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Associate of Occupational Science in Respiratory Therapy

Overview

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP): 51.0908

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1126.00, 29-2054.00

Quarter Credits: 103.0

Clock Hours: 1580

Method of Delivery: Residential

Number of Weeks: 80*

*Weeks May Be Extended Depending On Holiday Schedules

Career Training Objective

The Associate of Occupational Science degree in Respiratory Therapy program is designed to prepare students as entry-level Respiratory Therapists with the competencies and skills needed to assist with patient respiratory care.

Respiratory Care is a health care discipline which specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory Therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Knowledge of the scientific principles underlying cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enable respiratory therapists to effectively offer preventative care to, as well as assess, educate, and treat patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies.

As a health care profession, Respiratory Care is practiced under medical direction across the health care continuum. Critical thinking, patient/ environment assessment skills, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines enable respiratory therapists to develop and implement effective care plans, patient-driven protocols, disease-based clinical pathways, and disease management programs. A variety of venues serve as the practice site for this health care profession including, but not limited to: acute care hospitals, sleep disorder centers and diagnostic laboratories, rehabilitation, research and skilled nursing facilities, patients’ homes, patient transport systems, physician offices, convalescent and retirement centers, educational institutions, field representatives and wellness centers.

The training program is divided into eight 10-week quarters consisting of general education, anatomy and physiology, core respiratory therapy, and clinical practicum courses. Clinical experience in hospital or clinical settings is required for successful completion of the program. Clinical rotations total 720 hours. Each quarter is comprised of prescribed subjects or studies that build upon each other.

Completion of the program is acknowledged by the awarding of an Associate of Occupational Science degree.

Instructional Equipment List

  • Adult Practice Manikins
  • Airway Heart and Lung Models
  • Crash Cart
  • Mechanical Ventilators
  • Neonatal Practice Manikins, oxygen, humidity, lung expansion, airway management, pulmonary function, and secretion clearance equipment for skill practice
  • Pediatric Practice Manikins
  • Piped Air, Oxygen and Suction
  • Tracheotomy Trays

 

Program Outline

Program Locations: Orange County and Ontario

General Education Courses

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credits

ANAT105 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 60 6.0
ENGL110 Written Communications I 40 4.0
MATH110 College Mathematics I 40 4.0
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 40 4.0
 

Totals

180

18.0

Course Number: ANAT105

Title Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Clock Hours60
Quarter Credits 6.0

Course Number: ENGL110

Title Written Communications I
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

Course Number: MATH110

Title College Mathematics I
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

Course Number: PSYC110

Title Introduction to Psychology
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

TOTALS

Clock Hours

180

Quarter Credits

18.0

Core Courses

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Clinical Hours

Quarter Credits

RCP100 Introduction to Respiratory Science 30 0 3.0
RCP100-L Introduction to Respiratory Science Lab 20 0 1.0
RCP200 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 40 0 4.0
RCP250 Respiratory Procedures I 30 0 3.0
RCP250-L Respiratory Procedures I Lab 20 0 1.0
RCP300 Respiratory Pharmacology 30 0 3.0
RCP370 Adult Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I 40 0 4.0
RCP330 Respiratory Procedures II 40 0 4.0
RCP330-L Respiratory Procedures II Lab 20 0 1.0
RCP470 Adult Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II 40 0 4.0
RCP450 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 30 0 3.0
RCP450-L Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Lab 20 0 1.0
CAREER100 Career Advantage 20 0 1.0
RCP550 Introduction to Clinical Practicum 40 0 4.0
RCP500 Mechanical Ventilation I 60 0 6.0
RCP500-L Mechanical Ventilation I Lab 20 0 1.0
RCP600 Neonatal / Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 40 0 4.0
RCP600-L Neonatal / Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology Lab 20 0 1.0
RCP700 Advanced Concepts 60 0 6.0
RCP800 Board Review 60 0 6.0
RTCP210 Clinical Practicum I 240 240 8.0
RTCP212 Clinical Practicum II 240 240 8.0
RTCP214 Clinical Practicum III 240 240 8.0
 

Totals

1400

720

85.0

Course Number: RCP100

Title Introduction to Respiratory Science
Clock Hours30
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits3.0

Course Number: RCP100-L

Title Introduction to Respiratory Science Lab
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: RCP200

Title Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: RCP250

Title Respiratory Procedures I
Clock Hours30
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits3.0

Course Number: RCP250-L

Title Respiratory Procedures I Lab
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: RCP300

Title Respiratory Pharmacology
Clock Hours30
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits3.0

Course Number: RCP370

Title Adult Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: RCP330

Title Respiratory Procedures II
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: RCP330-L

Title Respiratory Procedures II Lab
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: RCP470

Title Adult Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: RCP450

Title Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Clock Hours30
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits3.0

Course Number: RCP450-L

Title Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Lab
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: CAREER100

Title Career Advantage
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: RCP550

Title Introduction to Clinical Practicum
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: RCP500

Title Mechanical Ventilation I
Clock Hours60
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: RCP500-L

Title Mechanical Ventilation I Lab
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: RCP600

Title Neonatal / Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: RCP600-L

Title Neonatal / Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology Lab
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits1.0

Course Number: RCP700

Title Advanced Concepts
Clock Hours60
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: RCP800

Title Board Review
Clock Hours60
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits6.0

Course Number: RTCP210

Title Clinical Practicum I
Clock Hours240
Clinical Hours240
Quarter Credits8.0

Course Number: RTCP212

Title Clinical Practicum II
Clock Hours240
Clinical Hours240
Quarter Credits8.0

Course Number: RTCP214

Title Clinical Practicum III
Clock Hours240
Clinical Hours240
Quarter Credits8.0

TOTALS

Clock Hours

1400

Clinical Hours

720

Quarter Credits

85.0

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 103.0

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