Respiratory Care Therapist
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Respiratory Care Therapist++

Associate in Applied Science

Minimum of 68 credit hours
Studying to become a Respiratory Care Therapist gives you the opportunity to work under the supervision of a physician to deliver direct patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories, doctors’ offices and homes. An associate degree in the Respiratory Care Therapist program will lead you directly into the job market. This program is offered through a contractual arrangement between Oklahoma City Community College and Francis Tuttle Technology Center.  You must first apply for admission to the program through Francis Tuttle Technology Center. After graduation, you will need to apply for state licensure in Oklahoma as a Registered Respiratory Care Therapist through the State Board of Medical Examiners. 

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Summer Semester
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    BIO 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Support  
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    CHEM 1103 Chemistry Around Us 3 Gen Ed  
    SCL 1001 Success in College and Life 1 Life Skills  
    HIST 1483 U.S. History to The Civil War  OR  
    HIST 1493 U.S. History Since The Civil War 3 Gen Ed  
    BIO 1414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Support  
    OSRHE1 Osrhe Approved General Education Communications Or English Course 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    MATH 1513 College Algebra for Business, Life Sciences and Social Sciences  OR Support  
    MATH 1503 Contemporary Mathematics 3 Support  
    PSY 2233 Ethics in Health and Human Services 3  
    SOC 2143 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 3 Gen Ed  
    POLSC 1113 American Federal Government 3 Gen Ed  
    RC 1133 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3 Major  
    RC 1342 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 2 Support  
    Suggested Sophomore Summer Semester
    RC 2114 Basic Respiratory Therapy Procedures 4 Major  
    RC 2222 Respiratory Therapy Pathology and Pharmacology 2 Major  
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    RC 2314 Advanced Respiratory Therapy Procedures 4 Major  
    RC 2322 Diagnostics and Outpatient Services 2 Major  
    RC 2352 Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care 2 Major  
    RC 2364 Clinical Application of Respiratory Therapeutics I 4 Major  
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    RC 2124 Critical Care Respiratory Therapy 4 Major  
    RC 2524 Respiratory Care Advanced Practice 4 Major  
    RC 2534 Clinical Application of Respiratory Therapeutics II 4 Major  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (33 credit hours) RC 1133, RC 2114, RC 2124, RC 2222, RC 2314, RC 2322, RC 2352, RC 2364, RC 2524, RC 2534

    General Education Courses: (21 credit hours) Political Science: POLSC 1113; English: ENGL 1113; Any Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved general education three credit hour English or communications course.*; Psychology: PSY 2233; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493; SOC 2143; CHEM 1103

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: (13 credit hours) Biological Sciences: BIO 1314, BIO 1414; Mathematics: MATH 1513 or MATH 1503; Respiratory Care: RC 1342

    *To be chosen from ENGL 1213, ENGL 1233, COM 1123 or COM 2213.

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the job force following completion. See Technical and Occupational Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

    ++Special admission procedures required.

     

  • Course Descriptions

    Biological Science

    BIO 1314 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score or by meeting determined placement measures; MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score. An adequate biology placement test score or BIO 0123 or a college-level biological science class.
    4CREDITS

    Through a systematic study of the structure and function of the human body, its cells, tissues, organs and systems, the student will identify and describe basic anatomical structures and fundamental physiological processes that occur in health and disease for the major body systems. Laboratory work which requires dissection is an integral and required part of the course.

    BIO 1414 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    Prerequisites: BIO 1314
    4CREDITS

    With Human Anatomy & Physiology I as a foundation, the student will advance his or her study of the structure and function of the human body and will identify and describe more detailed anatomical structures and more comprehensive physiological processes that occur in health through a systematic survey of the major body systems. Laboratory work which requires dissection is an integral and required part of the course.

    Chemistry

    CHEM 1103 - Chemistry Around Us
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; MATH 0203 or adequate math placement test score.
    3CREDITS

    A course designed for students having no previous training in chemistry or for whom the study of chemistry will terminate with this experience. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to discuss such fundamental concepts of chemistry as atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical bonding, nuclear energy, chemical elements and compounds, and the significance of carbon and some other elements to life itself.

