Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2014-2015

Respiratory Therapist

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 semesters, including 1 summer)

Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Upon completion of the Respiratory Therapy program you should have the skills and knowledge needed to sit for the CRTT (Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician) entry-level exam, and the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) advanced exam, both administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). The exams listed are required for employment and licensure within the state of Iowa and the Respiratory Therapy profession.

Personal Characteristics
Respiratory therapy may be for you if you are naturally curious and would enjoy learning about and applying your knowledge of respiratory technology directly to patient care. Your ability to assess technical problems and make independent decisions is important. You should also have good eye-hand coordination, possess basic competence in science and math, have good communication skills and an ability to convey technical knowledge.

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.

Respiratory therapists work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct care to children and adults, including delivery of oxygen, administration or aerosolized drugs, endotracheal intubation, suctioning, management of life support, weaning of ventilation of life support, insertion of arterial lines, management of tracheotomies, drawing and interpretation of arterial blood gas samples. Advanced skills include intravenous, chest tube and central line insertions, as well as bronchoscopy procedures.

The Respiratory Therapist curriculum consists of classroom, laboratory and hospital-based clinical experiences at area hospitals and in-home health. This program begins each Fall semester.

Career opportunities: hospitals; training centers; hospital outreach programs; pharmaceutical sales; sleep labs; outpatient clinics; home health agencies; health education; medical research, physician offices.


Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy & 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-102

Intermediate Algebra*

4

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

*Courses may be taken before beginning the program.

**Courses must be completed with a C- or better before admissions into the program.

Respiratory Therapist graduates can take the entry-level exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) and be eligible for their Registered Respiratory Therapy licensure upon passing the CRT exam.

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