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Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Respiratory Care

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care will offer the study of theory and techniques instrumental in diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. It will prepare the students to become a well-rounded professional and competent advanced respiratory therapist. The graduate will be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist and the advanced level respiratory care practitioner examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Successful completion of the program can lead to employment as a respiratory therapist in hospitals, clinics or home settings or branch off into research, sales, education or other career opportunities.    
      
Program Admission Requirements     
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Official high school transcripts or GED certificate showing date of graduation or completion
  • Grade of "C" or better in English 101 or higher, Mathematics 118 or higher, Chemistry 121, and Biology 116 or Biology 226 and 227
  • Complete the application packet
  • 2.5 College GPA
  • Official college transcripts
  • Submit program application packet to the Respiratory Care Program director at Malcolm X College prior to the application deadline (See website for exact application deadline)*

*Note: Students enrolled in prerequisite courses in current semester are eligible to apply to the Respiratory Care program, provided they can demonstrate a course grade of “C” or better. However, admission cannot be granted until all requirements are complete. Students that meet all of the minimum admission requirements listed above will be scheduled for an interview with the program admission committee. Students that complete this interview will be considered for admission to the program. Please note that admission is highly competitive and that not all students who are interviewed will be admitted. Students are advised to prepare for the interview, to arrive early, and to dress appropriately for a professional interview. Students are also advised to carefully prepare their application, giving special attention to content and format.

Background Check

Students entering most healthcare professions programs will be required to present documentation of health history and vaccination status, to undergo annual tuberculosis screening, to submit to a background check, to submit to initial and random drug screening, and to undergo fingerprinting prior to licensing with the state of Illinois. Students should consult with an advisor if any of these requirements are a concern. 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

71

Program/Plan Number

234

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

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Prerequisites

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General Education Requirements

16  CH
Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.
Chemistry
CHEM 121
Basic Chemistry I 4
Principles of general inorganic chemistry, including properties of matter, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of stoichiometry, interpretation of the periodic table, nomenclature and introduction to solution chemistry and commonly used concentration units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and eligibility for Math 118 or higher or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving real life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. A maximum of four of the following topics is studied in depth: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers is strongly encouraged. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99; or COMPASS PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99), ALGEBRA (43-99), and College ALGEBRA (1-50); or ACT Math (min. 21); or SAT Math (min. 500); or ALGEBRA Placement Test Waiver, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Physics
PHYSICS 131
Mechanics And Power 3
A limited number of principles are covered with emphasis placed on applications. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Malcolm X Richard J. Daley

Program Core Requirements

55  CH

​The following courses are taken in this order:

First Year 

Fall I: Respiratory Therapy 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119

