Respiratory Care, Associate in Science

Courses and Requirements

The associate degree program in Respiratory Care provides students with a curriculum that leads to the Associate in Science degree, eligibility for the national credentialing process, entry into the Massachusetts licensure process, and employment in Respiratory Care. Respiratory therapists participate in the diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and other breathing disorders. Graduates are prepared for the National Board of Respiratory Care credentialing exams, (CRT and RRT), and for state licensure as a respiratory therapist. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses in order to continue to the next semester and in order to graduate. 

A minimum of 74 credit hours are required for graduation.

Students contemplating a career in respiratory care must be aware that if they have ever been convicted by a court of law, their records will be subject to review by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Respiratory Care upon application to take the examination for registered respiratory licensure.

A CORI/CHRI/SORI check is required prior to the clinical experience. See more information below.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Accreditation

The Respiratory Care Program at Northern Essex Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Additional Admission Criteria and Information

Please find additional information here: Required Forms.

CORI/CHRI/SORI

Students interested in participation in this academic program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/CHRI/SORI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

CPR

Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.

Drug & Alcohol Screening

Students enrolled in this academic program are required to pass a drug and alcohol screening analysis.

Health

Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series, prior to final acceptance to the Program.

Student Professional Liability Insurance

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.

Requirements

BIO115Physiological Chemistry

4

BIO121Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIO122Anatomy & Physiology II

4

BIO220Microbiology

4

ENG101English Composition I

3

ENG102English Composition II

3

RSC100Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3

RSC101Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I

3

RSC102Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II

4

RSC103Respiratory Pharmacology

2

RSC104Introduction to Respiratory Disease

3

RSC111Respiratory Modalities I

2

RSC112Respiratory Modalities II

2

RSC191Respiratory Clinical I

1

RSC192Respiratory Clinical II

4

RSC200Diagnostics in Respiratory Medicine

3

RSC201Respiratory Critical Care I

3

RSC202Respiratory Critical Care II

3

RSC203Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RSC211Respiratory Modalities III

2

RSC212Respiratory Modalities IV

2

RSC290Clinical Diagnostics

1

RSC292Respiratory Clinical III

4

RSC293Respiratory Clinical IV

4

RSC100: Respiratory/Polysomnography or permission of instructor

Courses with Prerequisites: BIO121, BIO122, BIO220, ENG102, RSC101, RSC102, RSC103, RSC104, RSC111, RSC112, RSC191, RSC192, RSC200, RSC201, RSC202, RSC203, RSC211, RSC212, RSC290, RSC292, RSC293

Milestone Courses: RSC102, RSC111, RSC112, RSC191, RSC192, RSC201, RSC211, RSC212, RSC292, RSC293

Schedule Tips: RSC100, RSC101, RSC111, RSC191, RSC201, RSC203, RSC211, RSC292 offered FALL ONLY; RSC102, RSC103, RSC104, RSC112, RSC192, RSC202, RSC212, RSC293 offered SPRING ONLY; RSC200, RSC290 offered SUMMER ONLY

Electives

Humanities or Social Science Elective  Must meet Global Awareness Core Academic Skill (Spanish or World Religions recommended)  3

Program Notes

Students considering a career as a respiratory therapist must have good interpersonal skills; a caring and compassionate attitude; the ability to organize time and prioritize tasks; and, an active interest in the field of medicine. Success in this profession requires a solid foundation in the biologic sciences (chemistry, physics, human anatomy and physiology), and basic computer skills.

Required Course Sequence Respiratory Care Associate Degree

Year 1

Fall
BIO115Physiological Chemistry

4

BIO121Anatomy & Physiology I

4

RSC100Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3

RSC101Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I

3

RSC111Respiratory Modalities I

2

RSC191Respiratory Clinical I

1

Spring
BIO122Anatomy & Physiology II

4

RSC102Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II

4

RSC103Respiratory Pharmacology

2

RSC104Introduction to Respiratory Disease

3

RSC112Respiratory Modalities II

2

RSC192Respiratory Clinical II

4

Summer
BIO220Microbiology

4

ENG101English Composition I

3

RSC200Diagnostics in Respiratory Medicine

3

RSC290Clinical Diagnostics

1

Year 2

Fall
ENG102English Composition II

3

RSC201Respiratory Critical Care I

3

RSC203Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RSC211Respiratory Modalities III

2

RSC292Respiratory Clinical III

4

Spring
RSC202Respiratory Critical Care II

3

RSC212Respiratory Modalities IV

2

RSC293Respiratory Clinical IV

4

Humanities/Social Science Elective

3