Programs of Study Home | Programs of Study | Respiratory Care Placement/Transfer 94% That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2013-2014 graduates found work or continued their education. Placement Faculty SpotlightKelly CumminsProviding resources, breaking down concepts help students find relevance of content they’re learningMore Placement/Transfer 94% That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2013-2014 graduates found work or continued their education. Placement Placement/Transfer 94% That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2013-2014 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 can be completed entirely face-to-face, or online with the exception of lab and clinical. The Respiratory Care program offers a full time and part time track for students.Traditional Full-Time Track: The traditional full-time (six quarters/18 months) track is offered on the Lincoln Campus and accepts new students one time per year in the Summer (July) Quarter. Online Part-Time Track: The online part-time (eight quarters/24 months) track is offered online and accepts new students one time per year in the Winter (January) Quarter. Acceptance to the online program is dependent on securing a clinical/lab site.Students in the program complete a comprehensive curriculum in patient assessment, treatment, disease management, diagnostic evaluation, and the care of patients with lung or heart problems. Clinical practice for the program is provided in cooperation with a variety of health care facilities throughout the region. 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. Program outcome data is available at www.coarc.com/47.html.Learn more about the Respiratory Care Profession: AARC Life and Breath Video. Get started by reading our Pre-health Admission Requirements.Other Important Information:Admission to the Program ChecklistProgram-Advising Sheet Health Statement LetterHealth StatementPhysicians Lab Immunization InformationEssential FunctionsMissionTo prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT).Employment OutlookEmployment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. 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.Starting TermsThe full-time face-to-face begins in the Summer Quarter. The online part-time program begins in the Winter 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-1090CHEM-1050 Chemistry and the CitizenCHEM-1090 General Chemistry ITAKE MEDA-1101 or MEDA-1210MEDA-1101 Basic Medical TerminologyMEDA-1210 Comprehensive Medical TermRequirementsProgram Requirements & Student ResponsibilitiesAll students must receive a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in the general education courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in the science courses. Science courses include Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology. General education courses include oral communication, written communication, math, social science, computer technology and related courses required by the programs, such as Medical Terminology.A current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card.Submit completed Health Statement to the Health Sciences Division (upon application to the program.)A criminal background check (CBC) will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the 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 CBC. Please note: Misdemeanor or felony convictions may prevent a graduate from acquiring a state license. (Contact the State Board of Respiratory Care with questions.)A two-step skin test for tuberculosis and/or a chest X-ray are required. Flu immunization may be required.All RESP courses completed with a grade of 75% (C+) or higher to progress through the program. (Classes must be taken in sequence. If a C+ is not achieved, the student will be dropped from the program.)Complete four hours of job shadowing (contact Program Chair for specific requirements.)Complete program orientation after being accepted into program.Program offers web-based courses but requires supervised clinicals/practicums/labs at identified locations.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 ScienceScienceProgram PrerequisitesProgram prerequisites may be transferred to or earned at SCC. These courses must be completed before entry to the program. The specific courses include:Human Anatomy and Physiology with LabMicrobiology with LabChemistry with LabMedical Terminology All required program prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75 prior to entry into the program. Program entry is based on available space and successful completion of all prerequisites. Grades of a "D" or less will not be accepted. Special Program PrerequisitesMisdemeanor or felony convictions may prevent a graduate from acquiring a state license.Criminal background checks will be conducted on all respiratory students. A criminal background check will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the 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 the background check. Contact your State Licensing Board if there are questions.Submit a completed Health Statement.Maintain an up-to-date Healthcare Provider CPR card.Complete a minimum of four hours shadowing experience.Online students are required to attend a three-day respiratory care workshop at the Lincoln Campus. Students will be responsible for their travel and lodging expenses for the workshop.Clinical ExperienceDuring the clinical experience, students will apply classroom knowledge and skills learned in lab while caring for 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.When an online student makes application to the program, they must give the clinical director names of medical centers within their area. For online students, a facility must be willing to work with the student and provide a preceptor at the clinical site. The clinical director will meet with the facility and make the appropriate arrangements. Clinical hours will be managed on an individual basis.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.