunicationsWritten CommunicationsMathematicsSocial ScienceScienceA program prerequisite may fulfill General Education requirements. After completion of the prerequisites and General Education courses, the student may apply to the Respiratory Care program. Program entry is based on available space and successful completion of all prerequisites.Clinical ExperienceClinical experience is the time students will have the opportunity to use the knowledge learned in the classroom, along with the skills learned in lab to give care to patients in a health care facility such as a nursing home, hospital or social service agency. Clinical rotations will be assigned quarterly by the clinical director. For traditional students, the majority of clinical experiences will be in the Lincoln area. Some specialty rotations may be assigned outside of the Lincoln area. Students are responsible for their own travel and lodging during the specialty rotations. For online students, a facility must be willing to work with the student and provide a preceptor for that clinical site. When an online student makes application to the program, they must give the clinical director the name of the facility and contact person. The clinical director will meet with the facility and make the appropriate arrangements. Clinical hours will be managed on an individual basis.Criminal Background CheckA Criminal Background Check will be required of each student in the program. Based on the outcome of the Criminal Background Check, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for this Criminal Background Check.Other Links & FormsHealth StatementPhysicians LabImmunization InformationSelf-Advising SheetAdmissions Checklist CostsIt appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. You can download the PDF file here.It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. You can download the PDF file here.