    Electives

    OSRHE1 - Osrhe Approved General Education Communications Or English Course
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    OSRHE approved General Education Communications or English course

    English

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. History to The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1877 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, students will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in their society and help resolve conflict in society based on the student’s search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past. A general education requirement.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. History Since The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Mathematics

    MATH 1503 - Contemporary Mathematics
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score. Pre or Co-requisite ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103
    3CREDITS

    A study of the mathematics needed for critical evaluation of quantitative information and arguments (including logic, critical appraisal of graphs and tables); use of simple mathematical models, and an introduction to elementary statistics. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    MATH 1513 - College Algebra for Business, Life Sciences and Social Sciences
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the general concepts of relation and function and specifically of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the ability to solve systems of equations by utilizing matrices and determinants; and the ability to solve practical problems using algebra.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - American Federal Government
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Psychology

    PSY 2233 - Ethics in Health and Human Services
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    Students will contrast ethical systems with religion, law, and justice; define ethical principles, and discuss ethical issues and professional conduct in health and human services. Students will apply ethical principles and decision-making models to analyze case studies.

    Respiratory Care Therapist

    RC 1133 - Introduction to Respiratory Care
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate placement score
    3CREDITS

    This is a course designed as an introduction to the occupation of respiratory care. The course focus is the profession of respiratory care and the operation of respiratory care departments and health care organizations. Theory covered in the course includes the operation of respiratory care departments, staff positions and their responsibility, regulations and policy that affect the practice of respiratory care. Professional communication, patient education and safe behavior in the healthcare environment are also included in this course.

    RC 1342 - Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: BIO 1314, BIO 1414
    2CREDITS

    This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the respiratory and cardiac systems intended for individuals interested in a career in Respiratory Care. It will include study of the processes involved in the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lung and tissue to include ventilation, diffusion and gas transport. Students will learn about clinical assessment tests and calculations utilized to assess lung and cardiac function, including normal values and interpretation of abnormal results. This course is a foundation for learning how to assess normal function and efficiency of the cardiopulmonary systems as well as the understanding of disease processes.

    RC 2114 - Basic Respiratory Therapy Procedures
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: Admission to program; RC 1133; MATH 1503 or MATH 1513; and ENGL 1113
    4CREDITS

    This course is designed for the beginning Respiratory Care Practitioner student. The course focus will be the theory and performance of basic respiratory care therapeutics. Included in this course are laboratory demonstrations and practice to prepare the student to be proficient in application of theory, performance of basic respiratory care skills and troubleshooting. The student will be required to satisfactorily perform skill evaluations in a laboratory setting. The skills and theory covered include: basic physical assessment with vital signs, bulk oxygen systems, cylinders, regulators, flow-meters, blenders, compressors, concentrators, breathing techniques, sustained maximal inspiration, oxygen therapy, oxygen therapy equipment and analyzation, postural drainage, percussive therapies, positive expiratory therapies, basic pharmacology, blood gas sampling and analysis, aerosol medication therapies, electrocardiograms and manual resuscitators. 

    RC 2124 - Critical Care Respiratory Therapy
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: RC 2314 Advanced Respiratory Therapy Procedures
    4CREDITS

    This course prepares the student for management of the Critical Care Pulmonary Patient. Emphasis is placed on developing patient care plans for overall management of the critically ill patient, application of advanced ventilation modes, techniques for liberation from the ventilator, interpretation of ventilator waveforms, hemodynamic monitoring methods and management, evaluation of fluid balance and electrolytes. The student will demonstrate proficiency in treating respiratory emergencies, and practice a variety of advanced patient assessments including modification of treatment plans and/or assisting the physician. Students will demonstrate proficiency with laboratory skills and clinical patient scenario simulation.

    RC 2222 - Respiratory Therapy Pathology and Pharmacology
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: RC 1342 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
    2CREDITS

    This course is a study of diseases common to patients requiring respiratory therapy and/or intensive care. Study of each disease will include: epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. in conjunction with the study of diseases will be the study of pharmacologic agents typically administered by respiratory therapists as well as medications that are critically important to the overall patient care plan. Study of pharmacological agents will include basic principles of pharmacology and drug administration safety along with specific information about the most important and commonly used respiratory related drugs. Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify a disease process from key patient information and formulate an appropriate treatment plan including pharmacological agents.

