Respiratory Care

Career
Catalog year 2015/2016

Prepares students to assume responsible positions as part of the Health Care Team. Focuses on the use of objective scientific data as well as theory to train students to solve complex problems in the clinical setting. Students receive specialized training in the areas of diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventative care for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory Care students participate in various classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The laboratory experience provides the opportunity for hands on experience in preparation for clinical practice in diverse clinical settings. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all courses. Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (N.B.R.C.). The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; 817.283.2835.

 
  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/artweb/index.html
Course Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics
 
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences
 
PS 101–General Psychology 3
Arts & Humanities
 
CMSP 105–Small Group Communication 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
 
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 104–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 120–Microbiology for Allied Health 4
PE Requirement 1
Departmental Requirements
 
RC 100–Introduction to Respiratory Care 2
RC 102–Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 4
RC 103–Pharmacology 3
RC 104–Gas Exchange Physiology 2
RC 105–Cardiopulmonary & Renal Anatomy & Physiology 3
RC 107–Principles of Mechanical Ventilation 4
RC 109–Clinical Practicum I 2
RC 110–Clinical Practicum II  2
RC 202–Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RC 203–Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Home Care 2
RC 204–Cardiac Monitoring & Diagnostics 4
RC 205–Professional Seminar 2
RC 206–Pulmonary Diagnostics  2
RC 207–Cardiopulmonary & Renal Pathophysiology Review 3
RC 208–Clinical Practicum III 2
RC 209–Clinical Practicum IV 2
Total 67 *


* corrected 7/1/15 per catalog addendum 15-16 v2 6-30-15.

Frederick Community College prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its activities, admissions, educational programs, and employment.

Frederick Community College’s Respiratory Care program trains students in diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventative care for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists may specialize in areas such as neonatal care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, pediatric ICU or adult critical care. While the majority of respiratory therapists work in hospitals, many work in physicians’ offices, home health agencies, and assisted living facilities.

The Respiratory Care program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and behavior expected of registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) in general careers within the field, and qualifies them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care’s entry level and advanced practitioner exams. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244. (817) 283-2835.

Click here to view CoARC’s Programmatic Outcomes Data page.

FCC offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Respiratory Care, a 21-month, 67/68 credit program (24 courses) with 900 hours of clinical experience.

Students participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The laboratory work provides the opportunity for hands-on experience in preparation for clinical practice in diverse clinical settings.

Clinical courses (courses with the RC designation) are offered exclusively at the Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education, which was developed in conjunction with Carroll Community College and Howard Community College. The center is located at 1902 Back Acre Circle, Mount Airy, Md. Students from all three colleges attend health care training programs at this facility at in-county tuition rates.

Clinical sites include Frederick Memorial Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Montgomery General Hospital, Saint Agnes Hospital, and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
To be included in the pool of applicants for admission to the clinical portion of the respiratory care program, a student must request consideration through the Allied Health and Wellness Department by June 1. In addition, you must:
  1. Complete all required developmental coursework prior to applying to the program
  2. Complete Anatomy & Physiology I (BI 103) with a ‘C’ or better prior to applying to the program
  3. Be in good academic standing (no academic alert, no academic probation)
  4. Have a GPA of at least 2.0
  5. All courses for consideration and evaluation for admission to the RC program must be completed before the June 1 application deadline.Students must achieve a “C” or higher in any course they plan to apply toward the RC program requirements.
  6. Have all official transcripts from other colleges/universities sent to the Welcome Center by June 1.
  7. Apply for admission to Frederick Community College
  8. Meet with the allied health advisor
  9. Points will be assigned only to those students who have returned the “Student Application for the Respiratory Care Clinical Class” and met the above criteria. The point value for non-clinical courses completed and residency are shown on the “Criteria for Admission to the Respiratory Care Program” sheet.
The students with the highest point total will be accepted conditionally into the clinical portion of the program and will be informed of their status by June 30. Students with equal point totals will be ordered by GPA from highest to lowest (GPA calculated only from courses listed on "criteria for admission").  If an accepted student declines their seat in the program, the next eligible student with the highest score is offered admission to the program.

