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Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog

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Respiratory Therapy Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Program Description

The respiratory care associate degree is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of respiratory care. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pulmonary and cardiac pharmacology, medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, positive pressure ventilation, incentive spirometry, patient assessment, postural drainage, percussion/vibration, assessment of diseases and conditions, critical respiratory care, advanced critical care monitoring, pulmonary function testing, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Program graduates receive a respiratory care associate degree which qualifies them to take the examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Students may become certified by taking the Entry Level Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Upon successful completion of the Certification (CRT) Exam, the graduate is eligible to take both parts of the Registry (RRT) Exams. To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license. The only way to obtain a license is to pass at least the Entry Level Certification Exam.

Program Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

1248 Hardwood Rd. Bedford TX 76021-4244

http://www.coarc.com/

Programmatic Data Information

http://www.coarc.com/47.html

Certification Information

Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Technology are eligible to sit for the Entry Level Certification Examination (CRT). Upon successful completion of the certification (CRT) exam, graduates are eligible to take both parts of the Registry (RRT) exams.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Required Age

18

High School Diploma or GED Required

Yes

Placement Scores for Regular Admission (COMPASS)

English

Reading

Math

Algebra

62

79

N/A

37

 

Other Conditions for Admission

Criminal background checks and drug screens may be required based on the requirements for participation in clinical experiences.

Program Courses

Credits

General Education Core

 

Area I - Language Arts/Communications (3 hrs)

 

ENGL 1101 - Composition and Rhetoric

3

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs)

 

Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (11hrs)

 

MATH 1111 - College Algebra

3

CHEM 1211 - Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1211L - Chemistry Lab I

1

PHYS 1110 - Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 1110L - Conceptual Physics Lab

 

Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts (3 hrs)

 

Non General Education Degree Courses

 

BIOL 2113 - Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 2113L - Anatomy and Physiology Lab I

1

BIOL 2114 - Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 2114L - Anatomy and Physiology Lab II

1

BIOL 2117 - Introductory Microbiology

3

BIOL 2117L - Introductory Microbiology Lab

1

Occupational Courses

 

COMP 1000 - Introduction to Computers

3

RESP 1110 - Pharmacology

3

RESP 2090 - Clinical Practices I

2

RESP 2110 - Pulmonary Disease

3

RESP 1130 - Respiratory Therapy Lab I

4

RESP 1120 - Introduction to Respiratory Therapy

3

RESP 2100 - Clinical Practice II

2

RESP 2140 - Advanced Critical Care Monitoring

1

RESP 2180 - Clinical Practice III

2

RESP 2120 - Critical Respiratory Care

3

RESP 2130 - Mechanical Ventilation and Airway Management

4

RESP 2160 - Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RESP 2190 - Clinical Practice IV

2

RESP 2200 - Clinical Practice V

3

RESP 2170 - Advanced Respiratory Care Seminar

3

RESP 2270 - Rehabilitation and Home Care

1

RESP 2220 - Clinical Practice VI

7

RESP 2150 - Pulmonary Function Testing

1

RESP 1193 - Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

7

Minimum credit hours for Graduation

89