    RC 2314 - Advanced Respiratory Therapy Procedures
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prequisite: RC 2114 Basic Respiratory Therapy Procedures
    4CREDITS

    This course is designed for the Respiratory Care Practitioner student that has successfully completed the Basic Respiratory Therapy Procedures course. The course focus will be the theory and performance of advanced respiratory care therapeutics to prepare the student for initial adult critical care practice. The student will be required to satisfactorily perform skill evaluations and troubleshooting in a laboratory setting. The skills and theory covered include: blood gas evaluation, positive airway pressure therapies, airway management techniques, oral and nasal airways, intubation, extubation, suctioning, tracheostomy care, tracheal tube management, specialty emergency airways, basic ventilator function and application, bi-level positive airway pressure and non-invasive positive airway pressure therapies, initiation of continuous ventilator life support devices, continuous ventilator patient management techniques and weaning from life support devices. 

    RC 2322 - Diagnostics and Outpatient Services
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: RC 1342 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
    2CREDITS

    The course focus is cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnostic testing, homecare, discharge planning and pulmonary rehabilitation. Included in the course are laboratory demonstrations and practice as it relates to pulmonary functions testing, assisting with bronchoscopy and oxygen therapy in the home setting. The student will be required to satisfactorily perform skill evaluations in the laboratory setting for pulmonary function testing. in addition, theory covered in the course includes: diagnostic testing for the cardiac patient, diagnostic testing for sleep apnea, electroencephalogram (EEG), exercise testing, pulmonary rehabilitation, homecare and discharge planning.

    RC 2352 - Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: RC 2114 Basic Respiratory Therapy Procedures
    2CREDITS

    This course is designed to discuss the various aspects of respiratory care which are unique to the neonatal and pediatric patient. This includes development of the fetus, evaluation and stabilization of high-risk newborns, pediatric respiratory therapeutics, advanced life support, the study of pediatric diseases with cardiopulmonary implications and appropriate therapeutic interventions. Mechanical ventilation of the newborn, specialty gas administration, high frequency ventilation, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are also covered. Students will complete the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and participate in laboratory practice and evaluations utilizing human patient simulators.

    RC 2364 - Clinical Application of Respiratory Therapeutics I
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: RC 1133; admission to program; Co-requisite: RC 2114
    4CREDITS

    This course is designed for the beginning Respiratory Care Practitioner student. The course focus is clinical observation, assistance and performance of Respiratory Therapeutics which were taught in the Basic Respiratory Therapy Procedures and Advanced Respiratory Therapy Procedures courses and Labs. The student will demonstrate clinical proficiency of the following respiratory therapeutics: physical assessment, oxygen therapy, aerosol medication administration, chest physiotherapy techniques, isolation techniques, tracheal suctioning, tracheal airway care, arterial blood gas sampling, positive pressure therapies, pulse oximetry, noninvasive ventilation techniques, basic life support systems, and continuous ventilation of the adult patient. The student will be supervised in the affiliate Respiratory Care Departments by the adjunct faculty and program faculty.

    RC 2524 - Respiratory Care Advanced Practice
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. RC 2314 Advanced Respiratory Therapy Care Procedures
    4CREDITS

    This is the final respiratory theory class for respiratory care students approaching graduation. It is intended to allow practice and demonstration of integration of acquired skills and knowledge at the advanced practitioner level. Students will utilize current standards of evidence based medicine to manage patients in complex patient care scenarios. This will reinforce the skills of appropriate, thorough patient assessment followed by the use of protocols to formulate an effective patient care plan and analyze patient response. Students will also participate in a structured self- assessment and review plan in preparation for their credentialing examinations. This will include theory review, quizzes and multiple practice examinations.

    RC 2534 - Clinical Application of Respiratory Therapeutics II
    Prerequisites: Read/Writing competency satisfied by prerequisite course. Prerequisite: RC 2364 Clinical Application of Respiratory Therapeutics I
    4CREDITS

    This course is designed for the Respiratory Care Practitioner student. The course focus is clinical observation, assistance and performance of Respiratory Therapeutics which were taught in Diagnostics & Out-Patient Services, Pediatric & Neonatal Respiratory Care, and the Critical Care Respiratory Therapy courses and Labs. The student will demonstrate clinical proficiency of the following respiratory therapeutics: physical assessment, simple spirometry, oxygen therapy, aerosol medication administration, tracheal suctioning, tracheal airway care, tracheal extubation, blood gas sampling, ventilatory assessment, noninvasive ventilation techniques, ventilation of the ped-neonate patient and continuous ventilation of the adult patient. The student will be supervised in the affiliate Respiratory Care Departments by the adjunct faculty and program faculty.

    Sociology

    SOC 2143 - Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    This course examines sociological theories of contact between minority and majority groups in a multicultural society, including topics such as prejudice, discrimination, acculturation, and pluralism.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - Success in College and Life
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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