• Respiratory Care Curriculum

  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall 2019 admission. It is provided as an example to guide potential applicants on the admission process and application requirements which may be subject to change as program criteria can change for each new application year.

    Restricted Entry
    Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    *Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing Respiratory Care the page.

    Respiratory care is a discipline that uses scientific principles to carry out physician directed diagnosis and treatment of abnormal respiratory conditions. Respiratory care practitioners work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, research, education and medical equipment sales.

    The program combines basic science and modern respiratory care theory with clinical experience in local medical centers. Both campus and clinical learning focus on all areas of respiratory care, which includes adult, neonatal and pediatric, general and intensive care.

    The Respiratory Care program prepares the student for both local and national standards. Graduates are eligible to take the national entry level examination and the national advanced practitioner level examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Passing these examinations serves to fulfill state licensure testing requirements.

    The personal requirements necessary to succeed as a respiratory care practitioner include a general aptitude for the biological and physical sciences. The respiratory care practitioner is required to understand the physiology and pathology of circulation and respiration. Also required is the emotional maturity to deal with decision making in critical life and death situations.

    Graduates of this program are able to apply for entry into several Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care completion programs. Completion of the program and attainment of the appropriate national credential prepares the graduate for career opportunities in hospitals, clinics, sub-acute care facilities, transport and technical support agencies.

    Program Goal

    To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).


    The Mt. Hood Community College Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244. For more information, visit the website at coarc.com.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Collect and interpret clinical data accurately, relate theory to clinical practice and recommend appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in accordance with established clinical guidelines
    • Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures efficiently in accordance with appropriate standards of care, protocols, and clinical practice guidelines, will modify therapeutic procedures in response to the patient's condition, will efficiently use equipment and supplies and demonstrate thorough attention to safety
    • Communicate effectively with patients and members of the health care team and maintain appropriate records accurately and completely in accordance with healthcare agency standards and HIPAA regulations
    • Respect the beliefs and values of all persons, demonstrate self-direction and practice in an ethical and professional manner in accordance with established policies and procedures

    Applications packets are available on our website at www.mhcc.edu/RC. Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions, please e-mail: lradmissions@mhcc.edu.

    Four credits of a mathematics course (MTH065 or higher) must be transcripted before graduation. Please see page 22 of the printed catalog for more details about the general education requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree.

    All students admitted are required to participate in a background check, drug testing and completion of required immunizations prior to attending clinical rotations. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all RT courses and BI121, BI122 and BI234 in order to continue and complete the program.

    Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

    Note: It is strongly recommended that students complete BI121, BI122 and BI234 prior to admission into the program

    Note:A minimum grade of “C” is required in all biology and program courses.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings 2
    BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1 4
    RT111 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 6
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI122 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II1 4
    RT121 Respiratory Care Procedures 5
    RT122 Respiratory Care Procedures Lab 2
    RT131 Respiratory Diseases and Pharmacology 6
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    RT132 Pulmonary Assessment 4
    RT141 Mechanical Ventilation 5
    RT142 Mechanical Ventilation Lab 2
    RT150 Clinical Clerkship 1
    Health and Physical Education Requirement‡ 3
    Fourth Quarter (Summer - Optional)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI234 Microbiology1 4
    Fifth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    RT220 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 4
    RT251 Clinical Practice I 9
    Sixth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or PSY201 General Psychology2 3-4
    RT231 Cardiopulmonary Critical Care I 3
    RT252 Clinical Practice II 9
    Seventh Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    RT232 Cardiopulmonary Critical Care II 3
    RT253 Clinical Practice III 9
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking or
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
    COMM115 Intro to Intercultural Communications
    Total Credits 100-1013

    1It is strongly recommended that students complete BI121, BI122 and BI234 before beginning the program.
    2PSY101 or PSY201 may be taken before beginning the program, during either summer quarter or during the academic year.
    3 Total credits include general education requirements included in the pre-program requirements.