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Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Respiratory Care

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The A.A.S. degree program 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. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care entry-level respiratory care practitioner 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.     
      
Admission Requirement     
  • Admission is competitive. In order to be considered for Admission to the A.A.S. in Respiratory Care, a student must:
  • Have at least a GPA of 2.50.
  • Have a personal interview with the College program personnel.
  • Have their official transcripts reviewed.
  • Earn a “C” or higher in:
    • Chemistry (073) 121
    • Math (045) 118 or higher
    • English (035) 101 or higher
    • Biology (023) 116 or 226 & 227
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Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

71

Program/Plan Number

234

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

Also Offered At

 

Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

18  CH

​For Mathematics students can complete Math 118 or another higher Math course(Except Math 140)

Students must choose betwee Biology 116  OR Biology 226 With Biology 227

Biology
BIOLOGY 116
Anatomy And Physiology 4
Laboratory studies in gross and microscopic mammalian anatomy. Lectures correlating human anatomy and physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
IAI Approved
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
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, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), 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 placement test score range within PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99) and ALGEBRA (43-99) and College ALGEBRA (1-50), or ACT Math score range within (21-23), 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, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X Richard J. Daley
Fine Arts & Humanities ** 3​
(any Humanities & Fine Arts course, i.e.. African-American Studies 101; Literature 121, 150)​ ​
Social & Behavioral Sciences ** 3​
(any Social Science course)​ ​
* Courses must be taken before admission to this program.​
** (Students should meet with a college Academic Advisor for selection of one course each from either discipline which must meet the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.)

Program Core Requirements

55  CH

​The following courses are seperated into 2 years as follows:

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 Therapy224, 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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Elective Program Requirements

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Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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