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Respiratory Therapy


Associate of Science

Program Length: 20 months

Degree Overview

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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapists (RT) evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. They primarily assist the middle-aged and elderly population and those suffering from cardiopulmonary disease. They work to strengthen patients breathing, returning it back to a healthy state.

Associate's in Respiratory Therapy

An associate's degree in respiratory therapy program can be your key to pursuing a career as a respiratory therapist in hospitals and care centers. Courses can teach students what they need to know to begin working in the field. Courses may cover care management and current issues in respiratory therapy, recent developments in respiratory care, traditional respiratory care, critical care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, pediatric care, and more. All credits earned are transferrable to the California College San Diego's bachelor's degree program.

Applicants to the program need to meet certain requirements for admission to the program. Those interested in applying should look over the Admissions section below to learn how they can qualify. Those admitted take their first steps into a promising career.

Respiratory Therapy Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of respiratory therapy is expected to experience faster than average employment growth, with the number of positions available growing by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020.

The demand for skilled and knowledgeable RTs will continue to grow as the middle-aged and elderly population expands and incidences of cardiopulmonary disease increase.

Respiratory therapists are in demand particularly in hospitals, but opportunities are growing in home healthcare services, physicians' offices or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, and in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various settings.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Respiratory Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm)

Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation

The Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy offered at the California College San Diego main campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). Click here for the Outcomes data from the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status. For information regarding pass rates for the CoARC exam for Respiratory Therapy program graduates click here.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835
www.coarc.com

Call 1-800-622-3188 to speak with an Admissions Consultant, or send us a contact request here.

Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

BIO 130 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
BIO 135 Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
BIO 143 Microbiology and Decontamination 3.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MED 100 Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics 4.0
MED 106 Vital Signs and Emergencies 3.0
MED 201 Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
PSY 220 Psychology 4.0
RES 116 Airway Management II 3.0
RES 120 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 3.0
RES 125 Medical Gas Therapy/Humidity and Aerosol Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy 3.0
RES 128 Arterial Blood Gases/Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3.0
RES 136 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3.0
RES 145 Pulmonary Function Testing 3.0
RES 196 Clinical Experience I 11.0
RES 205 Lung Hyperinflation Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy 3.0
RES 216 Mechanical Ventilation Theory 4.0
RES 236 Mechanical Ventilation Management and Advanced Monitoring 4.0
RES 246 Introduction to RT as a Profession/Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2.0
RES 256 Perinatal and Pediatric Care 4.0
RES 276 ACLS/Introductory Polysomnography 3.0
RES 291 Clinical Experience II 11.0
RES 296 Clinical Experience III 2.0
SCI 101 Math, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences for Respiratory Therapy 4.0
SOC 220 Sociology 4.0

Course Description

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Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology

Detailed study of the structure and function of the human cardiac, pulmonary and renal systems, and associated medical terminology.

Credits: 4.0

Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

Detailed study of the structure and function of the human pulmonary systems and related medical terminology.

Credits: 4.0

Microbiology and Decontamination

Overview of microbial morphology, physiology and identification. Methods of equipment sterilization, isolation methods and universal precautions.

Credits: 3.0

Psychology of Motivation

Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.

Credits: 4.0

English Composition

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics

Introduces terminology that is specific to the medical profession. Course enables students to translate prefixes, suffixes, and root words from their Greek and Latin word parts. Elements will be able to be combined into medical terms. Course also covers medical laws, ethics, and bioethics.

Credits: 4.0

Vital Signs and Emergencies

Presents the proper way of taking patients' vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height, and weight). Growth charting for children is also covered. CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Community First Aid and Safety are taught and certified through the American Heart Association.

Credits: 3.0

Anatomy and Physiology

Covers the anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body including but not limited to the integumentary system, the muscle and skeletal systems, the nervous system, the reproductive system, the digestive system, and the endocrine system. Course includes basic organization and general plan of the body including cells, membranes, and tissues.

Credits: 4.0

Psychology

Explores the aims and methods of psychology. Concepts covered in the course include human behavior, learning theories, memory, and human development.

Credits: 4.0

Airway Management II

The theory, application, and monitoring of airway management.

Credits: 3.0

Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

The indications, contraindication, effects and common usage of cardiopulmonary and other medications commonly used with pulmonary diseased patients, including those used in advanced cardiac life support.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Gas Therapy/Humidity and Aerosol Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy

The therapeutic application and monitoring of oxygen and specialized gas mixtures. Introduction to hyperbaric medical procedures.

Credits: 3.0

Arterial Blood Gases/Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology

The theory, application, and interpretation of blood gas analysis and associated clinical cardiopulmonary physiology determinations.

Credits: 3.0

Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology

Study of adult cardiopulmonary disease states and treatment modalities appropriate to each pathophysiological state.

Credits: 3.0

Pulmonary Function Testing

Theory, application, and current American Thoracic Society standards for spirometry, diffusion studies, and other advanced diagnostic studies.

Credits: 3.0

Clinical Experience I

Documented hands-on patient-care experience with the advanced skills required of a respiratory therapist in a variety of settings. Includes documentation of appropriate physician interaction. Successful completion requires submission of all assigned laboratory and clinical competency documentation sheets.

Credits: 11.0

Lung Hyperinflation Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy

Theory and application of lung hyperinflation along with non-invasive ventilation techniques.

Credits: 3.0

Mechanical Ventilation Theory

Theory of invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation devices.

Credits: 4.0

Mechanical Ventilation Management and Advanced Monitoring

Application and monitoring of invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation devices.

Credits: 4.0

Introduction to RT as a Profession/Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Overview of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs. Application of respiratory therapy modalities in alternate care settings.

Credits: 2.0

Perinatal and Pediatric Care

Theory and application of the care of pediatric and perinatal patients.

Credits: 4.0

ACLS/Introductory Polysomnography

Theory and application of advanced resuscitation modalities and special procedures. Review of theory and case scenarios in cardiopulmonary patient care.

Credits: 3.0

Clinical Experience II

Documented hands-on patient-care experience with the advanced skills required of a respiratory therapist in a variety of settings. Includes documentation of appropriate physician interaction. Successful completion requires submission of all assigned laboratory and clinical competency documentation sheets.

Credits: 11.0

Clinical Experience III

Documented hands-on patient-care experience with the advanced skills required of a respiratory therapist in a variety of settings. Includes documentation of appropriate physician interaction. Successful completion requires submission of all assigned laboratory and clinical competency documentation sheets.

Credits: 2.0

Math, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences for Respiratory Therapy

An overview of mathematical and algebraic calculations, basic chemistry and physics as they relate to respiratory-care sciences.

Credits: 4.0

Sociology

This course addresses the relationships among different social institutions. It examines the dynamics in social groups. Topics covered include the concepts of control, inequity, and change within social groups.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 28Total Credits: 112

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California Locations: San Diego, San Marcos

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