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.

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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 Car

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