Associate of Applied Science | 69 credits
Allied Health Division
Jordan Campus JHS 108E
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The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy will help students utilize critical thinking in the study of theory and techniques in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. Upon successful completion of the core program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry-Level Respiratory Care Practitioner Examination to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist, and the Advanced Level Respiratory Care Practitioner Examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.
Respiratory therapists are clinicians with specialized training to work with people suffering from pulmonary diseases. They work in hospital settings, including emergency rooms, intensive care units, and other units. They work in out-patient settings and home health providing treatment for asthma and other respiratory conditions. Respiratory therapists work with all age groups through the lifespan. They are involved in treatment as well as patient education.
This AAS degree will prepare students to sit for professional boards. To transfer into a Bachelor’s program (Weber State University), a student must complete additional general education course requirements. For additional program information, see School of HS website or this program’s advisor.
Program Entry Requirements
Applicants will apply for admission to SLCC and declare their major as Pre-Health Sciences. Students will schedule an appointment to meet with the Respiratory Therapy Academic Advisor. Students must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of specified program prerequisites courses with a grade of “C” or better.
- Complete the School of Health Sciences’ online application
- Have a GPA of 2.0 or above in all RESP prerequisite courses
Estimated Cost for Students
For estimated cost for tuition per semester go to http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Additional estimated cost of $4565 includes books, supplies, lab fees, board fees, and uniform.
Estimated Time to Completion
Once admitted into the program students are expected to take15 credits or more per semester (two academic years), based on full-time enrollment of 15 credits or more per semester; summers are not included. Additional time is required to complete prerequisites.
Specialized Program Accreditation
The Respiratory Therapy program at Salt Lake Community College, Program # 200630, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) West Jordon Campus 3491 West Wights Fort Road, West Jordon, Utah 84088 holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
|Program Student Learning Outcomes
||Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
8 - Develop lifelong wellness
|Utilize critical thinking skills in active and reflective reasoning that integrates facts, informed opinions, and observations to come up with action plans that are appropriately applied to respiratory therapy clinical settings.
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|Function within inter-professional teams and communicate effectively with diverse populations and utilize applicable problem-solving strategies.
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|Develop the knowledge and skills of core content with familiarity and understanding of respiratory care principles and develop sufficient scope and depth to achieve competence in all components of respiratory therapy practice.
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|Successfully complete the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry-Level Respiratory Care Practitioner Examination to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist and the Advanced Level Respiratory Care Practitioner Examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.
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