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Respiratory Care AAS

74-75 +College Seminar

This program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform patient assessment and to recommend, deliver, monitor and evaluate therapeutic/diagnostic respiratory care services. The A.A.S degree involves four semesters of entry and advanced level coursework, plus a five-week summer session. A.A.S graduates are eligible to take a series of national examinations that lead to the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Graduates are eligible to take the Entry-Level, Written Registry and Clinical Simulation Exams sponsored by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). Graduation from the Respiratory Care Program does not guarantee success on national credentialing exams. Students can participate in the A.A.S degree program on a part-time or full-time basis. Passing national credential exams is necessary to receive a license to practice as an entry-level and advanced-level respiratory therapist in New York State. If an applicant has charges pending or a felony and/or misdemeanor, a license may be delayed or denied by the applicable state licensing board.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1To prepare graduates for employment as competent and safe respiratory therapists
  • Graduates are employed in a related field within 6 months of graduation or will continue their education.
Goal 2 Graduates will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as respiratory therapists
  • Employers are satisfied with the knowledge base of program graduates.
  • Graduates are satisfied with the knowledge base obtained in the Respiratory Care Program
Goal 3 To prepare graduates to pass the national licensure exams
  • Graduates will pass the national licensure exams within 2 years of graduation.
Goal 4 To prepare students and graduates to demonstrate technical proficiencies in all skills necessary to fulfill their roles as respiratory therapists
  • Students will perform the psychomotor skills required of a respiratory therapist during clinical sessions.
  • Employers are satisfied with the psychomotor skills of program graduates.
  • Graduates are satisfied with the psychomotor skills obtained in the Respiratory Care Program.
Goal 5 To prepare students and graduates to demonstrate behavioral skills essential to functioning as effective respiratory therapists
  • Students will communicate effectively in the clinical environment.
  • Graduates are satisfied with the behavioral skills obtained in the Respiratory Care Program.
  • Employers are satisfied with the behavioral skills of program graduates.
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
4.5
BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
This course covers the structure and function of the human organism and the regulatory processes that operate within a living system. It introduces general anatomical, physiological, and chemical organization, and includes the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or equivalent preparation, or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. High School Biology r its equivalent recommended. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. See when this course is offered ...
2.0
RC101 Bas Sci-Resp Care
This course addresses topics in mathematics, physics, chemistry and microbiology related to respiratory care practice. Mathematical areas include graphing, nomograms and basic statistics. Physics and chemistry topics include the states of matter, humidity, gas pressure, gas laws, acids, bases, buffers, fluid dynamics, compliance, resistance, elastance and surface tension. A four-week module provides an introduction to microbiology at the end of the semester. Emphasis is placed on microbes that commonly involve the respiratory system. The course delivery mode is a hybrid on-line/on-site combination requiring attendance at microbiology lab sessions on the Utica Campus the last two weeks of class. Prerequisites: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA045 Basic Math Skills, or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
RC103 Cardiopulmonary Pharm
This course presents the principles of pharmacology, drug actions, dosage calculations, and agents administered in cardiopulmonary car. It covers indications, side effects, hazards, and mechanisms of action, general categories, and classification of drugs. Respiratory, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, sedative-narcotic, and anti-infective agents are reviewed. Prerequisites: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA045 Basic Math Skills, or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. A minimum grade of C is required for a Mathematics equivalent course. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
4.5
RC111 Prin Resp Care 1
This is the first course in the curriculum sequence to study the theory and practice of respiratory care. Topics include cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology (including lung and cardiac function, mechanics of breathing, oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, and control of ventilation), gas administration therapies, humidity and aerosol therapies and bronchial hygiene techniques. Prerequisites: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA045 Basic Math Skills, or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. A minimum grade of C is required for a Mathematics equivalent course. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
4.5
BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course, which is a continuation of BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, involves the study of structure, function, and regulation in the human organism. Topics include blood, peripheral nerves, the cardiovascular system, lymphatics, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the endocrine system, the reproductive systems, the digestive system, and metabolism. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. Students with transfer credit for BI216 Anatomy and Physiology 1 must complete a three-hour orientation to the use of prosected human cadavers before participating in the BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory. Transfer students must meet with the Dean of Life and Health Sciences thirty days before beginning this course. See when this course is offered ...
