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Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree

Program Code: 105151

As a graduate of the Respiratory Therapy program, you’re prepared to evaluate, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients with chronic and acute diseases of the heart and lungs. Typical careers include hospital staff therapist, pulmonary function technologist, sleep disorder center technician, shift supervisor, department manager, home care therapist/manager, nursing home therapist, respiratory care educator, and medical equipment and supplies sales representative. Respiratory Therapy program graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in a hospital, nursing home, and homecare setting as a:

• Staff Therapist

• Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist

• Perinatal/Pediatric Therapist

• Pulmonary Function Technologist

• Sleep Disorder Center Technician

• Shift Supervisor

• Department Manager

• Home Care Therapist/Manager

• Nursing Home Therapist

• Respiratory Care Educator

• Medical Equipment and Supplies Sales Representative

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Credentialing Examinations.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Admission Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment taken within the last five years. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a counselor.)
• Two semesters in high school, or one semester in college of the following: Algebra, Biology, Chemistry (with a lab component), and Advanced Math (or Physics). All required course grades must be completed with a "C" or better.
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory spring program orientation
• Complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• A four hour job shadow is strongly encouraged.
• Complete a Functional Abilities Inventory.

Suggested Skills for Success

CNA Certification is highly recommended, as students who have this certification more easily adjust to the clinical environment.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Respiratory Therapy associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-806-177
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisites: 10-806-134, General Chemistry or other lab-based chemistry with “C” or better AND one of the following or equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading score or 10-831-102, English Comp Prep. Health programs may require a higher chemistry grade; check your plan for details.)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.
SEMESTER TOTAL
5
FIRST SEMESTER
10-501-101
Medical Terminology
3
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY & BASIC PHYSIOLOGY... apply the word building model to analyze and interpret common medical terminology and the fundamental basics of human physiology.
10-515-111
Respiratory Survey
3
10-515-111 RESPIRATORY THERAPY SURVEY MODULE ...examines the role of the respiratory therapist within the healthcare community. Reviews the ethical, legal, and regulatory principles that guide practice across diverse populations. Introductory patient assessment and critical thinking processes used in the development of respiratory care plans are explored. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Respiratory Therapy program)
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-806-197
Microbiology
4
10-806-197 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ...alterations in the human body caused by pathologic processes and the body's adaptation to pathology; synthesizing pathophysiologic concepts to understand rationale for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-515-171
Respiratory Therapeutics 1
3
10-515-171 RESPIRATORY THERAPEUTICS 1...introduces the topics of medical gas administration and humidity and aerosol therapy. The learner will apply physics, math and patient assessment concepts to oxygen, aerosol and humidity therapy. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisites: 10-515-111, Respiratory Therapy Survey; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology)
10-515-173
Respiratory Pharmacology
3
10-515-173 RESPIRATORY PHARMACOLOGY...examines basic pharmacology principles, drug dosage, and calculations. Medications for inhalation including mucolytics, bronchodilators, and anti-inflammatories. Also includes cardiac drugs, anesthetic drugs, neuromuscular blockers, and antimicrobials. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology)
10-515-174
Respiratory/Cardiac Physiology
3
10-515-174 RESPIRATORY/CARDIAC PHYSIOLOGY...provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of the respiratory and circulatory systems necessary to function as a competent Respiratory Therapist. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology)
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-515-172
Respiratory Therapeutics 2
3
10-515-172 RESPIRATORY THERAPEUTICS 2...introduces therapeutic procedures including arterial puncture, bronchial hygiene, lung expansion therapy, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisite: 10-515-171, Respiratory Therapeutics 1; 10-806-197, Microbiology)
10-515-175
Respiratory Clinical 1
2
10-515-175 RESPIRATORY CLINICAL 1...introduces Respiratory Therapy practice in the hospital setting. Includes the development of skills such as basic therapeutics, patient assessment, medical record review, safety practices, patient interaction, and communication. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisites: 10-515-170, Respiratory Therapy Survey; 10-515-171, Respiratory Therapeutics 1; Corequisites: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-515-172 Respiratory Therapeutics 2)
