In accordance with the mission of URG/RGCC, the Respiratory Therapy program is designed to provide an educational program that will prepare students to practice as qualified Respiratory Care Practitioners and to serve the community healthcare agencies by graduating competent and experienced Respiratory Care Practitioners. The program will build a solid foundation from which graduates can evolve with the changing respiratory therapy environment to grow into well-respected healthcare professionals.
A consortium between the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College and Buckeye Hills Career Center has been established as a means to (a) educate and train individuals in the science of Respiratory Care, (b) to develop in those individuals an understanding of the role of a Respiratory Care Practitioner as an integral part of the healthcare team, and (c) to produce Respiratory Care Practitioners who will serve the community with both competent and technological skills with a caring and ethical behavior.
Respiratory Therapy is a health-care discipline that specializes in the production of optimal cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Knowledge of the scientific principles, underlying cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enable the respiratory therapist to effectively assess, educate, and treat patients.
As a healthcare profession, respiratory therapy is practiced under medical direction across the healthcare continuum. Respiratory therapy is specifically focused on the assessment, treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluation, education, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system, as well as on the prevention of the development of these deficiencies. Critical thinking, patient and environment assessment skills, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines enable respiratory therapists to develop and implement effective care plans, therapist-driven protocols, disease-based clinical pathways, and disease management programs.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Explain respiratory therapy techniques in a manner appropriate to current national standards, as defined by the National Board of Respiratory Care.
- Develop the application of clinical skills required for delivery of the practice Respiratory Therapy.
- Develop the skills to use critical thinking and analytical skills to promptly and accurately assess the condition of patients presenting with respiratory conditions, and to develop and implement an appropriate plan of care.
- Safely and appropriately perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support, and neonatal resuscitation according to national standards.
- Safely and appropriately treat and monitor patients in need of artificial respirators (life support) in the form of mechanical ventilators.
The Respiratory Care Therapy program has several requirements and can be very competitive. Please view the Respiratory Care Therapy FACT Sheet for a brief overview of the program and its requirements; along with a suggested curriculum. If you have met all requirements and are interested in applying to the RCP program, please print and submit a RCP application (accepted January 1 – June 1.)
Program Outcomes Data
Program Outcomes Data is available on the CoARC website: Programmatic Outcomes Data Program Number: 200504
Admission Requirements and Procedures
Prospective applicants to the Respiratory Therapy program should begin by applying for general admission/acceptance status to the University of Rio Grande, which can be done by completing an application or by logging onto www.rio.edu and completing the online admissions application. There is no admissions fee for applying online. Identify your “intended major field of study” as Allied Health - Associate Degree. You must also complete the School of Allied Health’s Respiratory Therapy Program application, available in the Admissions Office, the School of Allied Health in the Davis Career Center, or online, by April 1 of the year you are seeking fall admission.
It is the student’s responsibility to see that the University has an official copy of his/her high school and/or college transcript(s) and the Respiratory Therapy Program Application by April 1, when the selection process will begin. It is also the student’s responsibility to attach official copies of his/her high school and/or college transcript(s) to the RCP application or turn them in to the Chair of the School of Allied Health by April 1. Applications are only accepted January 1 – April 1. No application will be considered without complete documentation.
- Students must meet all University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College admission requirements.
- Students must be admitted to URG/RGCC by April 1 to be considered for fall program admission.
- Students must take the URG placement exam to determine placement into math and English courses. Students must submit an Allied Health Technology— Respiratory Therapy Program Application form with official copies of high school and/or college transcripts by April 1 to be considered for fall program admission, once all academic requirements have been met. Applications are only accepted January 1 – April 1. Supplementary applications are good for one year only. After students are selected for the next academic year, all applications will be discarded. Students not accepted into the program must reapply each year.
- Acceptance into the program is very competitive because of the limited spaces available. The number of students admitted each fall will be based upon clinical site availability. Application to the program will be reviewed and tallied based on an objective point system. The point system awards points for GPA, pre-interview test results, life experience points, college credits, and individual interview performance. Admission to the program will be awarded to those applicants who achieve the highest amount of points.
- Approval of interview panel selection by the Program Director is required for admission.
- Six hours of job shadowing of respiratory therapy must be completed prior to the interview in order to be interviewed.
- Only students who are officially admitted into the Respiratory Therapy program can take the RCP courses.
- High school or college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. (High school seniors may apply without attending a year of college first.) Students with GEDs must successfully complete 24 semester hours of college coursework as a full-time student or successful completion of 24 semester hours in consecutive semesters (excluding summers) with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The courses taken must be general courses required in the two-year associate degree RCP program.
