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The Respiratory Care program prepares an individual to perform the staff responsibilities of the respiratory care profession. General education courses and respiratory care courses which include supervised clinical experience in area hospitals make up the building blocks of this exciting curriculum. All respiratory care courses are taught at the Knox County campus.

Along with the general entrance requirements of the Allied Health Sciences programs, the applicants for Respiratory Care must also:

  1. Obtain a GPA of 2.75 or greater in the in the general education courses required in the Respiratory Care curriculum.
  2. Complete BIOL 2010 Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of "C" or better.
  3. Obtain a “C” or better in each required science course.
  4. Only respiratory care courses which were completed within three years prior to applying for admission or readmission will be considered for transfer. Science courses more than ten (10)years old will not be considered.

Students that have been admitted into the program must attend an orientation to the Respiratory Care program prior to the first day of class. Students must submit physical examination forms at this time. Students who fail to attend orientation or submit physical examination forms and CPR certification may be dropped from the program. Proof of CPR certification must be submitted prior to beginning RESP 1420.

All students must pass a mock written registry to graduate from RSCC. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the credentialing examinations offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

These classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.

1st Fall    
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MATH 1530 Introductory Statistics (Recommended) OR
MATH 1130, 1630, 1730 or higher level math
PSYC 1030 Introduction to Psychology (Recommended) OR
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for next term  
1st Spring    
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PHIL 1040 Introduction to Ethics (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
Action Items    
  Feb Complete Health Sciences application before May 15th deadline  
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
2nd Fall    
RESP 1410 Fundamentals of RC  - 1 4
RESP 1320 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3
RESP 1225 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 2
Action Items    
  Oct Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term  
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring    
RESP 1420 Fundamentals of RC - 2 4
RESP 1310 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3
RESP 1220 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
Action Items    
  Apr Register for Summer and Fall terms  
2nd Summer    
RESP 2440 Mechanical Ventilation 4
RESP 2230 Introduction to Critical Care 2
3rd Fall    
RESP 2460 Fundamentals of RC - 3 4
RESP 2330 Hemodynamic Monitoring 3
RESP 2370 Neonatal Respiratory Care 3
RESP 2341 Clinical Practice - 2 3
Action Items    
  Oct Complete Application for Graduation  
  Nov Register for next term  
3rd Spring    
RESP 2320 Fundamentals of RC - 4 3
RESP 2120 Respiratory Care Seminar 1
RESP 2310 Comprehensive ACLS


RESP 2457 Clinical Practice - 3 4
Action Items    
  Mar Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)   
  Apr Complete State Licensure Application
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Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division.

Program Application Deadline: May 15

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

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