4.5
RC112 Prin Resp Care 2
This is the second course in the curriculum sequence to study the theory and practice of respiratory care. Topics include lung expansion therapies, airway management, acid-base balance, and the interpretation of arterial blood gas results. Detailed information required to initiate, maintain, monitor, and wean patients from mechanical ventilation is provided. Prerequisites: A full year of high school general chemistry with laboratory (with a minimum grade of 70) within ten years or equivalent course with a minimum grade of C, RC101 Basic Science for Respiratory Care, RC103 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology, and RC111 Principles of Respiratory Care 1. Corequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, RC115 Cardiopulmonary Diseases, and RC131 Clinical Practicum 1(a) or Program Coordinator consent. (a) Minimum grade of C required. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
RC115 Cardiopulmonary Diseases
The initial portion of this course stresses the integral components of data collection, assessment, and evaluation necessary for the development of an effective care plan for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. The remainder emphasizes the etiology, manifestations, and treatment of a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases. Case study presentations use critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: A full year of high school general chemistry with laboratory (with a minimum grade of 70) within ten years or equivalent courses with a minimum grade of C, RC101 Basic Science for Respiratory Care, RC103 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology, and RC111 Principles of Respiratory Care 1. Corequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (a), RC112 Principles of Respiratory Care 2 (a), and RC131 Clinical Practicum 1 (a), or Program Coordinator consent. (a) Minimum grade of C required. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
RC131 Clinical Practicum 1
This initial 135-hour hospital experience provides the supervised practice of routine respiratory therapies in a community clinical setting. Theories and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory are applied in actual patient care situations. The safe administration of therapies, maintenance of records, and infection control procedures are stressed. Prerequisites: Documented health physical examination within three months, including specific test results, liability insurance coverage, and current CPR for Healthcare Providers Certification are required for all students before the start of this course. A full year of high school general chemistry with laboratory (with a minimum grade of 70) within ten years or equivalent course with a minimum grade of C, RC101 Basic Science for Respiratory Care, RC103 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology, RC111 Principles of Respiratory Care 1(a). Corequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (a) and RC115 Cardiopulmonary Diseases, or Program Coordinator consent.(a) Minimum grade of C required. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra See when this course is offered ...
OR
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
OR
4.0
MA115 Intermediate Mathematics
This course introduces intermediate algebra-level knowledge and skills. Topics include exponents and radicals, polynomial and rational expressions, functions and relations and their graphs, inequalities, and systems of linear equations. Linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations are solved. Applications are included. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
RC213 Principles Resp Care 3
This is the third course in the curriculum sequence to study the theory and practice of respiratory care. Topics include cardiopulmonary diagnostics and monitoring, special procedures (i.e., bronchoscopy and thoracentesis), critical care pharmacology, home care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and advanced management for the patient requiring mechanical ventilation. Prerequisites: BI107 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2(a), RC112 Principles of Respiratory Care 2(a), RC115 Cardiopulmonary Diseases, RC131 Clinical Practicum 1(a). Corequisites: RC232 Clinical Practicum 2(a) or Program Coordinator consent. (a) Minimum grade of C required. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
6.0
RC232 Clinical Practicum 2
This course provides opportunities to practice routine procedures and adult critical care during 270 hours of experience in a variety of clinical sites. Specialty rotations include pulmonary function testing, cardiac catheterization, cardiac diagnostics, emergency services and cardiothoracic surgery. Safe practice, critical thinking and problem solving are key components. Prerequisites: BI107 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (a), RC112 Principles of Respiratory Care 2 (a), RC115 Cardiopulmonary Diseases, and RC131 Clinical Practicum 1 (a). Corequisites: RC213 Principles of Respiratory Care 3 (a), or Program Coordinator consent. (a) Minimum grade of C required. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
4.5
CH131 College Chemistry
This course is for students other than those in science and engineering. Topics include an overview of modern inorganic, organic, and biochemistry along with an historical perspective. It emphasizes learning the language and methodology of chemistry as it relates to society. Careful observation and measurement are stressed in lecture and laboratory to develop quantitative reasoning ability. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO101 Intro Sociology
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
BI209 Basc Pathophysiol
This course examines the physiological consequences of various disease states. Diseases are treated as threats to homeostasis. The effects of pathology on normal bodily processes are discussed at various organizational levels, including biochemical, cellular, histological, and organ systems. This course is designed for allied health students. Prerequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. Corequisite: BI107 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2. See when this course is offered ...