Spring I: Respiratory Therapy 127, 137, 139, 141

Summer I: Respiratory Therapy 129, 146 

Second Year 

Fall II: Respiratory Therapy 200, 222, 225, 227

Spring II: Respiratory Therapy 224, 230, 250, 260 

Respiratory Therapy
RESP TC 114
Basic Respiratory Care 4
Theoretical and protocol based applications of, indications for, and assessment of efficacy and patient response to basic respiratory care modalities in the cardiopulmonary compromised patient population. Includes such therapeutic modalities as: O2/gas therapy, aerosol and humidity therapy, bronchial hygiene, and hyperinflation therapy. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Chemistry 121; Mathematics 118, English 101; Biology 116 and 120.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 115
Cardiopulmonary/Renal Anatomy & Physiology 3
Study of cardiac, pulmonary and renal structure and function with emphasis on physiology as applied to the practice of respiratory care. This includes the integrated functions of ventilation, respiration, gas transport and acid base regulation. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 114, 116, 117, 118, 119 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 116
Patient Assessment 2
Introduction to the role of a respiratory therapist in the hospital setting as a member of a health care team. Includes professional behavior, ethics, legalities, communications, medical terminology, medical charts and cardiopulmonary assessment. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Chemistry 121; Mathematics 118, English 101; Biology 116 and 120.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 117
Respiratory Pharmacology 1
Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system as applied to the pharmacodynamics of bronchodilation and the effects various drugs have on the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems is emphasized. Indications, dosages, routes of administration, contraindications, adverse effects and dose calculations will be discussed. Clinical simulation, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Chemistry 121; Mathematics 118, English 101; Biology 116 and 120.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 118
Respiratory-Microbiology 2
Applied microbiology and infection control practices as related to the hospital environment and respiratory care modalities and equipment. OSHA, JCAHO infection control practices including screening tests and risk factors as well as understanding of all hospital isolation techniques is presented. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Chemistry 121; Mathematics 118, English 101; Biology 116 and 120.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 119
Respiratory Care Lab I 3
Introduction to basic equipment: design, function, troubleshooting and care of respiratory therapy devices and circuitry used to deliver therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, bronchial hygiene, hyperinflation modalities. Professionalism, communication techniques, monitoring will be practiced in conjunction with laboratory simulated hospital procedures and situations. Basic CPR certification and all proficiency testing of clinical procedures will be done. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Chemistry 121; Mathematics 118, English 101; Biology 116 and 120.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 127
Clinical Practice I 3
Introduction to the hospital setting and the set-up, maintenance and discontinuation of oxygen; aerosol and humidity therapy; intermittent modalities to include bronchial hygiene and hyperinflation therapies. Clinical simulations, tutorials and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 114, 116, 117, 118, 119 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 129
Clinical Practice II 3
Supervised clinical course with an introduction to airway management techniques, basic ventilator care techniques, pediatric respiratory care and refinement of floor therapy skills with acute patients. Clinical simulations, tutorials and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 115, 127, 137, 139, 141 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 137
Advanced Pathology & Clinical Application 3
Acute and chronic respiratory and cardiac pathological processes and their associated renal complications and compensations: diagnostic testing including arterial blood gasses, basic radiographic interpretation, pulmonary function studies, interpretation of laboratory studies, treatment and prevention of disease processes. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 114, 116, 117, 118, 119 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 139
Respiratory Care Lab II 2
Introduction to hospital specific policies and procedures, continuation of application and practice of respiratory care modalities, now applied to the critically ill patient. Emphasis on airway management, mechanical ventilators, circuitry, mechanical ventilation management and techniques. Comprehensive laboratory competency testing. Clinical cases presented as technical management corollaries. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 114, 116, 117, 118, 119 or Consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 141
Ventilatory-Mechanics I 3
Theory of basic mechanical ventilator function, methods of ventilation, modes, classification of ventilators, demonstration of basic equipment and circuitry. Airway management indications, selection of type, intubation, management assessment, hazards, extubation and troubleshooting the artificial airway will be covered. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 114, 116, 117, 118, 119 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 146
Ventilatory Mechanics II 3
Introduction to the theory of mechanical ventilation in the adult patient. Selection of ventilator parameters, commitment, maintenance, weaning. In-depth presentation, discussion, demonstration of specific adult ventilator systems, CPAP, BiPAP circuits, practice and testing. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 115, 127, 137, 139, 141 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 200
Respiratory Care Lab III 2
In depth presentation, discussion, demonstration of specific pediatric/neonatal ventilator systems, CPAP circuits, practice and testing. Continuation of adult ventilator practice, practice and integration of other critical care procedures. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 129, 146, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 222
Clinical Practice III 3
Supervised clinical course providing advanced airway management skills, advanced ventilator techniques and diagnostic procedures in the hospital setting. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 129, 146 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 224
Clinical Practice IV 4
Supervised clinical course providing advanced airway management skills, advanced adult ventilatory techniques, neonatal respiratory procedures and advanced cardiopulmonary diagnostic procedures. Exposure to alternate sites of care. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 200, 222, 225, 227, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 225
Age Specific Care 3
Introduction to age appropriate considerations of patient education, application of therapeutic modalities and manifestations of cardiopulmonary diseases throughout the human life span. This course will also address managed care, management, patient care plans and alternate sites of care. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 129, 146, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 227
Critical Care Services 4
Advanced cardiopulmonary monitoring is presented with emphasis on ECG interpretation and hemodynamic and exhaled gas monitoring and therapeutic interventions. Chest radiograph, CT and MRI interpretation will be introduced. Pharmacological agents that affect the cardiopulmonary, renal, and acid base regulating systems; paralyzing agents, analgesics, sedatives, administration safety, dose ranges, monitoring response to and basic fluid and electrolyte balance will be presented. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 129, 146, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 230
Advanced Cardiopulmonary Monitoring 3
Case studies with PFTs, blood gases, hemodynamic profiles, ECGs and related diagnostic testing will be presented along with related pathophysiological changes of cardiopulmonary diseases. Advanced adult, pediatric, neonatal cardiopulmonary life support will be covered. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 200, 222, 225, 227, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 250
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Home Care 1
Care of patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease in a sub-acute setting and in their homes. Long term therapeutic prescriptions, equipment selection, cleaning and asepsis of equipment in the non-acute care setting. Pulmonary rehabilitation goals and programs presented along with adjunct exercises, equipment and assistive devices. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 200, 222, 225, 227, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
RESP TC 260
Advanced Specialty Topics 3
Respiratory care research topics presented, ethics and board examination preparation, computer-assisted clinical simulations along with branching logic, latent image practice and mock certification and registry examination preparation and practice. Resume, portfolio and job interview preparation will also be included. Clinical simulations, tutorials, and writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Respiratory Care 200, 222, 225, 227, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey

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