Respiratory Therapy Associate in Science

Respiratory Therapy

Associate in Science

 

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image of Respiratory Therapy Students and instructorThis program prepares students to become qualified members of the respiratory care profession. Throughout the program, students are provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to evaluate, treat, and manage patients with respiratory diseases and other cardiopulmonary disorders. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, students gain skills in clinical decision-making and patient education. Students are guided in the development of the ethical practice necessary to enter the allied health workforce.

 

 

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC)
1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244
817-283-2835
www.coarc.com

 

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PROGRAM MISSION

 he mission of the Respiratory Therapy Program at Kennebec Valley Community College is to educate and train competent Respiratory Therapists who will provide patients in all health care settings with appropriate and quality respiratory care services. The program is committed to providing students with a foundation of knowledge, skills and behaviors that will carry them into the work force and lifelong learning.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Therapy program, graduates are expected to:

  1. Be prepared and competent to provide respiratory care services within their scope of practice.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors that allow them to function ethically and responsibly by showing tolerance and respect for diversity of culture, age, and gender.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication with patients, families, and other members of the health care community.
  4. Be capable of critical thinking and problem solving within their scope of professional practice.
  5. Participate in activities that foster professional growth as life-long learners.

 

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CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION

Students must complete 73 credits in the Respiratory Therapy program, achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Graduates are eligible to apply for a Maine license to practice Respiratory Care.

 

 

 

 

 

Year One

Semester I

Code

Course

Hours

Total Hours

RTS111

Intro to Respiratory Care

5

 

 

15

RTS117

Cardiopulmonary/Renal Anatomy & Physiology

3

BIO213

Anatomy & Physiology I

4

CHE113

Biochemistry OR any CHE111 or higher

3

Semester II

RTS112

Therapeutic Modalities in Respiratory Care

5

 

 

18

RTS121

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics

3

BIO214

Anatomy & Physiology II

4

ENG101

College Composition

3

MAT117

College Algebra OR higher

3

Summer

Session

Summer Session-- Six Weeks
RTS120 Clinical Practicum I 3

 

8

RTS127 Respiratory Pharmacology 2
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3

 

 

 

 

 

Year Two

Semester III

RTS223

Mechanical Ventilation

3

 

 

17

RTS225

Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RTS226

Cardiopulmonary Pathology

3

RTS229

Clinical Practicum II

5

*

Social Science Elective

3

Semester IV

RTS224

Concepts in Critical Care

3

 

 

15

RTS230

Clinical Practicum III

5

RTS231

Respiratory Care Senior Seminar

1

COM104 or COM105 Introduction to Communication OR Interpersonal Comm. 3

*

Humanties Elective

3

TOTAL HOURS

73

Kennebec Valley Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer.

Applicants who consider a career in phlebotomy or any other of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.

Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is possible. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock.

Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check will be required while they are enrolled in the program or as a condition of employment in the field. Certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession in which you are interested has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair or Program Director.