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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Respiratory Care

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Respiratory Care
Certificate of Achievement in Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Program
Lisa Gunn, Chair (530) 895-2423
Department Office: AHPS 215 (530) 873-7533
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Butte College Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835
The Respiratory Care program is designed to prepare students to become licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners in the state of California. In addition, the program prepares the successful graduate to participate in the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Respiratory care practitioners are highly skilled allied health professionals involved in the therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities that affect the cardiopulmonary system. They are employed in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, physician's offices, home health agencies, specialized care hospitals, medical equipment supply companies, diagnostic laboratories, and patients' homes. They may further specialize in such areas as adult critical care, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, pulmonary function testing, transport medicine, hyperbaric medicine, home care, management or education.

Graduates practicing in California are required to take a state licensure examination. *Note: A person convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation may not qualify to be licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in California. Questions regarding this should be directed to the Respiratory Care Program Director.

Career Opportunities
Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in Respiratory Care:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/0134200CA.html

Admission to the Program
Requirements for Admission: Age 17 years or older and all prerequisites completed (with a 'C' grade or better).

Prior to being officially admitted to the program students must pass a background check, drug screening, and physical exam, and verify their physical ability to perform the tasks required of a Respiratory Therapist.

Students are admitted by application only. Contact the Health Occupations office or visit www.butte.edu/healthoccupations for application dates and materials. Admission to the program is based on academic and general requirements. In the event that there are more qualified applicants than spaces in the program, a computerized lottery will be used to select the individuals to be enrolled.

Estimated expenses average about $4,500 - $5,000 for the entire program, including licensure. Financial aid may be available to qualified students.


To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Respiratory Care 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a solid professional and general medical knowledge base.
  • Accurately interpret pertinent clinical information from medical records and physical findings.
  • Recommend appropriate therapeutic interventions based on physiological data and patient assessment data.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and is proficient in the clinical skills required on the job.
  • Competently perform the therapeutic procedures and modalities, and diagnostic procedures required on the job.
  • Demonstrate efficient performance of an overall patient assessment.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and communication skills.
  • Exhibit ethical and professional manners, including timely and prepared entrance to clinic and contributing to a positive work environment.
  • Function effectively as a member of the health care team, accepts supervision and works effectively with supervisory personnel.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and responsibility for his/her own actions.
  • Display respect for beliefs and values of all persons regardless of cultural background, religion, age, or lifestyle.
Required courses for the major: 90.75 - 91.75 Units

Important Note: All courses, including major, prerequisites, General Education and Competencies, used to fulfill a requirement for this degree must be completed with a C grade or better.
Prerequisites for admission to the program
MATH 108 Beginning Algebra Has prerequisite(s)4
BIOL 21 Human Physiology Has prerequisite(s)4
Additional courses required for completion of the program
The following courses may be taken prior to or during the program: however, completing any of these courses prior to admission will significantly reduce the student's workload while in the program.
ENGL 2 Reading and Composition Has prerequisite(s)3
GE Requirement-Area C: 3 Units3
KIN Activity Courses: 2 courses2
Program Sequence
RT 120 Concepts in Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)7
RT 125 Introduction to Clinical Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
RT 128 Respiratory Care Pharmacology Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)3
RT 140 Fundamentals of Intensive Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)6
RT 142 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)3
RT 145 Advanced Respiratory Care Procedures Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
RT 155 Respiratory Care Practicum I Has prerequisite(s)2.25
RT 160 Respiratory Care Seminar II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)4
RT 165 Respiratory Care Practicum II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)8


Certificate of Achievement in Respiratory Care 90.75 - 91.75 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a solid professional and general medical knowledge base.
  • Accurately interpret pertinent clinical information from medical records and physical findings.
  • Recommend appropriate therapeutic interventions based on physiological data and patient assessment data.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and is proficient in the clinical skills required on the job.
  • Competently perform the therapeutic procedures and modalities, and diagnostic procedures required on the job.
  • Demonstrate efficient performance of an overall patient assessment.
  • Demonstrates effective oral and communication skills.
  • Exhibit ethical and professional manners, including timely and prepared entrance to clinic and contributing to a positive work environment.
  • Function effectively as a member of the health care team, accepts supervision and works effectively with supervisory personnel.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and responsibility for his/her own actions.
  • Display respect for beliefs and values of all persons regardless of cultural background, religion, age, or lifestyle.
Required courses for the certificate:
Important Note: All courses, including major, prerequisites, General Education and Competencies, used to fulfill a requirement for this degree must be completed with a C grade or better.
Prerequisites for admission to the program
MATH 108 Beginning Algebra Has prerequisite(s)4
BIOL 21 Human Physiology Has prerequisite(s)4
Additional course required for completion of the program
The following courses may be taken prior to or during the program: however, completing any of these courses prior to admission will significantly reduce the student's workload while in the program.
ENGL 2 Reading and Composition Has prerequisite(s)3
GE Requirement-Area C: 3 Units3
KIN Activity Courses: 2 courses2
Program Sequence
RT 120 Concepts in Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)7
RT 125 Introduction to Clinical Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
RT 128 Respiratory Care Pharmacology Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)3
RT 140 Fundamentals of Intensive Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)6
RT 142 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)3
RT 145 Advanced Respiratory Care Procedures Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
RT 155 Respiratory Care Practicum I Has prerequisite(s)2.25
RT 160 Respiratory Care Seminar II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)4
RT 165 Respiratory Care Practicum II Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)8

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