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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 

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
ART 2000 Art History Survey I
ART 2020 Art History Survey II
ART 1035 Intro to Art
COM 1030 Intro to Film
ENGL 2110 Early American Literature
ENGL 2120 Modern American Literature
ENGL 2210 Early British Literature
ENGL 2220 Modern British Literature
ENGL 2310 Early World Literature
ENGL 2320 Modern World Literature
HUM 1010 Early Humanities
HUM 1020 Modern Humanities
MUS 1030 Introduction to Music
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1040 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 Introductory Statistics (or above) 
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. 
RESP 1225 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology
RESP 1320 Cardiopulmonary Physiology
RESP 1410 Fundamentals of Resp. Care 1
RESP 1220 Introduction to Clinical Practice
RESP 1310 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
RESP 1420 Fundamentals of Resp. Care 2
RESP 2339 Introduction to Clinical 2
RESP 2440 Mechanical Ventilation
RESP 2442 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing
RESP 2444 Critical Care Practice 1
RESP 2445 Advanced Concepts of Mechanical Ventilation
RESP 2455 Pediatric Respiratory Care
RESP 2456 Comprehensive Credentialing Preparation
RESP 2465 Critical Care Practice 2

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

Sample Schedule

1st Year, Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
MATH 1530 Statistics and Probability 3
RESP 1225 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 2
RESP 1320 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3
RESP 1410 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I 4
  Total Credits 19
1st Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
RESP 1220 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
RESP 1310 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3
RESP 1420 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II 4
  Total Credits 17
Summer Semester
Number Course Name Credits
RESP 2339 Introduction to Clinical II 3
RESP 2440 Mechanical Ventilation 4
RESP 2442 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing 4
  Humanities Course 3
  Total Credits 14
2nd Year, Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
RESP 2444 Critical Care Practice I  3
RESP 2445

Advanced Concepts of Mechanical Ventilation

4
RESP 2455 Pediatric Respiratory Care 4
PSYC 1030 General Psychology 3
  Total Credits 15
2nd Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
RESP 2456

Comprehensive Credentialing Preparation

4
RESP 2465 Critical Care Practice II 4
  Total Credits 8

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