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2013-14 College Catalog

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Respiratory Care - A.A.S. Degree (Career)

Application Code 153

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Education Consortium

Frederick Community College Degree

At the Mt. Airy College Center for Health Care Education

The respiratory care area of study focuses on objective scientific data as well as theory to train students to solve complex problems in a clinical setting. Students receive specialized training in the following areas: diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventative care of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. This area of study includes coursework in the classroom as well as practical experiences in diverse clinical settings. Graduates will be qualified to take the entry-level and advanced practitioner board examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. This degree is offered to Howard Community College students through the Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Education Consortium. Students will typically complete most of the general education core and other courses related to the major at Howard and then matriculate to Frederick Community College to complete the Respiratory Care courses. Students participating in Consortium programs pay in-county rates at the institution(s) to which they matriculate.

General Education Core

Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3 credits

Humanities, Arts and Literature

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPCH-105Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

-or

SPCH-110Interpersonal Communication

3 credits

Social Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSYC-101General Psychology

3 credits

Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-107Fundamentals of Microbiology

4 credits

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH-122Ideas in Mathematics

3 credits

-or

-higher

Required Courses Related to Major

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

HEED/LFIT-Health or Life Fitness Elective

1-3

Courses offered at Frederick Community College

Course NumberTitleCredits
RC-100Introduction to Respiratory Care

2

RC-102Fundamentals of Respiratory Care

4

RC-103Pharmacology

3

RC-104Gas Exchange Physiology

2

RC-105Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology

3

RC-107Principles of Mechanical Ventilation

4

RC-109Clinical Practicum I

2

RC-110Clinical Practicum II

2

RC-202Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RC-203Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care

2

RC-204Cardiac Monitoring and Diagnostics

4

RC-205Professional Seminar

2

RC-206Pulmonary Diagnostics

2

RC-207Cardiopulmonary and Renal Pathophysiology

3

RC-208Clinical Practicum III

2

RC-209Clinical Practicum IV

2

A grade of “C” or better is required in each science and respiratory care course.

Students interested in pursuing a degree at HCC in addition to preparing for this area of study should see “Allied Health Programs” or “Mid-Maryland Allied Health Care Education Consortium” and also meet with an allied health advisor in the office of Admissions and Advising.

Total Credit Hours: 67-71