NVCC 1997-1998 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 cardio-pulmonary 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 (R.R.T.).

Students must comply with all General Requirements for Annandale Campus Health Technology Programs.

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 Admission Requirements: 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 Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education.

First Year1st Sem.2nd Sem.3rd Sem.

   RTH102Integrated Science for Resp. Care  3
   RTH121Cardiopulmonary Science I  3
   RTH131Resp. Care Theory & Proced. I  4
   RTH145Pharmacology for Resp. Care I  2
   STD106Preparation for Employment  1
   SPD Interpersonal Communication  3
   RTH132Resp. Care Theory & Proced. II  4
   RTH 135 Diagnostic/Therapeutic Proc. I  2
   RTH151Fund. Clinical Procedures I  3
   RTH222Cardiopulmonary Science II  3
   SOC 207 Medical Sociology  3
   RTH152Fundamental Clinical Proc. II  4
   RTH 224 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills  2
   RTH 236 Critical Care Monitoring  3

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
PED116Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 2
   ENG 131 Technical Report Writing I 3
   RTH 225 Neonatal & 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 credits including NAS 150 prerequisite).

1 Social science courses 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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