Respiratory Care Pathway

The Associate of Applied Science Degree

Contact Information
Cathy Garner
(731) 424-3520
cgarner@jscc.edu

Program and Career Description

Respiratory Therapists are the health care specialists who work under the direction of a physician and assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with pulmonary disorders. Respiratory Therapists work with people of all ages from newborns to geriatric patients. RTs work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, and physicians' offices. The Respiratory Care program combines general education courses, respiratory care courses, and clinical experience courses. Respiratory care students will learn using the most advanced technology and hands-on patient care in one of the area healthcare facilities. The educational curriculum is a 5 semester on-ground program of study that prepares graduates for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, and for licensure in Tennessee.

Projected Income

Career Experienced Salary
Respiratory Therapists $53,838+

Salaries are not guaranteed. Data provided by Jobs4TN https://www.jobs4tn.gov/

Accreditation Information

The Respiratory Care Program has made application for Provisional Accreditation of The Associate of Applied Science Respiratory Care Major to the Commission on Accreditation Respiratory Care (CoARC) (CoARC 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX, 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835). Jackson State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Requirements

(Students may require additional Learning Support courses.)

Communication Requirement
ENGL 1010 English Composition I

Choose ONE Humanities Course
ARTH 2010 Survey of Art History I
ARTH 2020 Survey of Art History II
ART 1030 Art Appreciation
COM 1030 Intro to Film
ENGL 2111 American Lit: Pre-Colonial - 1865
ENGL 2121 American Lit: 1865 - Present
ENGL 2210 British Lit: Beginnings - 1785
ENGL 2220 British Lit: 1785 - Present
ENGL 2310 World Lit: Beginnings - 1650
ENGL 2320 World Lit: 1650 - Present
HUM 1010 Introduction to the Humanities I
HUM 1020 Introduction to the Humanities II
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics
THEA 1030 Introduction to Theatre

Social and Behavioral Science Course
PSYC 1030 General Psychology

Natural Science Course
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Additional Required Courses
MATH 1530 Statistics and Probability 

BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2230 Microbiology

Major Required Courses
Respiratory Care courses (RCT) are taken in sequence after formal admission to the Respiratory Care Program. 
RCT 113 Foundation of Respiratory Care I
RCT 114 Respiratory Care Science I
RCT 115 Respiratory Care Science II
RCT 116 Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology
RCT 117 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology
RCT 214 Clinical Practice I
RCT 225 Clinical Practice II
RCT 234 Clinical Practice III
RCT 242 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
RCT 248 Airway Management
RCT 249 Respiratory Care Symposium
RCT 250 Foundation of Respiratory Care II

RCT 251 Respiratory Care Science III
RCT 252 Foundation of Respiratory Care III

RCT 260 Clinical Practice IV

(The AAS Respiratory Care requires 73 college level credits. This is a career program which was granted an exception to the 60 hour limit requirement reached through Tennessee Board of Regents consensus. The exception was granted due to additional hours needed to adequately cover the necessary learning outcomes and/or to meet national accreditation agency requirements. Some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites.)

Sample Schedule

 

1st Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
MATH 1530 Statistics and Probability 3
RCT 114 Respiratory Care Science I 4
RCT 117 Cardiopulmonary A&P 3
  Total Credits 17
1st Year, Summer Semester
Number Course Name Credits
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
RCT 113 Foundation of Respiratory Care I 4
RCT 115 Respiratory Care Science II 3
RCT 116 Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology 2
RCT 214 Clinical Practice I 1
  Total Credits 18
2nd Year,  Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
RCT 225 Clinical Practice II 3
RCT 248 Airway Management 4
  Humanities Course 3
  Total Credits 10
2nd Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
RCT 250 Foundation of Respiratory Care II  4
RCT 234 Clinical Practice III 4
RCT 251 Respiratory Care Science III 4
 PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
  Total Credits 15
2nd Year, Summer Semester
Number Course Name Credits
RCT 260 Clinical Practice IV 4
RCT 242 Perinatal & Pediatric Resp. Care 3
RCT 249 Respiratory Care Symposium 3
RCT 252 Foundation of Respiratory Care III 3
  Total Credits 13

The following courses are not required, but are strongly recommended and considered during the program admissions process:

  • COL 1030 College to Career Navigation
  • HSC 111 Medical Terminology