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1 Program Information Brief Respiratory Therapy For all campus information, call or , extension Call this number to speak with an advisor about the program. The Respiratory Therapy program provides students the opportunity to learn the dynamic allied health profession of respiratory therapy. Respiratory therapists are involved in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and conditions that affect the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Respiratory therapists work closely with physicians to plan, provide and evaluate direct care to persons with pulmonary and cardiovascular abnormalities. The curriculum includes a variety of supervised clinical practicum experiences in local healthcare facilities. Graduates will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to begin successful careers as professional respiratory therapists. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and graduates are eligible for credentialing examinations offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), as well as licensure as respiratory therapists by the Iowa Department of Public Health and all 48 other state boards licensing respiratory therapists. Employment opportunities are found in hospitals, clinics, physicians offices, homehealth care agencies, equipment and supply sales, rehabilitation and continuing care. For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program, please visit our website at Location: Ankeny Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses. Students start Fall term. Go to to apply for admission. Program Entry Requirements 1. Complete an application for admission. 2. Satisfy the assessment requirement. 3. Meet with a Respiratory Therapy faculty advisor. 4. Submit to Admissions office evidence of high school graduation or GED prior to enrollment. 5. Submit to Admissions office evidence of grade C or above in two semesters of high school Algebra II or the equivalent (Academic Achievement Center Algebra III & IV or MAT 073 Elementary Algebra II). 6. Submit to Admissions office evidence of grade C or above in two semesters of high school Chemistry or equivalent (Academic Achievement Center Chemistry I & II or CHM 122 Introduction to General Chemistry). 7. Submit to Admissions office evidence of grade C or above in BIO 733 Health Science Anatomy or BIO 164 Essentials Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent courses. Additional Requirements Criminal background checks will be done and results shared with cooperating agencies, who may delay or deny placement for clinical/practicum courses. This will affect successful program completion. Graduation Requirements To earn a Respiratory Therapy A.A.S. degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A minimum of grade C is required in all RCP courses. Ankeny Campus 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny, IA Boone Campus 1125 Hancock Drive Boone, IA Carroll Campus 906 N. Grant Road Carroll, IA Newton Campus 600 N. 2nd Avenue W. Newton, IA Urban Campus th Street Des Moines, IA West Campus 5959 Grand Avenue W. Des Moines, IA

2 Term 1 RCP 100 Intro to Respiratory Care 3 RCP 240 Respiratory Therapeutics 4 RCP 250 Cardio/Pulmonary Therapeutics 4 CHM 122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 Term 2 Select 1 Course from Option 1 RCP 360 Cardio/Pulmonary Renal Pathophysiology 5 RCP 400 Respiratory Therapy Pharmacology 3 RCP 700 Respiratory Therapy Practicum I 4 BIO 734 Health Science Physiology Opt 1 3 BIO 164 Essentials Anatomy & Physiology Opt 1 5 Term 3 Select 1 Course from Option 2 RCP 601 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy 4 RCP 705 Respiratory Therapy Practicum II 5 ENG 105 Composition I Opt 2 3 COM 703 Communication Skills Opt 2 3 Term 4 Select 1 Course from Option 3 RCP 500 Advanced Respiratory Therapy 5 RCP 710 Respiratory Therapy Practicum III 7 BIO 732 Health Science Microbiology Opt 3 4 BIO 186 Microbiology Opt 3 4 Term 5 Select 1 Course from Option 4 RCP 410 Cardio/Pulmonary Diagnostics 3 RCP 715 Respiratory Therapy Practicum IV 7 PSY 111 Intro to Psychology Opt 4 3 PSY 102 Human & Work Relations Opt 4 3 SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology Opt 4 3 MGT 145 Human Relations in Business Opt 4 3 Term 6 RCP 800 Respiratory Therapy Mgmt & Ethics 3 RCP 720 Respiratory Therapy Practicum V 5 Total credits required to complete this program 79

