Program Overview

Respiratory Care is a two-year program that prepares students to administer respiratory care and life support to patients with breathing disorder and cardiopulmonary abnormalities. Most Respiratory Care Practitioners participate in three phases of patient care: diagnosis, treatment, and patient management.

Respiratory Care (AS) Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
RPTH 400 Patient & Health Care Concerns 1.5 units
RPTH 410 Introduction to Patient Care & Respiratory Assessment Techniques 3 units
RPTH 415 Respiratory Pharmacology 1.5 units
RPTH 420 Application of Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3 units
RPTH 430 Introduction to Respiratory Therapeutics 6 units
RPTH 438 Clinical Clerkship I 1 unit
RPTH 445 Respiratory Diseases I 2 units
RPTH 448 Clinical Clerkship II 2 units
RPTH 450 Respiratory Diseases II 3 units
RPTH 458 Clinical Clerkship III 6 units
RPTH 460 Respiratory Critical Care 3 units
RPTH 475 Hemodynamic Monitoring and Selected Topics in Respiratory Care 2 units
RPTH 480 Diagnostic Testing and Outpatient Respiratory Care 2 units
RPTH 485 Clinical Medicine Seminar 2 units
RPTH 488 Clinical Clerkship IV 6 units
RPTH 490 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2.5 units
RPTH 495 Respiratory Care Board Examination Preparation and Review 2 units
Plus Chemistry, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology and General Education/other requirements for the Associate degree (refer to Associate Degree Requirements). The College also offers a Certificate of Achievement for those graduates having a prior Associate or above degree
Total Required Major Units: 48.5

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.