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Contact: Rhonda Patterson, Program Manager • • 301.846.2528 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Rhonda Patterson, Program Manager
301.846.2528

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration – Pre-Respiratory Care The Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration within the A.S. in Arts & Sciences – Pre-Respiratory Care pathway prepares students to apply for acceptance into the FCC Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree Program. Students may apply to the FCC Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree Program after successful completion of the selective admissions courses (first three semesters of this pathway), but acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.

This pathway prepares students to apply for acceptance into the Frederick Community College Respiratory Care program. Students may apply to the FCC Respiratory Care program after successful completion of the selective admissions courses (first three semesters of this pathway), but acceptance into the program is not guaranteed. Upon acceptance into the Respiratory Care program, students should begin the Respiratory Care Associate of Science degree pathway.

Students who are not accepted into the FCC Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree Program may complete this pathway to earn a Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration A.S. in Arts & Sciences degree. Students who intend to transfer should work with their advisor to understand the requirements of their chosen college or university. View our program brochure.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. 

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall) – Selective Admissions Courses

Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core MATH 120 Statistics or MATH 127 Statistics with Probability or Gen Ed Mathematics course of choice, taken as an elective   3/4 Credits
Concentration CHEM 101 General Chemistry I or BSCI 55 (non-credit developmental course) or BSCI 150 taken as an Elective 4 Credits
Gen Ed Core PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core COMM 105 Small Group Communication   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring) – Selective Admissions Courses

Gen Ed Core BSCI 201 Anatomy and Physiology I   4 Credits
Gen Ed Core SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology   3 Credits
Concentration NUTR 102 Nutrition in a Changing World or NUTR 200 Principles and Application of Nutrition or a 1-credit PHED/HLTH/NUTR of choice, taken as an elective   3 Credits
Concentration BSCI 223 Microbiology for Allied Health or BSCI 263 Elements of Microbiology   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer)

Gen Ed Core BSCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology II   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

Concentration EDPS 210 Human Growth & Development   3 Credits
Concentration ENGL 102 English Composition and Literature   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Gen Ed Elective   3 Credits
Concentration Elective (consult an advisor or ARTSYS for transfer)   3 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed   3 Credits
Concentration Electives (credits may vary, to meet minimum 60 credit requirement for degree)   11 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree The Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree Program prepares students to assume responsible positions as part of the healthcare team. The program focuses on the use of objective scientific data as well as theory to guide students to solve complex problems in the clinical setting. Students receive specialized education 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, students are 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.

View our program brochure.

The Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree Program at FCC is a selective admissions program. This pathway is for students who have been accepted into the program only. Students who have not yet been accepted into the program should begin the Pre-Health Professions Pre-Respiratory Care pathway and apply to the Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree Program after all selective admissions courses have been completed.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

Departmental Requirement BSCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology II (Prerequisite: BSCI 201)   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 100 Introduction to Respiratory Care   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 102 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 101 Gas Exchange Physiology   2 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

Departmental Requirement RESP 103 Pharmacology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 105 Cardiopulmonary & Renal Anatomy and Physiology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 107 Principles of Mechanical Ventilation   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 109 Clinical Practicum II   2 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer)

Departmental Requirement RESP 110 Clinical Practicum II   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement BSCI 223 Microbiology for Allied Health   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

PE/Health Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement 1 Credit
Departmental Requirement RESP 202 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 201 Cardiac Monitoring and Diagnostics   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 200 Pulmonary Diagnostics   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 203 Clinical Practicum III   2 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

Departmental Requirement RESP 204 Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 205 Professional Seminar   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 207 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Pathophysiology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement RESP 209 Clinical Practicum IV   2 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
This program has additional acceptance requirements. Please view the application process here.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust in the respiratory care profession and its professionals as identified by employer survey.
  • Recommend and perform procedures to maintain the airway, remove secretions, and assure ventilation and tissue oxygenation.
  • 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.
  • Promote disease prevention and wellness by educating patients on the proper use and care of respiratory equipment.
  • Identify educational opportunities to improve and maintain their professional competence and credentials.
  • Provide care without discrimination on any basis, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals.
  • Obtain the CRT and RRT professional credentials in order to practice respiratory care.
  • Participate as an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Frederick Medical Foundation Scholarship
  • Loats Foundation Scholarships
  • Respiratory Care Scholarship
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Healthcare & Wellness Career Training. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.

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