3 Fixed Costs Tuition...$ per credit The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change. The Respiratory Therapy program utilizes a background check service, to conduct criminal background/abuse checks and to track immunizations, health records and CPR certification for each student after their acceptance into the program. Students are responsible for the cost of this service (approximately $58). Varied Costs Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6 Books (approximate) Supplies AARC Dues Clinical clothing (shirt/lab coat) Stethoscope 75 CPR course 50 ISRC Lung Conf. Registration* Hepatitis B Immunization 180 Assessment tests Personal Protective Equipment Practicum Documentation 60 * Out of Des Moines one of 2 years conference. Two nights in motel, 2.5 days food, and 230 miles round trip. Approximate total for the program: $14,026

4 What Kind of Work Will You Do? Administer therapies to improve or maintain respiratory and cardiovascular function. Monitor and maintain patients on life support systems. Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Work in conjunction with patients as well as physicians and other healthcare professionals. Perform diagnostic tests of lung and cardiac functions. Teach patients proper methods of breathing. Work with pulmonary patients in rehabilitation programs. Plan care to be provided to patients. Evaluate patient response to care. Provide care under assess-and-treat protocols. What Skills and Abilities Will You Need? Ability to organize tasks and work independently and efficiently. Good English oral and written communication skills. Good problem-solving skills, able to independently solve problems and make decisions. Good hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity. Ability to communicate patient information effectively. Maintain confidentiality of information. Spend much of the day on your feet. What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice? You will work some evenings, every other weekend, and half of the holidays. You must provide your own transportation to the clinical sites. Some clinical rotations will require evening shifts, while you are in school. You will be exposed to persons with communicable diseases. Should have above average reading and study skills. Average starting salary $40,000 ( Placement Report). Respiratory Therapy ( )

5 Iowa Core Performance Standards for Health Care Career Programs Iowa Community Colleges have developed the following Core Performance Standards for all applicants to Health Care Career Programs. These standards are based upon required abilities that are compatible with effective performance in healthcare careers. Applicants unable to meet the Core Performance Standards are responsible for discussing the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the designated institutional office. Before final admission into a health career program, applicants are responsible for providing medical and other documentation related to any disability and the appropriate accommodations needed to meet the Core Performance Standards. These materials must be submitted in accordance with the institution s ADA policy. Capability Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (Not All-Inclusive) Cognitive-Perception The ability to perceive events realistically, Identify changes in patient/client health status to think clearly and rationally and to function Handle multiple priorities in stressful situations appropriately in routine and stressful situations. Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations sound judgment. Develop plans of care Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues appropriately with individuals, families and Demonstrate high degree of patience groups from a variety of social, emotional, Manage a variety of patient/client expressions cultural and intellectual backgrounds. (anger, fear, hostility) in a calm manner Communication Communication abilities in English sufficient Read, understand, write and speak English competently for appropriate interaction with others in Explain treatment procedures verbal and written form. Initiate health teaching Document patient/client responses Validate responses/messages with others Mobility Ambulatory capability to sufficiently maintain The ability to propel wheelchairs, stretchers, etc., a center of gravity when met with an opposing alone or with assistance as available force as in lifting, supporting and/or transferring a patient/client. Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to Position patients/clients provide safe and effective care and Reach, manipulate and operate equipment, documentation. instruments and supplies Electronic documentation/keyboarding Lift, carry, push and pull Perform CPR Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and Hears monitor alarms, emergency signals, assess, or document health needs. auscultatory sounds, cries for help Hears telephone interactions/dictation Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and Observes patient/client responses assessment necessary in patient/client care, Discriminates color changes accurate color discrimination. Accurately reads measurement on patient/client-related equipment Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment, Performs palpation inclusive of size, shape, temperature and texture. Performs functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., insertion of a catheter Activity Tolerance The ability to tolerate lengthy periods of Move quickly and/or continuously physical activity. Tolerate long periods of standing and/or sitting Environmental Ability to tolerate environmental stressors. Adapt to rotating shifts Work with chemicals and detergents Tolerate exposure to fumes and odors Work in areas that are close and crowded Work in areas of potential physical violence Nondiscrimination Policy: Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have beendiscriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure (ES4645). Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost s office, the Academic Dean s office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For requests for accommodations, the Accommodation/Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at For Title IX questions and concerns, contact For all campus information, call or , extension 6200.

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