NVCC 2004-2005 Catalog


     

ALLIED HEALTH AND NURSING CURRICULA


     

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RESPIRATORY THERAPY
Associate in Applied Science Degree MEC

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 Therapist (CRT) 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 Allied Health Programs. (See page 101.)

Additional Admission Requirements:

1. Attendance at a Respiratory Therapy Information session.

2. Completion of all program prerequisites.

3. 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.

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 Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

First Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester


 

   ENG

111

College Composition I

3

 

   RTH

101

Integrated Sciences for Resp. Care I or

 

 

   

RTH

102 Integrated Sciences for Resp. Care II

3

 

   RTH

111

Anat. & Phys. of the Cardiopulmonary System

3

 

   RTH

131

Respiratory Care Theory & Proc. I

4

 

   RTH

145

Pharmacology for Resp. Care I

2

 

   STD

295

Study Skills & Hlthcare. Deliv. Syst.

1

 

 

   RTH

121

Cardiopulmonary Science I

 

3

 

   RTH

132

Resp. Care Theory & Proc. II

 

4

 

   RTH

135

Diagnostic/Therapeutic Proc. I

 

2

 

   RTH

196

Fund. Clinical Procedures I

 

3

 

   SPD

229

Intercultural Communication

 

3

 

 

   RTH

217

Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Home Care and

 

 

 

 

   

 

Health Promotion

 

 

2

 

   RTH

226

Theory of Neonatal & Pediatric Resp. Care

 

 

2

 

   RTH

245

Pharmacology for Resp. Care II

 

 

2

 

   RTH

296

On-Site Training in Resp. Therapy II

 

 

2

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

16

15

8

Second Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester


 

   RTH

222

Cardiopulmonary Science II

3

 

   RTH

227

Integrated Resp. Therapy Skills II

2

 

   RTH

236

Critical Care Monitoring

3

 

   RTH

253

Advanced Clinical Proc. III

3

 

   RTH

295

Topics In 12-Lead EKG Monitoring

1

 

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Social Science Elective

3

 

 

PED

116

Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

 

2

 

   RTH

254

Advanced Clinical Proc. IV

 

3

 

   RTH

255

Management in Resp. Care

 

3

 

   RTH

265

Current Issues in Resp. Care

 

3

 

   HIS

101

History of Western Civilization OR

 

 

 

   

HIS

111 History of World Civilization OR

 

 

 

   

HIS

261 Topics in Cultural Ethnicity

 

3

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

15

14

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. Students in this program may take HIT 130 Intro. to Healthcare Information Systems or take the NVCC computer competency test.

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 207, 245, or 247 are 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, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

 

 

       
 
       

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