Respiratory Care

Associate Degree

Program Overview

 

Prepare to pursue a career in Respiratory Care Technology, assessing, treating and monitoring patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. Combining classroom, laboratory, and hands-on clinical experiences, this program will prepare you for work in a wide range of healthcare environments. Graduates are eligible for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam.

Career Possibilities

  • CPAP Therapy
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science degree program in Respiratory Care prepares students to pursue a career as a highly-skilled, critical thinking, Respiratory Therapist (RT).  RTs assess, treat, and monitor patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system.  Practicing under the guidance of a physician, RTs perform a wide array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on adult, pediatric, and newborn patients.

Typical responsibilities for an RT include interviewing and examining patients with breathing problems, performing diagnostic studies such as obtaining and analyzing arterial blood gases, pulmonary function testing, hemodynamic monitoring, and polysomnography.  RTs administer aerosolized medications, initiate mechanical ventilation, perform bronchopulmonary hygiene, maintain airway patency, and provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

RTs play an integral role in the development and monitoring of a patient’s cardiopulmonary treatment plan.  RTs utilize evidence-based medicine to educate patients, families, and the community regarding cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention and management.

RTs work in a variety of healthcare environments such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, homecare agencies, sleep disorder centers, clinical transport operations, physicians’ offices, wellness clinics, educational institutions, traveling agencies, and medical equipment sales and service providers.

Through the combination of classroom, laboratory, and hands-on clinical experiences, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their knowledge and create real-world understanding.  Upon successful completion of the entire course of study, graduates will be eligible to sit for the entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).  An individual must pass this examination to be eligible for state licensure and to qualify to take the advanced-level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exam administered by the NBRC. In addition, after completing certain prerequisites, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management Technology.

ACCREDITATION STATUS

The Respiratory Care program at New England Institute of Technology holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Self Study Report (SSR), and other documentation required by the CoARC Board. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.

The New England Institute of Technology holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

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Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission
The mission of the Respiratory Care (RC) program is to provide a specialized associate degree program to prepare students for careers as advanced-level respiratory therapists. Through a combination of didactic, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences the program emphasizes the knowledge, critical thinking, and professional behaviors graduates will need to become effective respiratory care practitioners.

Program Goals
The RC program will:  

  1. Provide students with learning experiences that engage the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains necessary to function as advanced-level respiratory therapists.
  2. Utilize state-of-the-art simulation technology to allow students to demonstrate the application of knowledge in a laboratory setting.
  3. Focus on the hands-on application of knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to practice evidence-based respiratory care within diverse patient populations.
  4. Prepare students with the requirements necessary to qualify for entry-level and advanced-level national certification examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  5. Endeavor to instill in the student a sense of commitment to the respiratory care profession’s core values and ethics including ongoing professional development and life-long learning.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Collect, review, and evaluate patient cardiopulmonary assessment data and recommend the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.
  2. Initiate, monitor, and modify respiratory care treatment plans and critical care activities based upon the therapeutic goals of the patient.
  3. Manipulate and manage respiratory care equipment while maintaining the appropriate infection and quality control standards.
  4. Apply critical thinking and problem solving strategies in the adult, pediatric, and neonatal patient care settings.
  5. Consult with physicians, nurses, and other members of the patient care team to develop and modify individual respiratory care plans.
  6. Perform evidence-based respiratory care practices established by current clinical practice guidelines and published research.
  7. Utilize interpersonal communication skills to promote cardiopulmonary wellness and educate diverse patient population groups, families, and the community.

Associate in Science Degree

  • Associate in Science Degree
  • RC 110 Foundations of Respiratory Care
  • RC 111 Introduction to Respiratory Care Clinical
  • BIO 100 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 101 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • RC 120 Principles of Cardiopulmonary Physiology
  • RC 121 Respiratory Care Pharmacology
  • BIO 120 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • RC 130 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care I & Lab
  • RC 131 Respiratory Care Clinical I
  • RC 132 Respiratory Care Pathophysiology I
  • BIO 122 Microbiology
  • PS 202 Psychology of Healthcare
  • RC 240 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care II & Lab
  • RC 241 Respiratory Care Clinical II
  • RC 242 Respiratory Care Pathophysiology II
  • RC 252 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care III & Lab
  • RC 253 Respiratory Care Clinical III
  • RC 254 Specialty Principles & Practice of Respiratory Care
  • RC 261 Theory & Application of Respiratory Care IV & Lab
  • RC 262 Respiratory Care Clinical IV
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