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Respiratory Therapy

Associate in Applied Science

The Respiratory Therapist is a health care professional who specializes in the application of scientific knowledge in providing and supporting the cardiopulmonary requirements for a wide variety of patients that include newborn infants, children, adults and the elderly. Respiratory Therapists work under the direction of a physician to assess, manage, treat, educate and care for patients with a wide range of cardiopulmonary disorders. The Respiratory Therapist works in a collaborative fashion with other health care providers to restore the cardiopulmonary health of the patient. The main career opportunities for Respiratory Therapy are found in: acute care hospitals, post-acute care centers, home care, pulmonary function laboratories, pulmonary rehabilitation clinics, and asthma clinics. Additional opportunities may be found in: sleep medicine centers, hyperbaric medicine, respiratory education, air transport, physician’s offices, medical research, armed services and as traveling therapists.

Career Possibilities

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Admission Process and Eligibility Requirements

Admission Process and Eligibility Requirements

Admission Process

  1. Student completes eligibility requirements for the program.
  2. Coordinator receives supplemental application for the program.
  3. Coordinator verifies that all requirements have been met.
  4. Coordinator notifies student of acceptance into the program and date student can expect to begin classes.
  5. Student makes appointment with coordinator to register for Fall classes.
  6. Student attends orientation session prior to Fall semester.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be admitted to MCC and declare intent to enter the RT program.
  2. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in eligibility requirement courses (see #5 for specific courses).
  3. Demonstrate College level reading comprehension on the ACCUPLACER placement test, OR a minimum score of 20 on the reading portion of the ACT. A satisfactory grade in RDNG 030 or ENGL 100 will also meet this requirement.
  4. Demonstrate math proficiency by successful completion of MATH 120 with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or by placing into MATH 130 or higher on the ACCUPLACER placement test; or by scoring 25 or better on the math portion of the ACT.
  5. Complete AHLT 102, BIOL 101, BIOL 151, and BIOL 152 with a "C" or 2.0 grade or better.
  6. Submit a current cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card. The card must be the BLS Health Care Provider from the American Heart Association or the Professional Rescuer from the American Red Cross.
  7. Complete a minimum of 4 hours of a "job shadowing" experience at an approved clinical affiliate. The program coordinator will schedule the appointment.
  8. Submit a Supplemental Application for Respiratory Therapy to the Division of Health Sciences office (Curtice-Mott 2313). This application should be submitted during the semester in which the last eligibility requirement will be completed.
  9. When student is notified of their admission to the programs current fall semester, they must have an acceptable criminal background check for the purpose of identifying any student who could not continue in the program due to a felony conviction (with the last 15 years) or misdemeanor conviction (within the last 1,3,5, or 10 years) in accordance with State statutes and laws. Students may be required to have additional checks prior to the start of the clinical sequence of the program at the request of specific clinical facilities. The cost of the criminal background check is the responsibility of the student. This requirement should be completed less than 6 months prior to the start of actual respiratory therapy courses which occurs during the first fall semester. The program coordinator will notify the student which fall semester the student may begin the program. A student who has a question about their criminal background status due to a possible felony or misdemeanor may want to submit an earlier request.

Accrediation and Licensure Requirements

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
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Program outcomes which include examination results, attrition, number of enrollees, number of graduates and job placement for all respiratory therapy programs may be found at this website

Respiratory Therapy is a licensed profession in the State of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Health Professions, is responsible for granting licensure for qualified applicants. The program provides the student with the knowledge and experience that will qualify them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 72 / 73
  • Contact Hours: 123 / 124

Recommended Math Pathway: STEM

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 or ENGL-103 and ENGL-102 or ENGL-104

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
AHLT- 102*Medical Terminology 11
English Composition I
Composition for Technical Fields I
PSYCH-281General Psychology 33
MATH-120**Intermediate Algebra 44
Total 1517
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIOL-101*Microbiology for Health Care 24
English Composition II
Composition for Technical Fields II
AHLT- 113Multicultural Health Care 11
Total 1014
Year Two
RTAD-120Respiratory Assessment 22
RTAD-121Respiratory Principles 33
RTAD-122Respiratory Physiology 33
RTAD-124Respiratory Pharmacology 11
RTAD-125Respiratory Lab I 13
Total 1012
RTAD-130Respiratory Techniques 33
RTAD-132Respiratory Pathophysiology 33
RTAD-134Respiratory Clinical Practice I 515
RTAD-135Respiratory Lab II 13
Total 1224
Spring / Summer
RTAD-150***Respiratory Procedures 11
RTAD-154***Respiratory Clinical Practice II 412
RTAD-155***Respiratory Lab III 13
Total 616
Year Three
RTAD-221Critical Respiratory Care 33
RTAD-222Respiratory Neonatal/Pediatric Care 23
RTAD-223Respiratory Clinical Practice III 412
RTAD-224Respiratory Clinical/Critical Care 13
RTAD-225Respiratory Diagnostics/Post Acute Care 11
Total 1122
RTAD-231Respiratory Seminar 33
RTAD-232Respiratory Exam Preparation 11
RTAD-233Respiratory Clinical Practice IV 515
Total 919
March 9, 2017
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