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Respiratory Care

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Health Professions

Why Choose Respiratory Care?

The Respiratory Care field offers challenge and mobility. Working as a member of the health care team, you will participate in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the heart and lungs. You will be prepared to give patients both emergency and long-term life support in a continually changing environment.

The curriculum is designed to include a combination of theory, laboratory and clinical coursework. Among the areas of study are human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, pharmacology and mathematics. Other courses deal with therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the application of clinical practice guidelines, patient care outside of hospitals, cardiac pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory health promotion and disease prevention. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Students will have the opportunity to practice skills in a laboratory setting prior to clinical practicum experiences that will occur in a variety of health care settings. NOTE: The Ferris Respiratory Care Program has clinical internships in various semesters of the program and because of limited space, specific clinical site locations cannot be guaranteed. Travel and housing may be necessary to attend some clinical internship experiences.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Successful completion at the lower cut score level awards the graduate the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential and eligibility to apply for the Michigan State license. Successful completion of the TMC at the higher cut score level makes the graduate eligible to sit for the Clinical Simulation Examination for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include critical ventilatory management, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function testing, neonatal and pediatric respiratory care as well as home care. Prospects for the future are excellent. Growing attention to heart diseases and their cause, new developments in treating and preventing disease as well as an aging population promise to broaden the field and provide more job opportunities. The average annual salary for a fully licensed and credentialed Respiratory Therapist is $50,070.

Admission Requirements 

Students must be admitted to the University and must meet qualification requirement to apply for admission to the clinical sequence of respiratory courses. To become qualified, the student must earn and maintain a minimum college GPA of 2.5 and must complete designated pre-requisite coursework, earning a minimum grade of C in all math and science courses.

To assure students of a quality education in classroom/lab and clinical practice, enrollment is limited. Students who meet or will have met the program's qualification criteria by the end of Spring semester are required to apply to the program's professional sequence between January 15 and January 30 of the year prior to the August professional sequence entry. Admission will be based on the semester of qualification.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-associate.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Respiratory Care Program, the student must earn a "C" grade or better in each of the respiratory care courses and the CHP core courses, and must meet all the general education requirements for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Students may not progress in the program when a grade of less than "C" is earned in any respiratory course. Students may repeat one respiratory course. If the student interrupts progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations in laboratory and clinical placement sites.

More Information

College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2270 or
1-800-462-8553, ext. 2266

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Respiratory Care Major Requirements - 82/83 Credits

Core Curriculum Health Professions - 5 Credits
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
The U.S. Health Care System
3
Safety Issues in Health Care
1
Professional Sequense Courses - 44 Credits
Intro to Respiratory Care
1
Cardiopulmonary Anatomy-Phys
3
Pharmacology for Resp Care
3
Respiratory Procedures
3
Respiratory Procedures Lab
2
Respiratory Pathophysiology
3
Cardiorespiratory Diagnostics
3
Cardiorespiratory Diagnostics
2
Prin Mechanical Ventilation
2
Clinical Practicum Intro
2
Clinical Practicum 1
3
Adult Critical Care
2
Adult Critical Care Laboratory
2
Clinical Practicum 2
8
Care Neonatal-Pediatric Patien
3
Neonatal-Pediatric Patient Lab
2
Resp Credential Exam Review
2
Clinical Practicum 3
3

General Education Requirements

Communication Competence - 9 Credits
English 1
3
English 2
3
Choose One:
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Small Group Decision Making
3
Scientific Understanding - 3 Credits for Gen Ed;  9 Credits for Respiratory Care Program
Intro to General Chemistry
4
Human Anatomy-Physiology
5
Quantitative Skills - 3-4 Credits or Proficiency Required
Compas Algebra of 46
OR
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
4
Intermediate Algebra
3
Social Awareness - 3 Credits Required
Elective
Cultural Enrichment - 3 Credits
Elective
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