2.0
RC214 Acid Base Physiology
This course covers the concepts of fluid and electrolyte balance, and the implications of the cardiopulmonary/ renal systems on acid-base homeostasis in the body. Focus is placed on the application of acid-base physiology in the clinical arena and its impact on patient management. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and their interrelationships. Prerequisite: BI107 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (a) or instructor consent. (a) Minimum grade of C required. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
6.0
RC233 Clinical Practicum 3
This course involves 270 hours of experience in at least four clinical affiliates. Emphasis is placed on adult critical care experiences. Specialty rotations include a physician preceptorship, routine pediatric care, respiratory homecare, pulmonary rehabilitation, polysomnography, radiology, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) completion. Prerequisites: RC213 Principles of Respiratory Care 3 (a), and RC232 Clinical Practicum 2(a) or Program Coordinator consent. [(a) Minimum grade of C required.](Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
Summer Session
1.5
RC215 Principles Resp Care 4
This is the fourth course in the curriculum sequence to study the theory and practice of respiratory care. This concentrated five-day offering presents topics related exclusively to neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. Content areas include neonatal and pediatric diseases, pharmacology, airway management, mechanical ventilation, high-frequency oscillation, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Requirements are completed for American Heart Association (AHA) Neonatal Resuscitation Protocol (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Prerequisites: RC233 Clinical Practicum 3(a), RC214 Acid Base Physiology, and BI209 Basic Pathophysiology. Corequisite: RC234 Clinical Practicum 4 or Program Coordinator consent. (a) Minimum grade of C required. (Summer semester) See when this course is offered ...
4.0
RC234 Clinical Practicum 4
This course provides opportunities to perform all aspects of respiratory care with emphasis on neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care during 180hours of experience in a variety of clinical sites. Specialty rotations include extended ventilator care, critical care monitoring and patient assessment. Adult rotations provide a capstone experience to facilitate the transition from student to entry-level practitioner. Safe practice, critical thinking, problem solving and time management are key components. Prerequisite: RC232 Clinical Practicum 3 (a). Corequisite: RC215 Principles of Respiratory Care 4 (a). (a) Minimum grade of C required. (Summer semester) See when this course is offered ...
Footnotes:
Minimum grade of C required in all Respiratory Care courses and BI216 and BI217. To enhance success in the Respiratory Care curriculum, it is recommended that Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 be taken at MVCC. • Students who have a grade of D in Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (BI106) and/or Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (BI107) may advance in the Respiratory Care Program course sequence but must repeat the Human Anatomy & Physiology courses and achieve grades of at least a C to be eligible to graduate from the Respiratory Care Program. • Students may repeat each Respiratory Care course once only. • Respiratory Care students enrolled in a respiratory care (RC) course are permitted one withdrawal. A second withdrawal from any respiratory care (RC) course will result in dismissal from the program and ineligibility to return to the Respiratory Care program. • Students must have at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) to be eligible to graduate from this program. • All students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program are required to take the 3 Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs) by Applied Measurement Professionals (cost $30-$70 each). • All students enrolled in Clinical Practicum 3 (RC233) are required to take the Kettering National Review Seminar (approximate cost $300). • Clinical assignments include rotations that require travel within and outside the Utica/Rome area. Students must provide their own transportation to and from designated clinical sites (Utica/Rome area, Syracuse and Cooperstown). A dress code exists and identified items (nametag, picture ID, stethoscope, watch, etc.) are required for clinical sessions. • Professional liability insurance is required when enrolled in clinical courses.This insurance is purchased through the College when registering for clinical courses. • Accident Insurance is required for all full-time and part-time enrolled in Respiratory Care courses. • Grades of C or higher are required for the following Respiratory Care courses to be eligible to advance to the next sequential course: RC111, RC112, RC213, RC215; RC131, RC232, RC233, and RC234 (Principles of Respiratory Care and Clinical Practicum courses.) • Students who fail (F) Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (BI106) and/or Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (BI107) may not advance in the Principles of Respiratory Care or Clinical Practicum courses until a passing grade is achieved.


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