Respiratory Therapy Degree

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists through demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice. Graduates perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with exposure to current and emerging practice settings.

The curriculum prepares graduates to operate within inter-professional teams and effectively communicate with clients/patients of various ages, ethnicities, and cultures. Application of problem solving strategies, applying ethical decision making, and understanding professional responsibilities are emphasized.

Graduates are eligible to complete the credentialing process through the National Board for Respiratory Care, which will qualify them for a license to practice in a variety of healthcare settings with responsibilities for assessment, treatment, management and education of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

Program Learning Outcomes

P1: The program will prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive learning domain of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Introduced: RCP 110, RCP 113; Reinforced: RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 114 RCP 115, RCP 210, RCP 211, RCP 214; Mastered and Assessed: RCP 215

P2: The program will prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the psychomotor learning domain of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Introduced: RCP 110, RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 210, RCP 211, RCP 214; Reinforced: RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 210, RCP 211, RCP 214, RCP 132, RCP 144, RCP 153, RCP 235, RCP 246; Mastered and Assessed: RCP 246

Technical Standards for Respiratory Care

  1. Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and read and record in charts.
  2. Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and communicate verbally with other healthcare providers.
  3. Sufficient verbal and written skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively in English.
  4. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly, manipulate equipment, lift a minimum of 30 pounds, and ensure patient safety.
  5. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to exercise independent judgment and discretion in the safe technical performance of respiratory care procedures and the ability to respond appropriately in emergency and high stress patient care situations.
  6. Sufficient interpersonal skills to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotion. cultural, and intellectual backgrounds and be able to establish a rapport with patients, families, and other health care providers.
  7. Travel: Requires the ability to travel to and from the College campus

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory
P.O. Box 54876
Hurst, TX 76054-4876
Phone: (817) 238-2835
Fax: (817) 354-8519

Program Contact

Trisha Miller
Chair, Respiratory Therapy
Wayne West Building
Phone: (252) 222-6169
Email: millert@carteret.edu

First Semester

Anatomy and Physiology I Click for details
BIO 168
4.00
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BIO
168

This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, cytology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

Credits: 4.00
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Writing and Inquiry Click for details
ENG 111
3.00
Writing and Inquiry Close
ENG
111

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Credits: 3.00
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Intro to Respiratory Care Click for details
RCP 110
4.00
Intro to Respiratory Care Close
RCP
110

This course introduces the role of the respiratory care practitioner within interprofessional teams and interacting with diverse populations. Topics include medical gas administration, basic patient assessment, infection control, and medical terminology using proper written and oral communication methods to prepare students for clinical practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Credits: 4.00
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RCP Pharmacology Click for details
RCP 113
2.00
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RCP
113

This course covers the drugs used in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasis is placed on the uses, actions, indications, administration, and hazards of pharmacological agents. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence though written evaluations. Enrollment in Respiratory Therapy program is required

Credits: 2.00
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C-P Anatomy & Physiology Click for details
RCP 114
3.00
C-P Anatomy & Physiology Close
RCP
114

This course provides a concentrated study of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology essential to the practice of respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, acid/base balance, and blood gas interpretation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these concepts through written evaluation.

Credits: 3.00
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Corequisites: RCP-111

RCP Clinical Practice I Click for details
RCP 132
2.00
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RCP
132

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Credits: 2.00
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18 Total Credits

Second Semester

Anatomy and Physiology II Click for details
BIO 169
4.00
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BIO
169

This course provides a continuation of the comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as metabolism, nutrition, acid-base balance, and fluid and electrolyte balance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

Credits: 4.00
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Therapeutics/Diagnostics Click for details
RCP 111
5.00
Therapeutics/Diagnostics Close
RCP
111

This course provides emphasis on therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Topics include applying problem solving strategies in the patient care setting, applying ethical principles in decision making, and practicing professional responsibilities, which will prepare students for clinical practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Credits: 5.00
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C-P Pathophysiology Click for details
RCP 115
2.00
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RCP
115

This course introduces the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnoses, prognoses, complications, and management of cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasis is placed on developing, evaluating, and modifying respiratory care plans based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in cardio-pulmonary disease concepts through written evaluations.

