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Pre-Respiratory Therapy

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is designed to help prepare students for admission to the Respiratory Therapy AAS degree.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: This program is designed to prepare students to succeed in the Respiratory Therapy AAS degree.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: This program admits new students in the spring, summer, and fall semesters of each year. Students must declare their plan as Pre-Respiratory Therapy CSC (code 221-181-02) and will be assigned the Respiratory Therapy AAS plan (code 181). Declaring the Respiratory Therapy AAS plan code does not mean that the student has been accepted to the program.

Students enrolled in this CSC must communicate with their Respiratory Therapy program advisor after completing at least 15 credits of the curriculum.

All CSC courses must be in progress or completed by the February 1 application deadline for the fall Respiratory Therapy AAS degree program. Completion of this CSC does not guarantee admission to the Respiratory Therapy AAS degree.

Students enrolled in the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate must do the following: 

  • Take the Mathematics Virginia Placement Test (VPT) and complete through MTE 5 if developmental mathematics is required based on placement test results. Students with transferable college algebra with a grade of “C” or better will be exempt from the mathematics placement test.
  • Achieve a grade of “C” or better in BIO 141 and BIO 142. The prerequisites for BIO 141 are high school biology and chemistry completed within five years of registering for the course or BIO 101 (or an equivalent) or advisor approval.
  • Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in ENG 111, Social/Behavioral Science Elective, Humanities/Fine Arts Elective, BIO 141, BIO 142, RTH 102, and RTH 121.
  • Apply to graduate from the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate. (Refer to the Academic Calendar for graduation deadlines.)

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. 
HRS.

LAB. 
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

RTH 102

Integrated Sciences for Respiratory Care

3

0

3

RTH 121

Cardiopulmonary Science I

3

0

3

BIO 141

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

BIO 142

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

25

6

27

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Pre-Respiratory Therapy 27

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1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

RESPIRATORY THERAPY

RTH 102 Integrated Sciences for Respiratory Care 3 cr.

Integrates the concepts of mathematics, chemistry, physics, microbiology, and computer technology as these sciences apply to the practices of respiratory care.Lecture 3 hours per week.

RTH 110 Fundamental Theory and Procedures for Respiratory Care 4 cr.

Focuses on the development of basic respiratory care skills necessary to enter the hospital environment.Prerequisite: Completion of the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate and acceptance into pre-clinical courses.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 8 hours per week.

RTH 112 Pathology of the Cardiopulmonary System 3 cr.

Presents pathophysiology of medical and surgical diseases with emphasis upon diseases of the cardiopulmonary system.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 3 hours per week.

RTH 121 Cardiopulmonary Science I 3 cr.

Focuses on pathophysiology, assessment, treatment, and evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Explores cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiology and pathophysiology.Lecture 3 hours per week.

RTH 131 Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures I 4 cr.

Presents theory of equipment and procedures and related concepts used for patients requiring general acute and critical cardiopulmonary care.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

RTH 132 Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures II 4 cr.

Presents theory of equipment and procedures and related concepts used for patients requiring general acute and critical cardiopulmonary care.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first two semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

RTH 135 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures I 2 cr.

Focuses on the purpose, implementation, and evaluation of equipment, and procedures used in the diagnosis and therapeutic management of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Explores baseline personal health as it relates to the development and recognition of respiratory diseases or disorders.Prerequisite: Completion of the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate and acceptance into pre-clinical courses.Lecture 1 hour per week.Laboratory 3 hours per week.Total 4 hours per week.

RTH 145 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care I 1 cr.

Presents selection criteria for the use of, and detailed information on, pharmacologic agents used in pulmonary care.Prerequisite: Acceptance into pre-clinical courses.Lecture 1 hour per week.

RTH 190 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: NCC I 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training to enable students to work directly with patients to practice and refine skills learned in the previous semester's classroom and laboratory classes.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 10 hours per week

RTH 190 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: NCC II 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training to enable students to work directly with patients to practice and refine skills learned in the previous semester's classroom and laboratory classes.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 10 hours per week

RTH 190 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: NCC Internship 2 cr.

Provides first-year students an opportunity to practice all non-critical care skills in an acute care setting. The student is paired with an experienced "RRT" and completes 102 hours of non-critical care internship.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first two semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 10 hours per week

RTH 215 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 1 cr.

Focuses on purpose and implementation of comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first two semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 1 hour per week.

RTH 222 Cardiopulmonary Science II 3 cr.

Focuses on assessment, treatment, and evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Explores cardiopulmonary, renal, and neuromuscular physiology and pathophysiology.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first two semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 3 hours per week.

RTH 223 Cardiopulmonary Science III 2 cr.

Continues the exploration of topics discussed in RTH 121 and RTH 222.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 2 hours per week.

RTH 226 Theory of Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2 cr.

Focuses on cardiopulmonary physiology and pathology of the newborn and pediatric patient.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 2 hours per week.

RTH 227 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills II 2 cr.

Presents intensive correlation of all major respiratory therapy subject areas reflecting the entry-level and advanced practitioner matrices. Emphasizes assessment, implementation, and modification of therapy to patient response.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first five semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 2 hours per week.

RTH 236 Critical Care Monitoring 3 cr.

Focuses on techniques and theory necessary for the evaluation and treatment of the critical care patient, especially arterial blood gases and hemodynamic measurements. Explores physiologic effects of advanced mechanical ventilation.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first four semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

RTH 265 Current Issues in Respiratory Care 2 cr.

Explores current issues affecting the profession of respiratory care.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Lecture 2 hours per week.

RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: ACC/NPCC I 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training. Introduces the student to respiratory critical care, home care, and diagnostic pulmonary functions. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric, and neonatal) and practice and are evaluated on entry-level critical care skills. Introduces students to adult and pediatric home care and helps them learn to perform diagnostic pulmonary functions.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 10 hours per week

RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: ACC/NPCC II 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training. Introduces the student to respiratory critical care, home care, and diagnostic pulmonary functions. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric, and neonatal) and practice and are evaluated on entry-level critical care skills. Introduces students to adult and pediatric home care and helps them learn to perform diagnostic pulmonary functions.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 10 hours per week

RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: ACC/NPCC III 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training. Further develops critical respiratory care clinical skills and critical-thinking skills. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric, and neonatal) and practice and are evaluated on advanced-level critical care skills. Students also develop skills in hemodynamic monitoring and polysomnography.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first four semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 10 hours per week

RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: ACC/NPCC IV 1 cr.

Supervises on-the-job training. Further develops critical respiratory care clinical skills and critical-thinking skills. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric, and neonatal) and practice and are evaluated on advanced-level critical care skills. Students also develop skills in hemodynamic monitoring and polysomnography.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first four semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 5 hours per week

RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: ACC/NPCC IV INTERNSHIP 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training. Further develops critical respiratory care clinical skills and critical-thinking skills. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric, and neonatal) and practice and are evaluated on advanced-level critical care skills.Prerequisites: Successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first five semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.Laboratory 10 hours per week

Name Program Email Phone
Nakia Austin Pre-Respiratory Therapy CS naustin@reynolds.edu 523-5009
Benny Cherian  Pre-Respiratory Therapy CS Bcherian@reynolds.edu 523-5013