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Respiratory Therapy

Associate in Applied Science

The Respiratory Therapist is a health care professional who specializes in the application of scientific knowledge in providing and supporting the cardiopulmonary 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 main career opportunities for Respiratory Therapy are found in: acute care hospitals, post-acute care centers, home care, pulmonary function laboratories, pulmonary rehabilitation clinics, and asthma clinics. Additional opportunities may be found in: sleep medicine centers, hyperbaric medicine, respiratory education, air transport, physician’s offices, medical research, armed services and as traveling therapists.

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Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 72 / 73
  • Contact Hours: 123 / 124

Recommended Math Pathway: STEM

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 or ENGL-103 and ENGL-102 or ENGL-104

Degree Pathway

Course Name Course Notes Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
Year One
Fall
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* 4 3
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3 3
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3 3
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3 3
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Total 15 17
Year One
Winter
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* 4 3
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* 2 4
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33
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3 3
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1 1
Total 10 14
Year Two
Fall
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33
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11
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13
Total1012
Year Two
Winter
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33
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33
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515
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13
Total1224
Year Two
Spring / Summer
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*** 1 3
Total 6 16
Year Three
Fall
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13
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11
Total1122
Year Three
Winter
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11
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515
Total919
Notes
*Must be completed with a "C" or 2.0 grade or better to be eligible for program
** or 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
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