FCC Respiratory Care Program
The FCC Respiratory Care Program has an outstanding regional reputation for producing excellent graduates. This program prepares students for general careers within the field, and qualifies them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care’s entry level and advanced practitioner exams.
Respiratory Therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. Their patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.
Respiratory Care Accreditation
Essential Information for Prospective and Current Students
Frequently Asked Questions about the Respiratory Care Program at FCC
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. 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:
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?
Q: What courses should I complete to have the best chance for admission?
A: A & P 1 ( BSCI 201), A & P 2 (BSCI 202), English ( ENGL 101), Psychology (PSYC 101), Credit Math ( MATH 120 or higher) , Elective from PHED, HLTH, NUTR, and Microbiology (BSCI 223)
Q: How much does it cost for the entire program?
A: To see most recent tuition and fees, please visit https://www.frederick.edu/cost-financial-aid/tuition-fees.aspx.
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.
- RESP 100, RESP 102, & RESP 104 must be taken together in the first fall semester.
- RESP 103, RESP 105, RESP 107, & RESP 109 must be taken together in the first spring semester.
- RESP 110 must be taken in the summer.
- RESP 202, RESP 204, RESP 206, & RESP 208 must be taken together in the second fall semester.
- RESP 203, RESP 205, RESP 207, & RESP 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:
- Fine motor skills sufficient to perform skills such as picking up, grasping, manipulating small objects with hands, and writing with a pen or pencil.
- Physical mobility and strength sufficient to move about on a unit and participate in client care.
- Physical stamina sufficient to perform client care for entire length of clinical experience (6-8 hours).
- Auditory ability sufficient for assessment of client health and safety.
- Visual acuity sufficient to distinguish color and see objects up to 20 inches away.
- Reading ability sufficient to understand the written word at a minimum of a tenth grade level.
- 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.
- Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility/accountability for actions, provide client with emotional support, adapt to environmental stress, and monitor own emotions.
- Analytical thinking sufficient to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, problem solve, prioritize tasks, and use long-term and short-term memory.
- Critical thinking ability sufficient to exercise sound judgment through the sequencing of information and the identification of cause and effect relationships.
- Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish rapport with clients and co-workers and respect the rights of others and the differences in clients.
- 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.
In addition to the tuition and fees charged by the the college, students should plan on the following expenses to complete the program:
*These are only estimates and are subject to change.
|Scrub Top & Pants
|Travel (commuting to and from clinical sites costs may vary)
Contacts and Additional Information
PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS: RESPIRATORY CARE ORIENTATION & INFORMATION SESSIONS
Orientation and Information sessions for Respiratory Care are offered monthly during the day and in the evening. For additional information on the Respiratory Care program, for details on the upcoming orientation and information session schedule and location, and to register for a session, click here.
Academic Office Manager
Respiratory Care Program Application
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TMC Detailed Content Outlines
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