Respiratory Therapist

Associate in Applied Science Degree - RESP.AAS.C23

This program is designed to prepare graduates as competent advanced-level respiratory therapists. Therapists provide care and treatment to patients suffering from breathing disorders and also may be involved in diagnostic testing, clinical supervision, and decision-making.

This two-year program puts equal emphasis on theory, clinical practice, and the professional behavior expected of a respiratory care therapist. This degree typically is not designed for transfer.

For program entry requirements, consult a KCC advisor, see Information on Health Career Programs  and read theminimum abilities requirements . Save and/or print this fillable eligibility check sheet.

Learn more: Email advising@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8500.

Program coordinator: Nancy Ozee, email nozee@kcc.edu, phone 815-802-8842

Respiratory Therapist Major (15 courses)
Credit hours: 53

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • * RESP 1113 - Respiratory Physiology
  • * RESP 1224 - Clinical I
  • * RESP 1324 - Respiratory Procedures I
  • * RESP 1331 - Respiratory Skills I
  • * RESP 1435 - Respiratory Procedures II
  • * RESP 1445 - Respiratory Procedures III
  • * RESP 2213 - Clinical Medicine
  • * RESP 2225 - Clinical II
  • * RESP 2245 - Clinical III
  • * RESP 2353 - Cardiopulmonary Procedures
  • * RESP 2411 - Professional Skills
  • * RESP 2433 - Respiratory Procedures IV
  • * RESP 2445 - Respiratory Procedures V
  • * RESP 2453 - Respiratory Procedures VI
  • * RESP 2483 - Respiratory Seminar

General Education (5 courses)
Credit hours: 17

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better

Complete all five sub-requirements:

  1. Communications course - 6 credit hours
    • * ENGL 1413 - Fundamentals of Writing or ENGL 1613 - English I
    • * SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech
  2. Life science - 4 credit hours - The life science course must be taken prior to or concurrently with the first semester of respiratory therapist courses.
    • * BIOL 1564 - Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology or *BIOL 2654 - Anatomy & Physiology II
  3. Humanities - 3 credit hours
    CHOOSE ONE course from the following:
    • PHIL 2543 - Death and Dying or PHIL 2523 - Ethics
    • PHIL 2523 - Ethics
    • PSYC 2573 - Adulthood & Aging
  4. Physical science - 4 credit hours
    The Physical Science course must be taken prior to or concurrently with the first semester of respiratory therapist courses.
    • * PSCI 1514 - Introduction to Physical Science – Chemistry and Physics

Minimum credit hours required for completion - 70

*Course has prerequisite.

Respiratory Therapist A.A.S. — Suggested course sequence

Spring
* RESP 1113 3 cr. hrs.
* RESP 1324 4 cr. hrs.
* BIOL 1564 4 cr. hrs.
* PSCI 1514 4 cr. hrs.
  ENGL 1413 3 cr. hrs.

Summer
* RESP 1331 1 cr. hrs.
  SPCH 1553 3 cr. hrs.

Fall
* RESP 1224 4 cr. hrs.
* RESP 1435 5 cr. hrs.
* RESP 1445 5 cr. hrs.
* RESP 2433 3 cr. hrs.

Spring
* RESP 2213 2 cr. hrs.
* RESP 2225 5 cr. hrs.
* RESP 2411 1 cr. hrs.
* RESP 2445 5 cr. hrs.

Summer
* RESP 2453 3 cr. hrs.
* PHIL   2543 3 cr. hrs.

Fall
* RESP 2245 5 cr. hrs.
* RESP 2353 3cr. hrs.
* RESP 2483 3 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

Additional Program Information

Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to apply for admission to the National Board for Respiratory Care Exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www. coarc.com): 1248 Harwood; Bedford, TX 76021-4244; 817-283-2835.

Each student in this program must have a physical exam, criminal background check without any disqualifying convictions, a negative drug screen, and have current medical insurance.

The curriculum of record for students applying to, but not yet accepted into, competitive entry health careers programs will be the Associate in General Studies.