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Respiratory Therapist - Associate Degree

Program Code: 105151

As a graduate of the Respiratory Therapist 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 Therapist 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
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 90; Reading Comprehension, 90; Sentence Skills, 95; Algebra, 65. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 21; English, 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an 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 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Respiratory Therapist 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: Accuplacer Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
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. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
5
FIRST SEMESTER
10-806-197
Microbiology
4
10-806-197 MICROBIOLOGY ...history, morphology, physiology, nutritional growth requirements, metabolism, methods of identification. Focus on disease-causing microorganisms, appropriate prevention, treatment, control mechanisms. Specific/non-specific host defense mechanisms, applications of immunology examined. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology OR 10-806-114, General Biology with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
4
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. (Prerequisite: 10-515-171, Respiratory Therapeutics 1) Course Typically Offered: Summer
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. This course includes the complete program competency list. At the completion of this clinical learners must demonstrate competence in a minimum of five (required and/or simulated) competencies. The instructor may identify specific competencies to be addressed during this or any clinical. (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) Course Typically Offered: Summer
SEMESTER TOTAL
5
TOTAL CREDITS
14
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 Therapist 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.CertifiedBackground.com. 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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