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  Oct 20, 2017
 
 
    
Catalog 2017-18

Respiratory Care Therapist


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Important Information


Short Description


Respiratory care is a life-supporting, life-enhancing profession practiced under qualified medical direction. Respiratory care services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma and heart disease include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring, and rehabilitation. Patient, family, and public education are central to the mission of the profession. Respiratory care services are provided in all health care facilities and in the home.

Type of Credential


Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code


S 930

Contacts and Additional Information


Program Director:

CCBC Essex, Barbara Schenk
443-840-1760 or bschenk@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

 

Semester Sequence


This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .

Semester 1 - Prior to Selective Admissions*


Semester 2 - Prior to Selective Admissions


Short Session


Courses Needed for This Program*


Prerequisites - 11 Credits


Some Prerequisites also fulfill General Education Requirements.

General Education Requirements and Electives - 12 Credits


General Education Requirements:


Some Prerequisites also fulfill General Education Requirements.

General Education Electives:


  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Mathematics (MATH 125  or MATH 135  recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 42 Credits


Total Credits Required for Degree: 65*


Note


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

Program Description


Respiratory care is a life-supporting, life-enhancing profession practiced under qualified medical direction. Respiratory care services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma and heart disease include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring, and rehabilitation. Patient, family, and public education are central to the mission of the profession. Respiratory care services are provided in all health care facilities and in the home.

Program accreditation is provided by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care. Graduates of the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (N.B.R.C.) examinations. The N.B.R.C. has contracted with the State of Maryland to provide state credentialing.

Classroom and laboratory instruction is taught at CCBC Essex. Clinical experience is obtained at a variety of clinical sites in Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Howard counties and Baltimore City. The program is full time and is generally conducted during daytime hours. Students are strongly encouraged to complete as many of the General Education requirements as possible before enrolling in the program.

The Respiratory Care Therapist program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, phone 817-283-2835, fax 817-354-8519.

School of Health Professions Policies


Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.

Admission


Admission to this program is a separate process from admission to the college. Admission to the School of Health Professions programs is competitive and selective, and is based on published criteria. Information about admissions processes for the programs in the School of Health Professions and the Selective Admissions Application form are available in the Office of Selective Admissions in Room ADMN-101 on the Essex Campus, or by calling 443-840-1112. This information is also available on the School of Health Professions website. Students who are currently enrolled at the college must file an intent form and must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.4 to be considered for admission into the program.

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all respiratory care therapist and science courses in order to continue and complete the program.

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion this degree, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate cognitive skills relevant to the role and function of the Registered Respiratory Therapist;
  2. demonstrate psychomotor skills necessary for the role and function of the Registered Respiratory Therapist;
  3. demonstrate personal and professional behaviors consistent with the role of a Registered Respiratory Therapist; and
  4. obtain Registered Respiratory Care positions in local and regional health care facilities.

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