 

Criteria for Admission to the Respiratory Care Program

 
Course Points
EN101 1
PS101 1
BI103  
2 points if passed first time course is taken, 1 point if passed second time course is taken, 0 points if passed on three or more attempts 2
BI104  
2 points if passed first time course is taken, 1 point if passed second time course is taken, 0 points if passed on three or more attempts 2
BI120 2
Gen Ed Math 2
Gen Ed Communications 1
PE/Health Elective 1
GPA: 3.0 or higher 1
Job Shadow (observe a therapist) 1
*Residency – Frederick County, Carroll County or Howard County 1
TOTAL 15

*  Residents of Carroll and Howard Counties are awarded the same point for residency as Frederick County residents, as part of the Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Consortium Agreement.

Frederick Community College prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its activities, admissions, educational programs, and employment.

Q: Is the RC program accredited?
A: Yes, it is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Q: If I am already in a respiratory program, may I transfer into the FCC program?
A: No, not at this time.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: June 1st

Q: What is job shadowing and what is the procedure?
A:The job shadow point is earned by arranging your own visit and then attending. We do not assist in the job shadow  process; students earn the point through their own efforts and by attending the job shadow. However, University of Maryland Medical System Respiratory Dept. has expressed interest in having prospective RC applicants do their shadow experience at their facility.

Start by contacting the hospital that is most accessible for you.‚Äč This may be the hospital in your neighborhood/community or a hospital where you have contacts.

Contact the Respiratory dept. at whatever hospital you choose and tell them you would like to job shadow/observe a therapist. They usually help you contact the proper channels from there (if they are able).

Initiate the  process early because most hospitals require your immunization record for admission to the hospital and a background check (for patient safety). 

There is no specific amount of hours required but stay long enough to get a feel for the work of a Respiratory Therapist (that is the goal of the shadow)

After the job shadow experience, a note must be written, by the therapist you observed, manager or supervisor on duty, stating date and time of the job shadow (therapist must put phone number on it and sign it).

The job shadow confirmation note can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to: 
mail: 
Respiratory Program 
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
Email: Rhonda Patterson
Fax: 301 624 2889 

Q: What courses transfer from other colleges attended?
A:Please apply to FCC and send your transcripts so that the transcript evaluator can review your transcripts and provide this information.

Q: How many total points should I have on the point scale for the best chance for admission?
A: 13 points

Q: How many people apply to the program each year?
A: approximately 60

Q: How many people do you accept each year?
A: 25

Q: What courses should I complete to have the best chance for admission?
A: A&P 1, A&P 2, english 101, psychology 101, any credit math, any physical ed. or health ed, group discussion, microbiology BI 120

Q: How much does it costs for the entire program?
A: In County Tuition: 17, 393.00 ($189.45 per credit x 67 credits = 12,693.15 + Clinical Costs: $4700 (Books, Supplies, Travel) Note: this estimate is for in county tuition rate.

Q: What GPA is required?
A: Must have at least a 2.0 to apply. A 2.5 would be competitive.

Q: I’m taking summer courses. Will these summer courses be counted toward my application point scale?
A: No, All courses for consideration and evaluation for admission to the RC program must be completed before the June 1 application deadline.

Q: Several years have elapsed since I took my courses? Will they still be accepted?
A: Yes, the RC program will accept the courses passed with a ‘C’ or better, no matter how long ago they were taken.

Q: Once admitted to the program, is there a required amount of RC courses I must take each semester?
A: Yes, the program courses are sequential and pre-requisites for the following semesters.
RC 100, RC 102, & RC 104 must be taken together in the first fall semester. RC 103, RC 105, RC 107, & RC 109 must be taken together in the first spring semester. RC 110 must be taken in the summer. RC 202, RC 204, RC 206, & RC 208 must be taken together in the second fall semester.RC 203, RC 205, RC 207, & RC 209 must be taken together in the second spring semester.

