2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Respiratory Care

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

Program Requirements

Respiratory Care, AAS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • General Education Courses, Qualifying Courses, and Professional courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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.

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 - 76-77 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 A & P
2
Assessment & Gas Therapy
2
Assessment & Gas Therapy Lab
1
Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology
2
Respiratory Care Procedures
3
Respiratory Care Procedure Lab
2
Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiolog
2
Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics
2
Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Lab
1
RESP 184
Array
Clinical Practicum 1
2
Clinical Practicum 2
2
Adult Mechanical Ventilation
2
Adult Mechanical Vent Lab
2
Neo/Ped Respiratory Care
2
Neo/Ped Respiratory Care Lab
1
RESP 241
Array
Clinical Practicum 3
4
Clinical Practicum 3
3
RESP 299
Array

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