SEMESTER TOTAL
5
THIRD SEMESTER
10-515-112
Respiratory Airway Management
2
10-515-112 RESPIRATORY AIRWAY MANAGEMENT ...provides a comprehensive exploration of airway management concepts and skills. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisites: 10-515-172, Respiratory Therapeutics 2; 10-515-174, Respiratory/Cardiac Physiology; 10-515-175, Respiratory Clinical 1)
10-515-113
Respiratory Life Support
3
10-515-113 RESPIRATORY LIFE SUPPORT ...focuses on management of adult ventilatory support. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisites: 10-515-172, Respiratory Therapeutics 2; 10-515-174, Respiratory/Cardiac Physiology; 10-515-175, Respiratory Clinical 1)
10-515-176
Respiratory Disease
3
10-515-176 RESPIRATORY DISEASE ...exploration of signs, symptoms, causes, progression, and treatment of diseases or disorders of the body that affect the cardiopulmonary system. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisites: 10-515-111, Respiratory Therapy Survey; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology)
10-515-178
Respiratory Clinical 2
3
10-515-178 RESPIRATORY CLINICAL 2-REFRESHER...continued development of Respiratory Therapy clinical skills including respiratory therapeutics. Focuses on monitoring, analyzing and interpreting data to make appropriate modifications in patient care. This course includes the complete program competency list. At the completion of this clinical learners must demonstrate competence in a minimum of 12 (required and/or simulated) competencies. (Prerequisite: 10-515-175, Respiratory Clinical 1)
10-515-179
Respiratory Clinical 3
3
10-515-179 RESPIRATORY CLINICAL 3...continued development of Respiratory Therapy clinical skills including respiratory therapeutics. Focuses on monitoring, analyzing and interpreting data to make appropriate modifications in patient care. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Corequisite: 10-515-178, Respiratory Clinical 2)
10-809-196
Intro to Sociology
3
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-515-164
Clinical Simulation Review
2
10-515-164 CLINICAL SIMULATION REVIEW ...diagnosis, management, and treatment received by cardiopulmonary patients. This course prepares students for the testing processes utilized by the National Board for Respiratory Care; all testing processes will be reviewed utilizing appropriate content. (Prerequisite: 47-531-462, ACLS Provider; Corequisites: 10-515-182, Respiratory Clinical 4; 10-515-183, Respiratory Clinical 5)
10-515-180
Respiratory Neo/Peds Care
2
10-515-180 RESPIRATORY NEO/PEDS CARE...Provides a comprehensive orientation to the field of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care to include fetal development, birth, neonatal physiology, pulmonary dynamics, abnormal cardiopulmonary conditions, diseases, noninvasive and invasive therapeutic interventions. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisite: 10-515-113, Respiratory Life Support )
10-515-181
Respiratory/Cardio Diagnostics
3
10-515-181 RESPIRATORY/CARDIO DIAGNOSTICS ...advanced invasive and noninvasive diagnostic cardiopulmonary procedures including pulmonary function, hemodynamics and rescue medicine. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisites: 10-515-173, Respiratory Pharmacology; 10-515-176, Respiratory Disease; 10-515-113, Respiratory Life Support)
10-515-182
Respiratory Clinical 4
3
10-515-182 RESPIRATORY CLINICAL 4 ...continued development of Respiratory Therapy clinical skills including respiratory therapeutics. Focuses on monitoring, analyzing and interpreting data to make appropriate modifications in patient care. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisite: 10-515-179, Respiratory Clinical 3)
10-515-183
Respiratory Clinical 5
3
10-515-183 RESPIRATORY CLINICAL 5 ...Focuses on the completion of respiratory therapy competencies and transition to employment. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Corequisite: 10-515-182, Respiratory Clinical 4)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
71
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-501-XXX and 10-515-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
. Students must earn a "B" or higher in General Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "B" in these courses may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

• Apply respiratory therapy concepts to patient care situations.
• Practice respiratory therapy according to established professional and ethical standards.
• Demonstrate technical proficiency required to fulfill the role of a Respiratory Therapist.

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Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
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Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase a uniform, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances, participate in p.m. clinicals, or weekend rotations.
• Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
• Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Students are required to take an ACLS Provider course prior to the start of Clinical 4.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Credentialing Examinations.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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