- Completed one unit each of high school biology, algebra, and chemistry or college-level equivalents; all with a minimum grade of “C.”
- Successful completion of AHC 10101 – Intro. to Allied Health Professions (waived for entering high school seniors or transfer students accepted into the RCP program).
- Developmental courses (if needed) in English, writing, and math must be completed before admission into the program. This is determined by taking the university’s placement exam.
- CPR certification must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program.
- Prerequisite courses must be completed before admittance to RCP classes.
- Take an entrance exam given in the Spring semester before interviews are conducted (after application deadline).
- Vision Capabilities: Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60, distinguish between color shades.
- Hearing Capabilities: Posses normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.
- Motor Capabilities: Maneuver large radiographic equipment weighing between 100-150 lbs. without assistance. Lift a minimum of 25 lbs. without assistance using proper body mechanics. Assist in lifting patients using proper body mechanics. Stand for extended periods of time. Walk without assistance long distances maneuvering radiographic equipment or transporting patients.
- Language Capabilities: Communicate verbally with patient, patient families, coworkers, and other medical personnel.
- Mental Capabilities: Think and act quickly to emergencies. Cope with stress. Comprehend daily work activities.
- Other: Pass pre-clinical drug testing as well as any random drug testing. Pre-clinical drug testing as well as any additional drug testing will be the financial responsibility of the student. All immunizations should be up-to-date.
Associate of Applied Science – Respiratory Therapy (93205)
|General Education required courses:|
|AHC 10101 Introduction to Allied Health Professions *||1|
|AHC 13302 Medical Terminology I||2|
|BIO 10104 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO 10302 Microbiology for Nurses||2|
|CHM 10404 (TM) Principles of Chemistry**||4|
|COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3|
|ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I||3|
|Select one of the following two courses|
|ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II|
ENG 21403 Business and Technical Writing
|LA 10001 Gateway to Success||1|
|PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology||3|
|PHT 14302 Pharmacology for RCP||2|
|PHT 14303 Pharmacy Math for RCP||3|
|Total General Education hours||31|
|Major Area required courses:|
|RCP 10204 Respiratory Fundamentals I||4|
|RCP 10403 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology||3|
|RCP 10501 Respiratory Practicum I||1|
|RCP 11502 Respiratory Practicum II||2|
|RCP 11603 Respiratory Fundamentals II||3|
|RCP 20103 Management of the Critical Patient||3|
|RCP 20104 Mechanical Ventilation Management Technology||4|
|RCP 20203 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care||3|
|RCP 20502 Respiratory Practicum III||2|
|RCP 21202 Seminar/Board Review||3|
|RCP 21302 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics||2|
|RCP 21502 Respiratory Practicum IV||2|
|RCP 21602 Respiratory Practicum V||2|
|RCP 22502 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology||2|
|Total Major Area required hours||35|
|Total required hours for degree||66*|
* Prerequisite courses for all Allied Health Majors (waived for entering high school seniors and transfer students accepted into the program). Not included in curriculum total.
** Prerequisites of BIO 11404 Principles of Biology, MTH 11203 passed with “C” or higher or equivalent skill level as indicated on placement test. Also requires ENG 10503 passed with “C-“ or higher or equivalent skill level as indicated on placement test.
The clinical education courses will be conducted at a variety of hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic centers. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the various clinical education sites. The clinical education courses will be scheduled for day, evening, midnight, and weekend rotations due to the different types of exams and events that occur in the various clinical sites. This will provide the student a better overall understanding of the diversity of the respiratory therapy field.
Respiratory Therapy Academic Progression Requirement
- All RCP courses must be taken in sequential order.
- The student must receive a minimum of a “C” (78%) or better in all RCP courses, PHT Pharmacology for Respiratory Care, PHT 14303 Pharmacy Math for RCP, BIO 10104, and CHM 10404 Principles of Chemistry to continue in the sequence.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained throughout the program.
- The student must successfully complete all 65 semester hours in order to graduate plus AHC 10101 Introduction to Allied Health Professions
Failure to meet any of the above Respiratory Therapy academic requirements will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. The student may reapply to the program the next calendar year.
Applicants may also contact the University by telephone 740-245-5353 or 1-800-282-7201 (Toll Free in OH, WV, and KY), or by fax 740-245-7260.
The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College reserves the right to change the admission requirements or policies. All requirements will be periodically updated.
To view and/or print a copy of the Respiratory Therapy Fact Sheet, which includes a suggested course sequence; visit the Respiratory Therapy website at /nursingandalliedhealth/respiratory-therapy/