The following technical standards are essential in order to meet the objectives of the Respiratory Care Program at Frederick Community College. With reasonable accommodations, the student must possess:
 

  1. Fine motor skills sufficient to perform skills such as picking up, grasping, manipulating small objects with hands, and writing with a pen or pencil.
  2. Physical mobility and strength sufficient to move about on a unit and participate in client care.
  3. Physical stamina sufficient to perform client care for entire length of clinical experience (6-8 hours).
  4. Auditory ability sufficient for assessment of client health and safety.
  5. Visual acuity sufficient to distinguish color and see objects up to 20 inches away.
  6. Reading ability sufficient to understand the written word at a minimum of a tenth grade level.
  7. Arithmetic competence that would allow the student to read and understand columns and/or writing, tell time, use measuring tools, and add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  8. Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility/accountability for actions, provide client with emotional support, adapt to environmental stress, and monitor own emotions.
  9. Analytical thinking sufficient to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, problem solve, prioritize tasks, and use long-term and short-term memory.
  10. Critical thinking ability sufficient to exercise sound judgment through the sequencing of information and the identification of cause and effect relationships.
  11. Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish rapport with clients and co-workers and respect the rights of others and the differences in clients.
  12. Communication skills sufficient to teach others, explain procedures, interact with others, and convey information in writing.



Adapted from: Yocum, C.J (1996). Validation study: Functional abilities for nursing practice. Published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust in the respiratory care profession and its professionals as identified by employer survey.
  2. Recommend and perform procedures to maintain the airway, remove secretions, and assure ventilation and tissue oxygenation.
  3. Perform a full physical assessment and provide safe respiratory care by modifying therapy or making recommendations for changes in therapy based on the patient’s response to their current therapeutic regimen.
  4. Promote disease prevention and wellness by educating patients on the proper use and care of respiratory equipment.
  5. Identify educational opportunities to improve and maintain their professional competence and credentials.
  6. Provide care without discrimination on any basis, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals.
  7. Obtain the CRT and RRT professional credentials in order to practice respiratory care.
  8. Participate as an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
In addition to the tuition and fees charged by the the college, students should plan on the following expenses to complete the program:
 
Stethoscope $70
Lab Coat $30
Scrub Top & Pants $40
Shoes $50
Wrist Watch $30
Books $1500
Travel (commuting to and from clinical sites costs may vary) $2000
CPR $65
Vaccinations $500
Exam Review $365
CRT Exam $200
Background Check $70
 


*These are only estimates and are subject to change. 
FCC offers a tuition payment plan for students who wish to spread payment over several months.  Scholarship and loan assistance is available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships and loans, the following scholarships are available to Respiratory Care students:
  • Frederick Medical Foundation Scholarship
  • Loats Foundation Scholarships
  • Respiratory Care Scholarship.

For complete scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid office.
Cinical courses (courses with the RC designation) are offered exclusively at the Mount Airy College Center for Healthcare Education, which was developed in conjunction with Carroll Community College and Howard Community College. The center is located at 1902 Back Acre Circle, Mount Airy, MD.  Students from all three colleges can attend the healthcare training programs at this facility at in-county tuition rates.

Additional Information on the Mount Airy College Center for Healthcare Education.
For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Respiratory Care, FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements with:
  • University of Baltimore – B.S. Health Systems Management,
  • University of Baltimore at Shady Grove – B.S. Health Systems Management, and
  • Towson University – B.T.P.S Allied Health.
 For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471.The Counseling & Advising office or Career & Transfer Center can also help students plan for transfer to Salisbury University’s Bachelor’s degree program in Respiratory Care, which is offered at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Respiratory Care Prerequisite Flow Chart

Therapist Multiple Choice Exam Detailed Content Outlines


This content matrix from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) provides detailed learning outcomes necessary for competent respiratory care practitioners. All Respiratory Care faculty and students can access this information for guidance in their classroom and clinical instruction. 

Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination

Clinical Simulation Examination