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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

RESPIRATORY THERAPY  
Associate of 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: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Admission Requirements:

Students must:

  • Comply with all General Admission Requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • Attend a Respiratory Therapy Information Session on-line.
  • Qualify for ENG 111 and MTH 151 through acceptable scores on NOVA placement tests.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 curricular GPA at the last school/college attended at which at least 15 credits were completed.
  • Have completed ENG 111, NAS 161 (BIO 141) and NAS 162 (BIO 142), HLT 141, and SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care or SDV elective with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Have completed RTH 120 with a grade of “B” or higher.


Special Accreditation Status:

The NVCC Respiratory Therapy Program at the Medical Education Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) www.coarc.com.

Continuation Requirement: Students must comply with all Continuation Requirements for Allied Health and Respiratory Therapy students.

Special Program Continuation Requirements: If general education courses are not completed before acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program, then they are to be taken in the corresponding semester as indicated in the curriculum plan. Students may not proceed to the next sequential respiratory therapy course without having completed the appropriate general education coursework.

Re-Enrollment:

1. Students in good standing may be permitted to re-enroll in the RTH curriculum on a space available basis, with permission of the Assistant Dean

2. Students who leave the program for any period up to two years for either personal or academic reasons are required to demonstrate proficiency in all previously enrolled skills courses prior to re-entering the program. “Practical exams” are administered and scheduled by the program faculty. A written exam will be required.

3. Students who leave the program for any period of time for medical reasons are required to submit evidence of good physical and mental health, as substantiated by a newly completed Pre-Admission Health History and Physical for Allied Health and Nursing form (NVCC 125-7) signed by the primary physician responsible for their care.

Licensure Requirements: The Virginia State Board of Medicine reserves the right to deny licensure to any candidate who has been convicted of a crime or any offense relating to the abuse of alcohol and/or use or sale of controlled substances in Virginia or any other state. Any applicant to the Respiratory Therapy program who has been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony must consult with the Assistant Dean of Respiratory Therapy prior to acceptance into the program.

  Credits
Prerequisites
1BIO 141 Anatomy & Physiology I or NAS 161 4
1BIO 142 Anatomy & Physiology II or NAS 162 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HLT 141 Medical Terminology 1
RTH 120 Fundamental Theory for Respiratory Care 2
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care 1
Total   15
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
2___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
RTH 102 Integrated Science for Respiratory Care II 3
RTH 111 Anatomy & Physiology of the Cardiopulmonary System 3
RTH 145 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care I 1
RTH 151 Fundamental Clinical Procedures 3
Total   13
2nd Semester
3CST 229 Intercultural Communication or CST 110 or CST 115 or CST 126 3
  CST  110  Introduction to Communication  
  CST  115  Small Group Communication  
  CST  126  Interpersonal Communication  
RTH 121 Cardiopulmonary Science I 3
RTH 131 Respiratory Care Theory & Procedures I 4
RTH 196 On-Site Training in Respiratory Care I 3
RTH 245 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care II 2
Total   15
3rd Semester
RTH 135 Diagnostic & Therapeutic Procedures 2
RTH 296 On-Site Training in Respiratory Care II 2
Total   4
4th Semester
RTH 215 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 1
RTH 222 Cardiopulmonary Science II 3
RTH 236 Critical Care Monitoring 3
RTH 253 Advanced Clinical Procedures III 3
RTH 295 Topics in Advanced Cardiac Life Support 2
Total   12
5th Semester
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
RTH 225 Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Procedures 3
RTH 227 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills II 2
RTH 254 Advanced Clinical Procedures IV 3
4___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   12
Total credits for the Respiratory Therapy A.A.S.=71 (includes 15 prerequisite credits)

1 Although students who have graduated with a transfer-oriented A.A., A.S., or A.A. & S. degree or any baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education will have most of their general education considered as met, they must meet the math and science requirements specified for this program. Exceptions must be approved by the division dean responsible for the student’s curriculum.

2 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 CST 229 Intercultural Communication is recommended.

4 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.