The Respiratory Therapy program prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings, to care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory disease, to assist in the treatment of trauma patients and to provide life support to critically ill newborn, pediatric and adult patients. Students receive a solid foundation in principles of cardiopulmonary physiology and respiratory care practices prior to providing hands-on care within actual clinical settings. Clinical experiences begin with basic general care and progress to extensive experience in adult medical and surgical intensive care and neonatal/pediatric intensive care units. Throughout the curriculum, students are expected to develop a caring commitment to the patient along with safe and effective respiratory care. Students rotate through renowned and respected clinical sites, including Prince George's Hospital Center, Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Southern Maryland Hospital Center and Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital. The Respiratory Therapy Program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); 1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; telephone: 817-283-2835; fax: 817-354-8519. Upon graduation, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and are eligible to take both the entry-level and advanced practitioner exams and to use the credential CRT (entry-level exam) and RRT (advanced practitioner exam) upon successful completion of the respective exam.
Learning Foundations Overall Requirements
- All students must read English at an acceptable level in order to begin college-level courses. The college assesses two levels of reading proficiency as shown below. Both must be satisfied in order to enroll in college-level classes.
- Meet a basic reading standard by placement exam score, by taking DVR-0051 or ESL-0105, or by exemption due to prior college coursework.
- Meet college-level reading standards by placement exam score, by taking DVR-0061 DVR-0071 or ESL-0106, or by exemption as a result of prior college coursework.
- The college assesses English writing proficiency at three levels as a prerequisite to enrollment in EGL-1010, the first college-level writing course. Those three levels are outlined below.
- Meet the minimum English proficiency requirement by placement exam score, by completing DVE-0009 or ESL-0102 or by exemption as a result of prior coursework.
- Meet intermediate level English proficiency requirements by placement exam score, by completing DVE-0011 or ESL-0201, or by exemption as a result of prior coursework.
- Meet pre-college level English requirements by placement exam score, by completing EGL-0100 or ESL-0202, or by exemption as a result of prior coursework.
- All students must satisfy the college's requirement for a solid foundation in mathematics. Students can document this foundation either with satisfactory placement test scores, with an exemption posted as a result of courses taken elsewhere, or with satisfactory performance in one or more developmental mathematics courses. In addition, all students must complete either PAS-1010 or PAS-1030 along with their first developmental math course.
- Meet the most basic arithmetic requirement by completing DLS-0011 or a satisfactory score on the placement test.
- Meet prealgebra requirements by completing DVM-0031 or with a satisfactory placement test score.
- Meet elementary algebra requirements by completing DVM-0071 or achieving a satisfactory placement score.
- Meet intermediate algebra requirements by completing MAT-0104 or by achieving a satisfactory placment test score.
- You must take PAS-1030 during the same semester you take DVM-0031.
General Education - English Composition
General Education - Interpersonal Communication
General Education - Mathematics
- Complete one Math course, MAT-1120 or higher. MAT-1350 is recommended.
General Education - Science
General Education - Social Sciences
Respiratory Therapy (A.A.S.)