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Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 71 credits
Program contact: Division of Allied Health, (815) 921-3200 or Program Chair, (815) 921-3220
Respiratory Care is an allied health profession that focuses on the care of patients with cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) problems. The graduates of the Rock Valley College program are prepared to work locally and nationally. As highly skilled and knowledgeable Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), they are vital parts of the health care team. RRT’s actively work to deliver direct patient care with physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals. This includes patient assessment to help guide the treatment, care, education, and rehabilitation of the patient. RRT’s also provide therapeutic treatment and diagnostic (test) measurement of the cardio-pulmonary system. RRT’s are trained to blend human relations skills with technical and scientific knowledge in order to give the best direct patient care possible. Skills are mastered through classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.
Graduates of the program generally work in hospitals, assuming staff respiratory therapist positions or specializing in critical care or diagnostic areas. Other opportunities exist in the home care settings or through advancement into management or educational positions and rehab. A video titled “Life and Breath” can be viewed at www.aarc.org/career.
To be considered for admission the applicant must:
Admission is selective and competitive. All required documents must be submitted to the Respiratory Care Program office on or before January 20th to be reviewed for admission for the fall term. The Respiratory Care Program holds information sessions that cover prerequisites and other important admission information. Attendance of a session is required to receive an application packet for the program. For details on scheduling to attend an information session, call the Respiratory Care Program office at (815) 921-3200.
Students will undergo a criminal background check and drug testing upon admission to the program. It is possible that a student’s criminal background and/or a positive drug test will prevent participation in hospital clinical practice and program completion.
Students are required to earn at least a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the Respiratory Care program of study. Failure to do so will prevent a student from taking later courses in the program and from graduating.
|RSP-113||Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology||(3)|
|RSP-121||Respiratory Care Pract Procedures I||(5)|
|RSP-122||Resp Care Practices & Procedures II||(5)|
|RSP-131||Clinical Practice I||(2)|
|RSP-132||Clinical Practice II||(3)|
|RSP-221||Resp Care Practices & Procedures III||(3)|
|RSP-222||Cardiopulmonary Testing & Rehab||(3)|
|RSP-223||Resp Care Practices & Procedures IV||(4)|
|RSP-224||Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care||(2)|
|RSP-225||Respiratory Care Seminar||(3)|
|RSP-231||Clinical Practice III||(3)|
|RSP-232||Clinical Practice IV||(3)|