Allied Health - Respiratory Care

Allied Health - Respiratory Care

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

  • AS

Respiratory care practitioners help treat patients with a wide range of cardiopulmonary illnesses, including such problems as asthma or heart failure. Respiratory care includes diagnostic testing, and administering oxygen, various other gases, and aerosol drugs. Under a physician’s supervision, respiratory care practitioners plan and assist with patient care, and serve as a resource for professionals in other health care fields. They work in various settings, including hospital acute care and intensive care units, hospital neonatal units (for premature infants), outpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing home, home care, and diagnostic laboratories. This program is a sequence of lecture, laboratory, and clinical courses. Comprehensive on-site training provides opportunities for students to become skilled and confident in respiratory care procedures. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care examination to become registered Respiratory Therapists. Related major at the baccalaureate level: respiratory care. Admission Requirements Students who meet all admission requirements are accepted in the Respiratory Care program on a space available basis at any time. Those who do not initially qualify for the program may become eligible through BCC's Liberal Arts program in Pre-RSP. The sequence of courses for this program is offered on a cyclical basis. Interested students are urged to consult the program advisor and to work on prerequisites and required courses during semesters when RSP courses are not offered. Admission requirements are as follows: Skills Assessment Scores/Competency Requirements a. Completion of ENG 020 and ENG 060 , if applicable b. Completion of MAT 136 or MAT 110 (Math 800 series) or MAT 102 , if applicable Completion of college chemistry ( CHM 150 ) or one year of college prepatory chemistry with a grade of C (73) or better within five years Completion of college prepatory or college-level biology or anatomy and physiology with a grade of C (73) or better within five years Graduation from high school with an average of B (80%) or ranked in the upper third of the graduating class; OR completion of a minimum of 10 credits of college level respiratory care support courses (C or better). All students entering the Respiratory Care Program must be immunized (or be in process) by August 1 prior to the academic year for which they are seeking admission. Upon completion of all admission requirements, students wishing to enter the program must complete a matriculation form.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    624

    per Year

  • Books & Supplies

    Books & Supplies

    823

    per Year

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    56000

    per Year

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Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 65 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program 44 Credits

AHS 121 The Essentials of Pharmacology 3
AHS 129 Medical Terminology 3
AHS 148 First Aid 2
AHS 230 Pathophysiology 3
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 207 Microbiology 4
RSP 105 Respiratory Care Practicum I 2
RSP 106 The Basics of Respiratory Care 3
RSP 107 Respiratory Care Practicum II 2
RSP 205 Respiratory Care Practicum III 3
RSP 206 Mechanical Ventilation 3
RSP 207 Respiratory Care Practicum IV 3
RSP 241 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 2
RSP 251 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Monitoring 3



General Education 21 Credits

CHM Chemistry ( see footnote 4) 3
COM Communication (1) 3
ENG English Composition/Writing (2) 6
MAT Mathematics (3) 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
General Education Elective (5) 3




Total Credits 65


Additional Requirements As Shown

Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
Forum 12 Units
Health/Fitness (see footnote 6) 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.000
Area of Specialization (All RSP Courses):
Minimum Grade Required in each RSP Course 2.000
Suggested Block For Program Completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 18 Credits
AHS 129 Medical Terminology 3
AHS 148 First Aid 2
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology l 4
CHM Chemistry ( see footnote 4) 3
ENG English Composition/Writing (see footnote 2) 3
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 3) 3
Second Semester 15 Credits
AHS 121 The Essentials of Pharmacology 3
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology ll 4
RSP 105 Respiratory Care Practicum l 2
RSP 106 The Basics of Respiratory Care 3
ENG English Composition/Writing (see footnote 2) 3
Summer Session 2 Credits
RSP 107 Respiratory Care Practicum ll 2
Third Semester 15 Credits
AHS 230 Pathophysiology 3
BIO 207 Microbiology 4
RSP 205 Respiratory Care Practicum lll 3
RSP 206 Mechanical Ventilation 3
RSP 241 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 2
Fourth Semester 15 Credits
RSP 207 Respiratory Care Practicum lV 3
RSP 251 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Monitoring 3
COM Communication (see footnote 1) 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
General Education Elective (see footnote 5) 3
NOTE: Students must achieve a grade of C or better in all RSP courses.

(1) Communicaton chosen from COM 105 or COM 107 .

(2) English Composition/Writing chosem from ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 103, ENG 104 .

(3) Mathematics at a level of MAT 136 or MAT 110 ( MAT 800 series) or MAT 102, or at a higher level prior to matriculation in the Respiratory Care program.

(4) Chemistry chosen from CHM 150 or higher level.

(5) General Education Elective chosen from History, Humanities and Fine Arts, Environmental Studies.

(6) Fulilled by successful completion of AHS 148 .

NOTE: Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies and to the ability to become licensed in this field.