Program Overview

Respiratory Therapy is a two-year program that prepares students to administer respiratory care and life support to patients with breathing disorder and cardiopulmonary abnormalities. Most therapists 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.