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Respiratory Therapy Technology - A.A.S. PDFDownload to print

College
Regional College
Campus(es)
Ashtabula
Department
Regional College
Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy Technology is offered at the Ashtabula Campus. Respiratory therapists work as members of a team of healthcare professionals working in a wide range of clinical settings to evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. With successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the certification and registry national board examinations to become a Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapist (CRT and RRT). Additionally, students are eligible to sit for the certification and registry national board examinations for pulmonary function testing to become a Certified and Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT and RPFT), and the Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS) examination.  Please refer to the program's website for additional information (www.ashtabula.kent.edu/rt).
 

Career Opportunities

Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to grow by 21% from 2008 to 2018. About 81 percent of jobs are in hospitals, mainly in departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine. Most of the remaining jobs are in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use, nursing care facilities, employment services, and home healthcare services (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). Additionally, with continued education Respiratory Therapists can become Physician Assistants, Anesthesia Assistants, or other healthcare practitioners.

Admission Requirements

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.70, college or high school biology, chemistry and take or test out of MATH 00023 or equivalent, and complete four (4) hours of job shadowing experience for admission to the program. Students interested in the program should apply directly to the Ashtabula Campus and meet with the program director. To schedule an appointment call 440-964-4231. Students interested in the respiratory therapy technology major, but do not meet admission criteria are admitted as pre-major students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 70 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 GPA in major and 2.000 cumulative GPA. Minimum grade of C (2.000) in all required courses, including RTT and related courses, general studies courses and prescribed developmental courses.
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of respiratory care principles, current theories, and practices required of advanced level respiratory therapists as defined by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

2. Exhibit, professionally and fluently, technical skills and procedures utilized in current practice by advanced level respiratory therapists.

Program Fee

$118 assessed during the spring and fall semesters.

Accreditation

The Kent State University Respiratory Therapy Technology Program, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Ashtabula, Ohio is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835.

Student Organizations

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Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences

 

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.

 

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (37 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  RTT 11000 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 2
    11003 Application and Mechanisms of Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3
    11004 Therapeutics 6
    11006 Introduction to Clinical Respiratory Therapy 3
    11008 Blood Gas Analysis 2
    21000 Critical Care    4
    21001 Mechanical Ventilation    5
    21003 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy 2
    21004 Advanced Diagnostics 3
    21005 Rehabilitation and Continuing Care 2
    21010 Respiratory Therapy Capstone 3
    21012 Basic Research Development and Analysis 2
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (32 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 11010
11020

20020
Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health (3)* and
Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health (3)*
or
Biological Structure and Function (5)*
5-6
    20021

30171
Basic Microbiology (3)
or
General Microbiology (4)
3-4
KBS CHEM 10050

10054

10060

10061
Fundamentals of Chemistry (3)
or
General and Elementary Organic Chemistry (5)
or
General Chemistry I (4)
or
General Chemistry II (4)
3-5
  HED

PTST
14020

10009
Medical Terminology
or
Medical Terminology
1
  PHY 12111

13001

13002

13011
13012
Physics for Health Technologies (3)
or
General College Physics I (4)
or
General College Physics II (4)
or
College Physics I (2) and
College Physics II (2)
3-4
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
  RTT 11001 Respiratory Care Pharmacology 2
    11002 Cardiopulmonary Diseases 3
Kent Core Composition 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3
   MINIMUM TOTAL  70

*Students who have successfully completed ATTR/EXSC 25057/25058 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II may use those courses in place of BSCI 20020 Biological Structure and Function or BSCI 11010/11020 Anatomy and Physiology in Allied Health I/II.

All courses required in Respiratory Therapy Technology require a minimum C (2.000) grade.