Credits: 2.00
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Special Practice Lab Click for details
RCP 123
1.00
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RCP
123

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Credits: 1.00
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Corequisites: RCP-111

RCP Clinical Practice II Click for details
RCP 144
4.00
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RCP
144

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Credits: 4.00
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17 Total Credits

Third Semester

Patient Management Click for details
RCP 112
4.00
Patient Management Close
RCP
112

This course provides entry-level skills in respiratory care procedures in acute and non-acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic modalities and physiological effects, monitoring mechanical ventilation, and problem-solving strategies based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Credits: 4.00
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RCP Clinical Practice III Click for details
RCP 153
3.00
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RCP
153

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: RCP-112

7 Total Credits

Fourth Semester

Critical Care Concepts Click for details
RCP 210
4.00
Critical Care Concepts Close
RCP
210

This course provides further refinement of acute patient care and underlying pathophysiology. Topics include a continuation in the application and management of mechanical ventilation, assessment underlying pathophysiology, and introduction of critical care monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Credits: 4.00
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RCP 214
2.00
Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Close
RCP
214

This course provides comprehensive coverage of the concepts of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on pathophysiology, patient assessment and special therapeutic needs of neonates and children based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the neonatal and pediatric respiratory care concepts through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Credits: 2.00
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RCP Clinical Practice IV Click for details
RCP 235
5.00
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RCP
235

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Credits: 5.00
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General Psychology Click for details
PSY 150
3.00
General Psychology Close
PSY
150

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

Credits: 3.00
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Interpersonal Psychology Click for details
PSY 118
3.00
Interpersonal Psychology Close
PSY
118

This course introduces the basic principles of psychology as they relate to personal and professional development. Emphasis is placed on personality traits, communication/leadership styles, effective problem solving, and cultural diversity as they apply to personal and work environments. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of these principles of psychology as they apply to personal and professional development.

Credits: 3.00
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ENG 112
3.00
Writing and Research in the Disciplines Close
ENG
112

This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

Credits: 3.00
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ENG 114
3.00
Professional Research & Reporting Close
ENG
114

This course, the second in a series of two, is designed to teach professional communication skills. Emphasis is placed on research, listening, critical reading and thinking, analysis, interpretation, and design used in oral and written presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to work individually and collaboratively to produce well-designed business and professional written and oral presentations.

Credits: 3.00
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17 Total Credits

Fifth Semester

Adv Monitoring/Procedures Click for details
RCP 211
4.00
Adv Monitoring/Procedures Close
RCP
211

This course includes advanced information gathering and decision making for the respiratory care professional using evidence-based respiratory care protocols. Topics include advanced cardiac monitoring, special procedures, respiratory care protocols, and disease management. Upon completion, students should be able to assess, recommend, and independently modify respiratory care protocols through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Credits: 4.00
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Career Preparation Click for details
RCP 215
1.00
Career Preparation Close
RCP
215

This course provides an overview of respiratory therapy concepts in preparation for credentialing exam. Emphasis is placed on registry preparation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of respiratory therapy and be prepared for successful completion of the credentialing process.

Credits: 1.00
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RCP Clinical Practice V Click for details
RCP 246
6.00
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RCP
246

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Credits: 6.00
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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select One)

Critical Thinking Click for details
HUM 115
3.00
Critical Thinking Close
HUM
115

This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict. Emphasis is placed on evaluating information, problem solving, approaching cross-cultural perspectives, and resolving controversies and dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of appropriate texts.

Credits: 3.00
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Cultural Studies Click for details
HUM 120
3.00
Cultural Studies Close
HUM
120

This course introduces the distinctive features of a particular culture. Topics include art, history, music, literature, politics, philosophy, and religion. Upon completion, students should be able to appreciate the unique character of the study culture. This class must be taken at Pitt Community College if enrolled in the Medical Office Administration Program.

Credits: 3.00
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Introduction to Ethics Click for details
PHI 240
3.00
Introduction to Ethics Close
PHI
240

This course introduces theories about the nature and foundations of moral judgments and applications to contemporary moral issues. Emphasis is placed on moral theories such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply various ethical theories to moral issues such as abortion, capital punishment, poverty, war, terrorism, the treatment of animals, and issues arising from new technologies.

Credits: 3.00
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14 Total Credits