Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 71 credits
Program contact: Program Chair (815) 921-3220
For more information, please email Amanda Lonsway at firstname.lastname@example.org
Respiratory Care is an allied health profession that focuses on the care of patients with cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) problems. Graduates of the Rock Valley College program are prepared to work locally and nationally. As highly-skilled and knowledgeable Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), they are a vital part of the health care team. RRT's have extensive knowledge of the cardio-pulmonary system in order to give the best direct patient care possible. Skills are mastered through classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
The Respiratory Care Program prepares students to become nationally credentialed advanced respiratory care practitioners (Registered Respiratory Therapists – RRT). This program adheres to the Committee of Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) standards for the Profession of Respiratory Care.
Graduates of the program are eligible to earn the credential of a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
To be considered for admission the applicant must:
BIO 185 – Anatomy and Physiology with minimum grade of “C." BIO 185 requires BIO 100 or BIO 103 and CHM 110 or higher, with minimum grades of “C" and must be taken within the last five years. (Other colleges’ Biology course prerequisites may be different than RVC.)
Note: BIO 281 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 282 -Human Anatomy and Physiology II may be substituted for BIO 185. Both BIO 281 and BIO 282 must be completed.
Math requirement: Minimum Math requirement for the Respiratory Care program is MTH 092 - Beginning Algebra, at the college level. To meet biology and chemistry prerequisites at RVC, MTH 094 or a higher level math with a minimum grade of “C” is required. (Other colleges’ Math course prerequisites may be different than RVC.)
Grade Point Average: A minimum MTH of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required of all college course work completed for college credit.
Admission is selective and competitive. All required documents must be submitted to the Respiratory Care Program office on or before March 15th to be reviewed for admission for the fall term. The Respiratory Care Program holds information sessions that cover prerequisites and other important admission information. Attendance at a session is required to receive an application packet for the program. For details on scheduling to attend an information session, call the Respiratory Care Program office at (815) 921-3220.
Students will undergo a criminal background check and drug testing upon admission to the program. It is possible that a student’s criminal background and/or a positive drug test will prevent participation in hospital clinical practice and program completion.
Students are required to earn at least a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the Respiratory Care program of study. Failure to do so will prevent a student from taking later courses in the program and from graduating.
CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.
|RSP-111||Introduction to Respiratory Care|
|RSP-113||Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology|
|RSP-121||Respiratory Care Pract Procedures I|
|RSP-122||Resp Care Practices & Procedures II|
|RSP-131||Clinical Practice I|
|RSP-132||Clinical Practice II|
|RSP-221||Resp Care Practices & Procedures III|
|RSP-222||Cardiopulmonary Testing & Rehab|
|RSP-223||Resp Care Practices & Procedures IV|
|RSP-224||Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care|
|RSP-225||Respiratory Care Seminar|
|RSP-231||Clinical Practice III|
|RSP-232||Clinical Practice IV|