Respiratory Care Therapist AAS

The Respiratory Care Therapist AAS degree (AAS_RESC) is offered at LSC-Kingwood and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact the Respiratory Care Department.

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Program Description

The course of study for a respiratory therapist is a 65 credit-hour (six semesters) associate of applied science degree program. The respiratory care program prepares graduates for the credentialing examinations from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care). The program is fully accredited by CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; Phone 817.283.2835; website http://www.coarc.com/). The respiratory care program prepares graduates to be competent in delivery of therapeutic procedures in acute care settings, in performing diagnostic procedures, and in performing rehabilitation therapeutic procedures.

The respiratory care program also prepares graduates to assist physicians in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary disorders, to provide emergency cardiopulmonary care in the emergency room, and to implement therapist driven protocols in the practice of respiratory care. Many clinical facilities will require students to successfully pass a background check and drug screen. Areas for employment of respiratory care professionals include acute care hospitals, sub-acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, hyperbaric medicine, home care facilities, and physician offices.

Clinical/Practicum courses in the 2nd year of the AAS Program are twelve hours and may be scheduled 7AM-7PM or 7PM-7AM at the discretion of the Program.  For the Evening Program the lecture/lab classes are scheduled 5-10PM initially M-TH, but the clinic/practicum courses are either 7AM-3PM or 3PM-11PM in the first year one day a week.  Semesters 4 and 5 are 7AM-7PM or 7PM–7AM one day a week, and two days a week in Semester 6 from 7AM-7PM or 7PM–7AM, at the program’s discretion.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses. See LoneStar.edu/respiratory-care-requirements for additional program information.

General Guidelines

Upon acceptance into the program, students must submit a record of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health. Criminal background checks may be required by clinical facilities. The background check will be processed through the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Completion of the respiratory care program does not guarantee eligibility to take the CRT exam administered by the NBRC or certification by the Texas Department of Health.

The Texas Department of Health Respiratory Care Certification will consider individuals with histories of convictions, mental illness and/or chemical dependency on an individual basis after review.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
RSPT 1207 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 2
RSPT 1166 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1
RSPT 1201 Introduction to Respiratory Care 2
RSPT 1325 Respiratory Care Sciences 3
RSPT 1429 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I 4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

12

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
RSPT 1213 Basic Respiratory Care Pharmacology 2
RSPT 1160 Clinical Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1
RSPT 1431 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II 4
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

11

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
RSPT 1167 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1
RSPT 2210 Cardiopulmonary Disease 2
RSPT 2414 Mechanical Ventilation 4
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

11

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
RSPT 1241 Respiratory Home Care/Rehabilitation 2
BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology OR 4
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry  
RSPT 2166 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy 1
RSPT 2325 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
RSPT 2353 Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

13

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  
RSPT 2260 Clinical Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2
RSPT 2139 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
RSPT1 2243 Research in Respiratory Care 2
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Elective   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

12

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
RSPT2 2230 Examination Preparation 2
RSPT2 2366 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

8

 

Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for
Respiratory Care Therapist AAS Degree:

67

  1. Course meets communication competency
  2. Capstone course
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