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Respiratory Care

  • Welcome

    SCC'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 . . . 

    Overview

    The 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.

    coarcLogo-webThe 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:

    Mission

    To 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 Outlook

    Employment 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 Terms

    The full-time face-to-face begins in the Summer Quarter. The online part-time program begins in the Winter Quarter.

    Respiratory Care-AAS

    Curriculum
    Requirements

    Program Requirements & Student Responsibilities

    1. All 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.
    2. A current American Heart Association  Healthcare Provider CPR card.
    3. Submit completed Health Statement to the  Health Sciences Division (upon application to  the program.)
    4. 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 five panel drug test is required of each student in this program prior to attending clinical. Based on the outcome of the drug test, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $25 will be paid by the student at the time of the testing.
    5. A two-step skin test for tuberculosis and/or  a chest X-ray are required. Flu immunization  may be required.
    6. 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.)
    7. Complete four hours of job shadowing (contact  Program Chair for specific requirements.)
    8. Complete program orientation after being  accepted into program.
    9. Program offers web-based courses but  requires supervised clinicals/practicums/labs at  identified locations.

    General Education Requirements

    To 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 Communications
    • Written Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Social Science
    • Science

    Program Prerequisites

    Program 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 Lab
    • Microbiology with Lab
    • Chemistry with Lab
    • Medical 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 Prerequisites

    • Misdemeanor 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.

    Clinical Experience

    During 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.
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    Welcome

    SCC'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 . . . 

    Overview

    The 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.

    coarcLogo-webThe 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:

    Mission

    To 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 Outlook

    Employment 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 Terms

    The full-time face-to-face begins in the Summer Quarter. The online part-time program begins in the Winter Quarter.