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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 the minimum 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 (14 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 1445 - Respiratory Procedures III*
  • RESP 1458 - Intro to Respiratory Critical Care*
  • RESP 2213 - Clinical Medicine*
  • RESP 2225 - Clinical II*
  • RESP 2245 - Clinical III*
  • RESP 2353 - Cardiopulmonary Procedures*
  • RESP 2411 - Professional Skills*
  • 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 four 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 - Intro to Anatomy & Physiology* 1 or BIOL 2654 - Anatomy & Physiology II*
  3. Humanities - 3 credit hours
    CHOOSE ONE course from the following:
    • PHIL 2543 - Death and Dying*
    • 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*

Minimum credit hours required for completion - 70

*Course has prerequisite.

1This course is pending ICCB approval.

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 1458* 8 cr. hrs.
RESP 1445* 5 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 and a negative drug screen.

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.