Program Guide
Respiratory Therapy
Associate in Applied Science

This program guide lists the current requirements for this degree. See bottom of page for a link to previous versions of this program guide.
Health Sciences Division
Office:
Curtice-Mott Complex CM2313
Phone:
(810) 762-0317
 

The Respiratory Therapist is a health care professional who specializes in the application of scientific knowledge in providing and supporting the pulmonary requirements for a wide variety of patients that include newborn infants, children, adults and the elderly. Respiratory Therapists work under the direction of a physician to assess, manage, treat, educate and care for patients with a wide range of cardiopulmonary disorders. The Respiratory Therapist works in a collaborative fashion with other health care providers to restore the cardiopulmonary health of the patient.

 
 
The overall goal of the program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and professional behavior of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Respiratory Therapy is a licensed profession in the State of Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Health Professions, www.michigan.gov/mdch is responsible for granting licensure for qualified applicants.  The program provides the student with the knowledge and experience that will qualify them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).  The website for the NBRC is http:www.nbrc.org/.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); 1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835; http://www.coarc.com/. Program outcomes which include examination results, attrition, number of enrollees, number of graduates and job placement for all respiratory therapy programs may be found at this website.

The majority of the clinical experience portion of the program is performed the following clinical affiliates:  Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Regional Medical Center, Lapeer Regional Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare, University of Michigan Health System and Grand Blanc Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Admission Process to the Respiratory Therapy Program

a.      Student completes eligibility requirements for the program.
b.      Coordinator receives supplemental application for the program.
c.      Coordinator verifies that all requirements have been met.
d.      Coordinator notifies student of acceptance into the program and date student can expect to begin classes.
e.      Student makes appointment with coordinator to register for Fall classes.
f.       Student attends orientation session prior to Fall semester.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1.      Be admitted to MCC and declare intent to enter the RT program.

2.      Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in eligibility requirement courses (see #5 for specific courses).

3.      Demonstrate College level reading comprehension on the ACCUPLACER placement test, OR a minimum score of 20 on the reading portion of the ACT.  A satisfactory grade in RDNG 030 or ENGL 100 will also meet this requirement.

4.      Demonstrate math competency by successful completion of a 100 level or higher Mathematics course with a 2.0 grade or better; or by recommendation to take MATH 130 or higher on the MCC placement test; or by scoring 25 or better on the math portion of the ACT.

5.      Complete AHLT 102, BIOL 101, BIOL 151, and BIOL 152 with a "C" or 2.0 grade or better.

6.      Submit a current cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card.  The card must be the BLS Health Care Provider from the American Heart Association or the Professional Rescuer from the American Red Cross.

7.      Complete a minimum of 4 hours of a "job shadowing" experience at an approved clinical affiliate.  The program coordinator will schedule the appointment.

8.      Submit a Supplemental Application for Respiratory Therapy to the Division of Health Sciences office (Curtice-Mott 2313).  This application should be submitted during the semester in which the last eligibility requirement will be completed.

9.      Must have an acceptable criminal background check for the purpose of identifying any student who could not continue in the program due to a felony conviction (with the last 15 years) or misdemeanor conviction (within the last 1,3,5, or 10 years) in accordance with State statutes and laws.  Students will be required to have additional checks prior to the start of the clinical sequence of the program at the request of specific clinical facilities.  The cost of the criminal background check is the responsibility of the student.

 
 

Occupational Specialty Courses

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
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    RTAD-120  Respiratory Assessment   
    RTAD-121  Respiratory Principles   
    RTAD-122  Respiratory Physiology   
    RTAD-124  Respiratory Pharmacology   
    RTAD-125  Respiratory Lab I   
    RTAD-130  Respiratory Techniques   
    RTAD-132  Respiratory Pathophysiology   
    RTAD-134  Respiratory Clinical Practice I  15   
    RTAD-135  Respiratory Lab II   
    RTAD-150  Respiratory Procedures   
    RTAD-154  Respiratory Clinical Practice II  12   
    RTAD-155  Respiratory Lab III   
    RTAD-221  Critical Respiratory Care   
    RTAD-222  Respiratory Neonatal/Pediatric Care  1.25  1.75   
    RTAD-223  Respiratory Clinical Practice III  12   
    RTAD-224  Respiratory Clinical/Critical Care   
    RTAD-225  Respiratory Diagnostics/Sub Acute Care   
    RTAD-231  Respiratory Seminar   
    RTAD-232  Respiratory Exam Preparation   
    RTAD-233  Respiratory Clinical Practice IV  15   
Group Total  47.25 91.75  
 

Related Requirement Courses

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    AHLT-102  Medical Terminology   
    AHLT-113  Multicultural Health Care   
Group Total  2 2  
 

Recommended Elective Courses

 
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      Program does not specify Recommended Elective Courses for degree completion 
Group Total  0 0  
 

General Education Requirements (minimum of 18 credits required)

 


English Composition (3 credits)

 
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Hours
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    ENGL-101  English Composition I   
  or  ENGL-103  Composition for Technical Fields I   


Humanities (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
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    ENGL-102  English Composition II   
  or  ENGL-104  Composition for Technical Fields II   


Social Science (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
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      Any PSYC course 


Mathematics (3-4 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
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      Test out by placing into MATH 130 or higher on the MCC Placement Test     
      OR Complete a 100 level Mathematics course with a minimum grade of 2.0     
      OR by scoring 25 or higher on the math portion of the ACT     
      OR by scoring 620 or higher on the math portion of the SAT     
Group Total  3-4 3-4  


Additional General Education Credits to Fulfill General Education Requirements

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    BIOL-151  Human Anatomy and Physiology I   
    BIOL-151L  Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab   
    BIOL-152  Human Anatomy and Physiology II   
    BIOL-152L  Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab   
    BIOL-101  Microbiology for Health Sciences   
Group Total  18 18  
     
    Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
 
      PROGRAM TOTAL: 72.25 122.75  
   
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