Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to perform as professional respiratory therapists. In these roles, individuals complete diagnostic tests, treatments, and management of patients with heart and lung diseases.

Students learn to master many skills for treating patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include assessment, life support, monitoring, and drug administration involving patients of all ages in various settings (emergency room, critical care, or general floor). Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination and Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) from the National Board for Respiratory Care. Graduates may be employed in acute and long-term hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry and home care.

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Respiratory Therapy (A45720)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science degree - Respiratory Therapy is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Complete a CPCC admissions application.
  • Admission to the Surgical Technology program is competitive. Please note that, in additional to the general application to CPCC, students must complete a separate application for the Surgical Technology Program when they are ready to apply. 
  • See the Respiratory Therapy website for the program application.
  • Students must be selected to enter the program.  Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses as scheduled and sequenced.

Program Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy Program at CPCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
CoARC
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
817.283.2835

Additional Expenses and Requirements

Expenses
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following:

  • uniforms, lab coat
  • stethoscope, scissors, hemostats, watch with a second hand
  • a physical examination, including immunizations such as tetanus toxoid, hepatitis B, TB test, blood test e.g., rubella titer,
  • fees for Health Care Provider Cardiac Life Support course
  • fees for Self-Assessment Examinations.

Students also are required to submit to a 13 panel drug screen every fall they are in the program at their own expense.

Verifications
Students must provide a certificate of health or accident insurance.

To participate in clinical education experiences at healthcare facilities, students may be required to submit results of a N.C. state or national criminal background check at their own expense.

As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

Attendance
Attendance at professional seminars and meetings is required.

Grade Requirement
In order to progress in this program, students must earn a “C” or better in all curriculum courses.

Contact Information

The Respiratory Therapy program is in the Health and Human Services Division. For more information, call 704.330.6081.  Division offices are located on the 3rd floor of the Health Careers Building in the Belk Wing.

For an admission packet, frequently asked questions and other information, visit the Respiratory Therapy program website.

If further assistance is needed, contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6795.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits from one of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits from one of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits from one of the following:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits from one of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select 3 credits from one of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Major Requirements
RCP 110Intro to Respiratory Care4.0
RCP 111Therapeutics/Diagnostics5.0
RCP 113RCP Pharmacology2.0
RCP 114C-P Anatomy & Physiology3.0
RCP 115C-P Pathophysiology2.0
RCP 122Special Practice Lab1.0
RCP 123Special Practice Lab1.0
RCP 145RCP Clinical Practice II5.0
RCP 152RCP Clinical Practice III2.0
RCP 210Critical Care Concepts4.0
RCP 211Adv Monitoring/Procedures4.0
RCP 214Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care2.0
RCP 222Special Practice Lab1.0
RCP 223Special Practice Lab (Special Practice Lab)1.0
RCP 235RCP Clinical Practice IV5.0
RCP 247RCP Clinical Practice V7.0
Select 5 credits from one one of the following:5.0
Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 168 and 169 may substitute for BIO 163)
Select 2 credits from one of the following:2.0
Survey of Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology I
Total Credits74

No diplomas offered.

No certificates offered.

Courses

RCP 110. Intro to Respiratory Care. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the role of the respiratory care practitioner within interprofessional teams and interacting with diverse populations. Topics include medical gas administration, basic patient assessment, infection control, and medical terminology using proper written and oral communication methods to prepare students for clinical practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 163 BIO 165 BIO 166 BIO 168 or BIO 169 with a minimum grade of C

RCP 111. Therapeutics/Diagnostics. 5.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides emphasis on therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Topics include applying problem solving strategies in the patient care setting, applying ethical principles in decision making, and practicing professional responsibilities, which will prepare students for clinical practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 110

RCP 113. RCP Pharmacology. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the drugs used in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasis is placed on the uses, actions, indications, administration, and hazards of pharmacological agents. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence though written evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 163, BIO 165, BIO 166, BIO 168, or BIO 169 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take RCP 110, RCP 114, RCP 122, and RCP 123

RCP 114. C-P Anatomy & Physiology. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a concentrated study of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology essential to the practice of respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, acid/base balance, and blood gas interpretation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these concepts through written evaluation.

RCP 115. C-P Pathophysiology. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnoses, prognoses, complications, and management of cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasis is placed on developing, evaluating, and modifying respiratory care plans based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in cardio-pulmonary disease concepts through written evaluations.

RCP 122. Special Practice Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 163, BIO 165, BIO 166, BIO 168, or BIO 169 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take RCP 113, RCP 114, and RCP 123

RCP 123. Special Practice Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 163, BIO 165, BIO 166, BIO 168, or BIO 169 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take RCP 113, RCP 114, and RCP 122

RCP 145. RCP Clinical Practice II. 5.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-15.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 110, RCP 113, and RCP 114 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take RCP 111

RCP 152. RCP Clinical Practice III. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-6.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 111, RCP 115, and RCP 145 with a minimum grade of C

RCP 210. Critical Care Concepts. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides further refinement of acute patient care and underlying pathophysiology. Topics include a continuation in the application and management of mechanical ventilation, assessment underlying pathophysiology, and introduction of critical care monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 111, RCP 115, RCP 145, RCP 152, and MED 120 with a minimum grade of C
Take MAT 143, MAT 152, or MAT 171
Corequisites: Take RCP 222, RCP 235, and RCP 214

RCP 211. Adv Monitoring/Procedures. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course includes advanced information gathering and decision making for the respiratory care professional using evidence-based respiratory care protocols. Topics include advanced cardiac monitoring, special procedures, respiratory care protocols, and disease management. Upon completion, students should be able to assess, recommend, and independently modify respiratory care protocols through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 210, RCP 214, RCP 235, and RCP 222 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take RCP 247

RCP 214. Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides comprehensive coverage of the concepts of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on pathophysiology, patient assessment and special therapeutic needs of neonates and children based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the neonatal and pediatric respiratory care concepts through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 111, RCP 115, RCP 145, and RCP 152 with a minimum grade of C

RCP 222. Special Practice Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 111, RCP 115, RCP 145, and RCP 152 with a minimum grade of C

RCP 223. Special Practice Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

RCP 235. RCP Clinical Practice IV. 5.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-15.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 111, RCP 115, RCP 145, and RCP 152 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take RCP 210

RCP 247. RCP Clinical Practice V. 7.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-21.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 210, RCP 211, RCP 214, RCP 222, and RCP 235 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take RCP 211