Respiratory Care Curriculum

Respiratory Care Associate of Science degree

AS – 25585

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS – 17 Credits
*MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE STARTING THE PROGRAM
**MAY BE IN PROGRESS AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION

COMMUNICATIONS – 3
ENC 1101 – College Composition I*

MATHEMATICS – 3
MAC 1105 – College Algebra (or higher)*

HUMANITIES – 3

PHI 2010  – Introduction to Philosophy

SOCIAL SCIENCES – 3

POS 2041 – American National Government
Or
AMH 1020 – History of the United States: 1877 to the Present

NATURAL SCIENCES – 4
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy & Physiology I*

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (may be completed during program)

BSC 2086C – Human Anatomy & Physiology II – 4**
CHM 1025C – Intro to Chemistry – 4
MCB 2010C – Microbiology – 4

FIRST-YEAR  (1ST SEMESTER – FALL)

RET 1024C – Intro to Respiratory Care – 3
RET 1026C – Fundamentals of Respiratory Care – 4
RET 1485 – Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology – 3
RET 2483 – Patient Assessment – 3

FIRST-YEAR (2ND  SEMESTER – SPRING)

RET 1264C – Fundamentals of Resp. Care II – 4
RET 1293 – Cardiopulmonary Medicine – 4
RET 1832 – Clinical Respiratory Care I – 4

SUMMER SEMESTER (10 WEEKS)

RET 1414 – Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic – 3
RET 1534 – Special Topics in Respiratory Care – 3
RET 1833 – Clinical Respiratory Care II – 2

SECOND-YEAR (1ST SEMESTER – FALL)

RET 2714 – Pediatric/Neonatal Care – 4
RET 2876 – Clinical Respiratory Care III –  4

SECOND-YEAR (2ND SEMESTER-SPRING)

RET 2934  – Respiratory Care Seminar – 3
RET 2877  – Clinical Respiratory Care IV – 4

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 76

ALL COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED WITH A “C” OR HIGHER IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE AS IN RESPIRATORY CARE.

The courses with the RET prefix are Respiratory Care-specific courses. The RET courses are a total of 46 credits. The program is 21 months in length. Four terms of the total five terms of the program are in the hospital setting with a minimum of 16 hours per week. The program has Polk State College clinical instructors for each clinical setting with excellent instructor-to-student ratios.

Please direct any questions to Program Director Jordan Emro, BS, RRT at 863.298.6874.