Rock Valley College

Respiratory Care Courses

The following is a comprehensive list of courses offered in this subject or discipline. This is meant to give you an idea of the types of courses offered in each area. Click on any course to learn more about it.

It is always recommended that you talk to an academic advisor about your educational goals and to learn more about specific programs.

Respiratory Care General Education Course Requirements - 20 credits

Prerequisite Courses – must complete BEFORE admission to the program:
BIO 274 Microbiology .......................................................................... 4
HLT 110 Medical Terminology ............................................................ 2
ENG 101 Composition I .......................................................................... 3
BIO 185 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology ....................... 5 [may substitute BIO 281/282 (8)]

Select one for the speech requirement:
SPH 201 Interpersonal Communication (recommended), or,
SPH 131 Fundamentals of Communication .................................... 3

Select one course below for the elective requirement:
BIO 171 Biology of Human Disease .................................................. 3
FWS 237 Nutrition for Optimum Living ............................................. 3
PHL 153 Medical Ethics ........................................................................ 3
PHL 256 Contemporary Moral Issues ................................................ 3
PSY 170 General Psychology .............................................................. 3

Respiratory Care Course Requirements - 51 credits

TERM I , FALL ............................................................................................... 16 credits
RSP 111 Introduction to Respiratory Care ....................................... 3
RSP 112 Patient Assessment ............................................................... 3
RSP 113 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology ................... 3
RSP 121 Respiratory Care Practices and Procedures I .................. 5
RSP 131 Clinical Practice I .................................................................... 2

TERM II , SPRING ....................................................................................... 14 credits
RSP 114 Clinical Medicine .................................................................... 3
RSP 122 Respiratory Care Practices and Procedures II ................. 5
RSP 123 Respiratory Pharmacology .................................................. 3
RSP 132 Clinical Practice II ................................................................... 3

TERM III, SUMMER I ................................................................................... 3 credits
RSP 222 Cardiopulmonary Testing and Rehabilitation ................ 3

TERM IV, SUMMER II .................................................................................. 3 credits
RSP 221 Respiratory Care Practices and Procedures III ................ 3

TERM V, FALL ................................................................................................. 9 credits
RSP 223 Respiratory Care Practices and Procedures IV ................. 4
RSP 224 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care ......................... 2
RSP 231 Clinical Practice III ................................................................. 3

TERM VI, SPRING ......................................................................................... 6 credits
RSP 225 Respiratory Care Seminar .................................................... 3
RSP 232 Clinical Practice IV .................................................................. 3
RSP 240 Respiratory Care Review (optional – 2 credits)