Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Respiratory Therapist

Allied Health

221 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall

Award

Associate of Applied Science degree

2 years (5 semesters)

Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems. Respiratory therapists administer oxygen, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manage mechanical ventilators, administer medications, monitor cardiopulmonary systems and measure lung function. Respiratory therapists treat all types of patients: premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed, elderly patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care for heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

Career opportunities: hospitals, sales and training, hospital outreach programs, pharmaceutical sales, sleep lab, outpatient clinics, home health agencies.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

BIO-186

Microbiology

4

CHM-110

Introduction to Chemistry

3

 

 

10

First Semester (Fall)

ENG-105

Composition I

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-115

Medical Terminology

4

HSC-210

Health Skills I

1

MAT-107

Survey of Math

4

MAT-102

Intermediate Algebra

 

RCP-120

Cardiopulmonary Assessment

1

RCP-210

Introduction to Respiratory Care

2.5

 

 

17.5

Second Semester (Spring)

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

RCP-220

Respiratory Care I

3

RCP-300

Respiratory Physiology

4

RCP-730

Respiratory Care Clinic I

2.5

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

 

 

15.5

Third Semester (Summer)

RCP-370

Respiratory Pathology I

2

RCP-420

Pulmonary Function Testing

2

RCP-510

Respiratory Care II

6

 

 

10

Fourth Semester (Fall)

RCP-380

Respiratory Pathology II

2.5

RCP-470

Cardiac Monitoring

1.5

RCP-610

Perinatology

2.5

RCP-735

Respiratory Care Clinic II

6.5

RCP-850

Respiratory Care III

2.5

 

 

15.5

Fifth Semester (Spring)

RCP-480

Advanced Cardiac Care

2.5

RCP-740

Respiratory Care Clinic III

6.5

RCP-890

Respiratory Care Applications

2

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Humanities elective

3

 

 

14

Total program credit hours

82.5

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