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Respiratory Care - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.20579

Respiratory Therapists in Michigan are licensed health care providers. In order to be licensed you must earn a minimum of an Associate degree and successfully complete National exams. As a Respiratory Therapist you will be qualified to assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including responsibilities involved in the supervision of Certified Respiratory Therapist functions. The registered therapist is also capable of serving as a resource person to the physician with regard to current practices in respiratory care and to the hospital staff regarding effective and safe methods for administering respiratory care. Respiratory therapists who have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or its predecessors the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE) are eligible to apply for registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The process consists of one written exam and clinical simulation. Applicants must pass both to be awarded the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

General Education Courses - Section I

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 140W5Essentials Of Human Anatomy & Physiology ______________
OR ______________
BIO 152W(4)Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W(4)Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
OR ______________
BIO 240(4)Human Anatomy AND ______________
BIO 241(4)Physiology ______________
HSC 1052Medical Terminology ______________
RT 1002Basic Sciences for Respiratory Care ______________

General Education Courses - Section II

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG 1133Technical Communication ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
PHL 215W3Health Care Ethics ______________
OR ______________
PSY 101W(3)Applied Psychology ______________
OR ______________
PSY 211W(4)General Psychology ______________
OR ______________
SOC 211W(3)Principles of Sociology ______________
OR ______________
COM 112W(3)Fundamentals of Oral Communication ______________

Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the above courses and the "Validation Application." See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required process. Clinical Course Sequence

First Semester (Fall)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
RT 1173Basic Respiratory Care I ______________
RT 1183Basic Respiratory Care II ______________
RT 1212Orientation to RC ______________
RT 1263Clinical Education I ______________
RT 1312Artificial Airway Care and Manual Ventilation ______________

Second Semester (Winter)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
RT 1323Adult Ventilatory Care ______________
RT 1354Diagnostics and Special Procedures ______________
RT 1466Clinical Education II ______________
RT 1491Clinical Ed 2 Seminar ______________

Third Semester (Spring)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
RT 1503Cardiovascular Evaluation and Monitoring ______________

Fourth Semester (Fall)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
RT 2073Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology ______________
RT 2122Advance Ventilator Management ______________
RT 2141Seminar I ______________
RT 2161Rehabilitation and Home Care ______________
RT 2266Clinical Education III ______________
RT 2291Clinical Education 3 Seminar ______________
RT 2312Maternal and Neonatal Respiratory Care ______________

Fifth Semester (Winter)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
RT 2113Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology ______________
RT 2341Seminar II ______________
RT 2403Advanced Respiratory Care Pharmacology ______________
RT 2441Optional Rotation/Special Project ______________
RT 2468Comprehensive Clinical Education ______________

85/90Total Credits Required For Associate Degree


1 - A maximum of 15 students will be accepted each Fall Semester for Respiratory Care courses from qualified students who have been assigned a "semester and year of validation." You will be placed on this list only after successfully completing the prerequisite qualifications and submitting a "Validation Application" to the Registrar's Office. See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required procedures.
2 - Prerequisite qualifications for validation are: high school graduate or GED equivalent; be admitted to Delta College; provide transcripts from high school and all other colleges attended; and completion of Section I courses with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade with the exception of BIO 140 & RT 100 which must be completed with a "B" (3.0)
3 - RT 100 has a prerequisite math requirement that Algebra must have been taken within the past 5 years.
4 - After you receive notification of acceptance into clinicals for the Fall Semester, you must have a complete physical examination including a negative TB test by the first week of the Fall semester.
5 - RT courses are offered day hours only and generally must be taken together in the sequence shown. You must achieve a minimum "C" (2.0) grade in each RT course to be eligible to continue in the Program.
6 - In addition to tuition and textbook costs, you must purchase a laboratory coat, protective eye wear, name tag, provide your own transportation to clinical settings (plus possible hospital parking charges), and purchase two Self-Assessment Exams (total cost approximately $150) during the final semester in the Program. Also, students will be required to attend one Michigan Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC) seminar in the second year of the program.
7 - Admission to and continuance in the Program is contingent upon your compliance with all policies contained in the Respiratory Care Student handbook. Reentry into the program is outlined in the handbook and is based on available seating within the program.
8 - If you have prior respiratory therapy work experience, you may be eligible to waive or receive equivalent credit for some RT courses.
9 - Also see "Dual Degrees."
10 - RT 100 may include a required job shadow experience to become validated. This may require that students complete an online training session, have proof of a negative TB tine test and other supporting documentation before gaining access to the agency.
11 - Completion of Section I courses is required for Validation. It is strongly recommended that Section II courses be completed prior to the clinical experience. All courses in Section I and II are required for the Associate Degree.

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