Respiratory Care

Career

Prepares students to assume responsible positions as part of the Health Care Team. Focuses on the use of objective scientific data as well as theory to train students to solve complex problems in the clinical setting. Students receive specialized training in the areas of diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventative care for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory Care students participate in various classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The laboratory experience provides the opportunity for hands on experience in preparation for clinical practice in diverse clinical settings. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all courses. Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (N.B.R.C.). The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; 817.283.2835.

 

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Rhonda Patterson
Program Manager
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Ann Geyer
Academic Office Manager
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Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PS 101–General Psychology 3
Arts & Humanities  
CMSP 105–Group Discussion ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 104–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 120–Microbiology for Allied Health 4
PE Elective 1
Other Requirements  
RC 100–Introduction to Respiratory Care 2
RC 102–Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 4
RC 103–Pharmacology 3
RC 104–Gas Exchange Physiology 2
RC 105–Cardiopulmonary & Renal Anatomy & Physiology 3
RC 107–Principles of Mechanical Ventilation 4
RC 109–Clinical Practicum I 2
RC 110–Clinical Practicum II  2
RC 202–Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RC 203–Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Home Care 2
RC 204–Cardiac Monitoring & Diagnostics 4
RC 205–Professional Seminar 2
RC 206–Pulmonary Diagnostics  2
RC 207–Cardiopulmonary & Renal Pathophysiology 3
RC 208–Clinical Practicum III 2
RC 209–Clinical Practicum IV 2
Total 67/68

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. CMSP 105 fulfills this requirement.
Frederick Community College’s Respiratory Care program trains students in diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventative care for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists may specialize in areas such as neonatal care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, pediatric ICU or adult critical care. While the majority of respiratory therapists work in hospitals, many work in physicians’ offices, home health agencies, and assisted living facilities.

The Respiratory Care program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and behavior expected of registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) in general careers within the field, and qualifies them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care’s entry level and advanced practitioner exams. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244. (817) 283-2835.

Click here to view CoARC’s Programmatic Outcomes Data page.

FCC offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Respiratory Care, a 21-month, 67/68 credit program (24 courses) with 900 hours of clinical experience.

Students participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The laboratory work provides the opportunity for hands-on experience in preparation for clinical practice in diverse clinical settings.

Clinical courses (courses with the RC designation) are offered exclusively at the Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education, which was developed in conjunction with Carroll Community College and Howard Community College. The center is located at 1902 Back Acre Circle, Mount Airy, Md. Students from all three colleges attend health care training programs at this facility at in-county tuition rates.

Clinical sites include Frederick Memorial Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Montgomery General Hospital, Saint Agnes Hospital, and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
To be included in the pool of applicants for admission to the clinical portion of the respiratory care program, a student must request consideration through the Allied Health and Wellness Department by June 1. In addition, you must:
  1. Complete all required developmental coursework prior to applying to the program
  2. Complete Anatomy & Physiology I (BI 103) with a ‘C’ or better prior to applying to the program
  3. Be in good academic standing (no academic alert, no academic probation)
  4. Have a GPA of at least 2.0
  5. Have all official transcripts from other colleges/universities sent to the Welcome Center by June 1
  6. Apply for admission to Frederick Community College
  7. Meet with the allied health advisor
  8. Points will be assigned only to those students who have returned the “Student Application for the Respiratory Care Clinical Class” and met the above criteria. The point value for non-clinical courses completed and residency are shown on the “Criteria for Admission to the Respiratory Care Program” sheet.
The students with the highest point total will be accepted conditionally into the clinical portion of the program and will be informed of their status by June 30.
 

Criteria for Admission to the Respiratory Care Program

 
Course Points
EN101 1
PS101 1
BI103  
2 points if passed first time course is taken, 1 point if passed second time course is taken, 0 points if passed on three or more attempts 2
BI104  
2 points if passed first time course is taken, 1 point if passed second time course is taken, 0 points if passed on three or more attempts 2
BI120 2
Gen Ed Math 2
Gen Ed Communications 1
PE/Health Elective 1
GPA: 3.0 or higher 1
Internship (observe a therapist) 1
*Residency – Frederick County, Carroll County or Howard County 1
TOTAL 15

*  Residents of Carroll and Howard Counties are awarded the same point for residency as Frederick County residents, as part of the Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Consortium Agreement.
Q: If I am already in a respiratory program, may I transfer into the FCC program?
A: No, not at this time.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: June 1st

Q: What is job shadowing and what is the procedure?
A: It is observing a professional respiratory therapist do the job. You should call a medical facility and ask them if they will allow you to observe a therapist. The facility may require immunization records before they allow you into the facility.

