Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3284
First Term: 2009 Fall      
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 72-73
CIP Code: 51.09.08

Occupational Area: Health Science
Instructional Council: Allied Health (51)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code:


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Respiratory Care is a full-time or part-time program during the day and includes parallel clinical training in various Valley hospitals. Certified Respiratory Therapists with three years of work experience might be able to fulfill all or part of their clinical training in a non-traditional manner.

Successful completion of the AAS Degree Respiratory Care Program enables the student to take the National Board of Respiratory Care Entry Level examination and the National Board for Respiratory Care Advanced Practitioner Examination.

Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapists assess, teach and treat patients with pulmonary problems in the hospital critical care areas, in the patient’s home or in physicians’ offices or clinics. The employment outlook for practitioners in Arizona is good.




Required Courses
+ BIO205 Microbiology (4) OR
+ RES200 Microbiology for Respiratory Care (4) 4

+ CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry 3
+ CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Lab 1
+ HCC204 Clinical Pathophysiology 3
+ HCC208 Health Care Leadership 1
+ NCE173 LPN – Venipuncture 1
+ RES130 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I 5
+ RES133 Respiratory Care Clinical Seminar 3
+ RES134 Advanced Respiratory Care Pharmacology 2
+ RES136 Applied Biophysics for Respiratory Care 3
+ RES140 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II 5
+ RES142 Respiratory Care Clinical I 3
+ RES220 Respiratory Care Fundamentals III 5
+ RES226 Respiratory Care Clinical II 3
+ RES230 Respiratory Care Fundamentals IV 4
+ RES232 Respiratory Care Clinical III 3
+ RES235 Respiratory Care Pharmacology II 2
+ RES240 Respiratory Physiology 3
+ RES270 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
+ RES280 Respiratory Care Review 2
+ RES291 Respiratory Care Advanced Life Support 1
+ RES297 Respiratory Care Seminar 2
Credits: 61

Program Competencies
1. Identify pathogenic microorganisms as they apply to respiratory disease processes. (BIO205, RES200)
2. Apply the elements of general chemistry in the respiratory care setting. (CHM130, CHM130LL)
3. Describe specific pathological conditions of structures and organ systems. (HCC204)
4. Apply supervisory and management principles as they relate to respiratory care. (HCC208, RES297)
5. Perform basic venipuncture procedures. (NCE173)
6. Collect and interpret advanced pulmonary and cardiovascular data; and perform advanced routine and special procedures, and continuous mechanical ventilation. (RES130, RES140, RES220, RES297, RES230)
7. Demonstrate assessment and evaluation of the patient and patient records in keeping with the application of appropriate care that aligns with established hospital regulations and standards. (RES133)
8. Describe advanced principles and use of pharmacologic agents as applied to respiratory care. (RES134, RES235)
9. Demonstrate knowledge of physical principles of the body systems and life processes as they apply to the professional setting. (RES136)
10. Explain the physiology of the respiratory and other systems relating to respiratory care. (RES136, RES240)
11. Describe a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. (RES140)
12. Apply computer technology to patient management. (RES140, RES220, RES230)
13. Perform basic skills under minimal supervision and critical care skills under moderate supervision in the clinical setting. (RES142, RES226, RES232)
14. Communicate information regarding clinical status to appropriate members of health care team. (RES142, RES226, RES232)
15. Recommend and perform additional tests for determining the pathophysiology of respiratory disorders. (RES220, RES230)
16. Explain fetal development and transition to the neonate, normal and pathological conditions, and perform assessment and treatment of the neonatal and pediatric patient. (RES270, RES280)
17. Perform advanced life support procedures under simulated situations. (RES291)
18. Explain fetal development and transition to the neonate, normal and pathological conditions, and perform assessment and treatment of the neonatal and pediatric patient. (RES270, RES280)
19. Perform advanced life support procedures under simulated situations. (RES291)
Last Updated: 05-26-09

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