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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.  

This program requires students to submit a separate application or take additional action before enrolling. You can learn more about the program and the application process here.


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.   

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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.

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   

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