Q: What courses transfer from other colleges attended?
A:The transcript evaluator will review this after you apply to FCC and to the RC program.

Q: How many total points should I have on the point scale for the best chance for admission?
A: 13 points

Q: How many people apply to the program each year?
A: approximately 60

Q: How many people do you accept each year?
A: 25

Q: What courses should I complete to have the best chance for admission?
A: A&P 1, english 101, psychology 101, any credit math, any physical ed. or health ed, group discussion, microbiology BI 120,

Q: How much does it costs for the entire program?
A: depends if you are in county or out of county, in state or out of state

Q: What GPA is required?
A: Must have at least a 2.50 to be competitive.

The following technical standards are essential in order to meet the objectives of the Respiratory Care Program at Frederick Community College. With reasonable accommodations, the student must possess:
 

  1. Fine motor skills sufficient to perform skills such as picking up, grasping, manipulating small objects with hands, and writing with a pen or pencil.
  2. Physical mobility and strength sufficient to move about on a unit and participate in client care.
  3. Physical stamina sufficient to perform client care for entire length of clinical experience (6-8 hours).
  4. Auditory ability sufficient for assessment of client health and safety.
  5. Visual acuity sufficient to distinguish color and see objects up to 20 inches away.
  6. Reading ability sufficient to understand the written word at a minimum of a tenth grade level.
  7. Arithmetic competence that would allow the student to read and understand columns and/or writing, tell time, use measuring tools, and add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  8. Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility/accountability for actions, provide client with emotional support, adapt to environmental stress, and monitor own emotions.
  9. Analytical thinking sufficient to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, problem solve, prioritize tasks, and use long-term and short-term memory.
  10. Critical thinking ability sufficient to exercise sound judgment through the sequencing of information and the identification of cause and effect relationships.
  11. Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish rapport with clients and co-workers and respect the rights of others and the differences in clients.
  12. Communication skills sufficient to teach others, explain procedures, interact with others, and convey information in writing.



Adapted from: Yocum, C.J (1996). Validation study: Functional abilities for nursing practice. Published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust in the respiratory care profession and its professionals as identified by employer survey.
  2. Recommend and perform procedures to maintain the airway, remove secretions, and assure ventilation and tissue oxygenation.
  3. Perform a full physical assessment and provide safe respiratory care by modifying therapy or making recommendations for changes in therapy based on the patient’s response to their current therapeutic regimen.
  4. Promote disease prevention and wellness by educating patients on the proper use and care of respiratory equipment.
  5. Identify educational opportunities to improve and maintain their professional competence and credentials.
  6. Provide care without discrimination on any basis, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals.
  7. Obtain the CRT and RRT professional credentials in order to practice respiratory care.
  8. Participate as an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
In addition to the tuition and fees charged by the the college, students should plan on the following expenses to complete the program:
 
Stethoscope $70
Lab Coat $30
Scrub Top & Pants $40
Shoes $50
Wrist Watch $30
Books $1500
Travel (commuting to and from clinical sites costs may vary) $2000
CPR $65
Vaccinations $500
Exam Review $365
CRT Exam $200
Background Check $70
 


*These are only estimates and are subject to change. 
FCC offers a tuition payment plan for students who wish to spread payment over several months.  Scholarship and loan assistance is available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships and loans, the following scholarships are available to Respiratory Care students:
  • Frederick Medical Foundation Scholarship
  • Loats Foundation Scholarships
  • Respiratory Care Scholarship.

For complete scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid office.
Cinical courses (courses with the RC designation) are offered exclusively at the Mount Airy College Center for Healthcare Education, which was developed in conjunction with Carroll Community College and Howard Community College. The center is located at 1902 Back Acre Circle, Mount Airy, MD.  Students from all three colleges can attend the healthcare training programs at this facility at in-county tuition rates.

Additional Information on the Mount Airy College Center for Healthcare Education.
For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Respiratory Care, FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements with:
  • University of Baltimore – B.S. Health Systems Management,
  • University of Baltimore at Shady Grove – B.S. Health Systems Management, and
  • Towson University – B.T.P.S Allied Health.
 For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471.The Counseling & Advising office or Career & Transfer Center can also help students plan for transfer to Salisbury University’s Bachelor’s degree program in Respiratory Care, which is offered at the Universities at Shady Grove.