NVCC 2000-2001 Catalog
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Associate in Applied Science Degree AN  

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Purpose: The curriculum is designed to prepare students as effective members of the health care team in assisting with diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Entry Level and Advanced Practitioner examinations leading to certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT) and registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Transfer Information: NVCC has formal articulation agreements for transfer to the B.S. in Health Sciences-Health Care Management at Old Dominion University TELETECHNET and Old Dominion University at Norfolk, VA, as well as the B.S. in Health Occupations Education at Virginia Tech.

Students must comply with all General Admission Requirements for Annandale Campus Health Technology Programs. (See page 91.)

Additional Admission Requirements:

1. Attendance at a Respiratory Therapy Information session.

2. Completion of all program prerequisites.

3. One unit of high school level algebra, one unit of high school level biology, and one unit of high school level chemistry or physics with a grade of C or higher within the last ten years (successful completion of college science and math courses may be substituted for high school requirements).

4. Students must qualify for ENG 111 and MTH 120 through acceptable scores on NVCC placement tests.

5. Students must take the NLN Pre-Admission Examination and achieve scores at the 50th percentile in verbal abilities, mathematics, and science. Remedial assistance is available through courses and the learning resource center for students who do not achieve acceptable scores. Students may retake the examination until the required scores are achieved.

Prerequisite Program Requirement: Students must complete NAS 150, Human Biology, 4 credits, or the equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Completion Requirements: Students must pass the natural sciences and RTH courses with at least a C grade. All incomplete grades (I) in RTH courses must be resolved prior to taking the next course in sequence. All RTH courses (both lecture and clinical) must be taken within the prescribed semester sequence.

Special Accreditation Status: The program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
First Year1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester

   RTH102Integrated Science for Resp. Care3
   RTH121Cardiopulmonary Science I3
   RTH131Resp. Care Theory & Proc. I4
   RTH145Pharmacology for Resp. Care I2
   SPD126Interpersonal Communication3
   STD106Preparation for Employment1
   RTH132Resp. Care Theory & Proc. II 4
   RTH135Diagnostic/Therapeutic Proc. I 2
   RTH196Fund. Clinical Procedures I 3
   RTH222Cardiopulmonary Science II 3
   SOC207Medical Sociology 3
   RTH224Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills  2
   RTH236Critical Care Monitoring  3
   RTH296Fundamental Clinical Proc. II  4

Total Credits/Semester16159

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   RTH223Cardiopulmonary Science III2
   RTH235Diagnostic/Therapeutic Proc. II3
   RTH245Pharmacology for Resp. Care II2
   RTH253Advanced Clinical Proc. III4
___Social Science Elective3
   ENG131Technical Report Writing I 3
PED116Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 2
   RTH225Neonatal & Pediatric Resp. Care Proc. 3
   RTH254Advanced Clinical Proc. IV 3
   RTH265Current Issues/Respiratory Care 3

Total Credits/Semester1414

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Respiratory Therapy = 68 (72 with a 4 credit NAS prerequisite).

To graduate from a degree program, students entering NVCC Fall 1999 or later must demonstrate computer competency skills as described in the Degree Requirements section of the Instructional Programs of this catalog.

1 The social science elective may be selected from the following: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology (includes anthropology). PSY 205 or SOC 245, 246, or 247 recommended.

2 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 220, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK 205, 207, 208, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

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