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 students must complete a separate application for the 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
Intro to Interpersonal 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
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Cultures
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
Introduction to Political Science
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Social Problems
Select 3 credits from one of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
History of Rock Music
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
Introduction to Logic
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
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 respiratory care profession. Topics include the role of the respiratory care practitioner, medical gas administration, basic patient assessment, infection control, and medical terminology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in 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 is a continuation of RCP 110. Emphasis is placed on entry-level therapeutic and diagnostic procedures used in respiratory care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in 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

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, pathogenesis, and physiology of cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders. Emphasis is placed on clinical signs and symptoms along with diagnoses, complications, prognoses, and management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these 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

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

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 RCP 114 Minimum grade C

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 RCP 145 Minimum grade 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 study of mechanical ventilation, underlying pathophysiology, and introduction of critical care monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 111 RCP 115 RCP 145 RCP 152 MED 120 MAT 140 with a minimum grade of C

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. Topics include advanced cardiac monitoring and special procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate, design, and recommend appropriate care plans through written and laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 210 RCP 214 RCP 235 RCP 222 Minimum grade C

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 in-depth coverage of the concepts of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on neonatal and pediatric pathophysiology and on the special therapeutic needs of neonates and children. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these concepts through written and laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take RCP 111 RCP 115 RCP 145 RCP 152 Minimum grade 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 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 RCP 152 Minimum grade C

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 RCP 235 with a minimum grade of C