Overview

Cincinnati State offers a comprehensive program in Respiratory Care Technology. Students develop a wide range of clinical skills in traditional and nontraditional roles and gain proficiency in all areas of respiratory care, such as bedside pulmonary care, life-support systems management, diagnostic testing, pulmonary rehabilitation, and long-term care. Students practice these skills with a variety of health care professionals in the diagnosis, treatment, and education of the patient.

Program graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care exam required to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Accreditation

The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas, 76021. Phone: (817) 282-2835. Website: www.coarc.com. Program No: 200260

Credentialing: Program graduates may apply to take the credentialing exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Program Outcomes: Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3-year time period being reported
  • CRT and RRT credentialing success
  • achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam
  • retention
  • job placement
  • overall graduate and employer satisfaction
  • on-time graduation rate
  • total number of program enrollees
  • total number of program graduates
  • maximum annual enrollment

To view outcomes data, go to https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx and scroll to the links to program outcomes. Cincinnati State is Program No. 200260.

Contacts

Program Chair

Director of Clinical Education

Emily Clem
MS, RRT

Instructor

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Take the National Board for Respiratory Care exam to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist

Graduate Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment opportunities for respiratory therapists will increase about 19 percent through 2022.

$37,500 to $41,500 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Christ Hospital
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • Mercy Health Partners
  • University Health
  • Tri-Health
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid

Curriculum

Progression

Learn about the Health & Public Safety Selective Admission (Progression) process

Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Respiratory Care Technology (RC)

Prior to applying for selective enrollment into the Respiratory Care program, applicants must meet these requirements: completed high school or college biology, chemistry and physics within the last 6 years with a C or better; 2.75 overall GPA for at least 12 credit hours earned from the most recent qualifying institution; and eligible to take MAT 131 and ENG 101.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 3 2 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
RT 100 Introduction to Respiratory Care ( B) 1 0 1
RT 101 Respiratory Care Science 1 ( T) 3 2 4
RT 172 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology ( B) 3 2 4
Semester 2
RT 102 Respiratory Care Science 2 ( T) 3 2 4
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
BIO 220 Microbiology ( B) 2 3 3
RT 173 Cardiopulmonary Disease ( T) 3 2 4
RT 111 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice 1 ( T) 1 8 2
Semester 3
RT 112 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice 2 ( T) 1 16 2
RT 103 Mechanical Ventilation ( T) 3 2 4
MAT 131 Statistics 1 ( G) 2 2 3
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 4
BIO 240 Pathophysiology ( B) 3 0 3
RT 211 Respiratory Clinical Practice 3 ( T) 1 16 2
RT 201 Advanced Respiratory Critical Care ( T) 3 0 3
RT 202 Specialties in Respiratory Care ( T) 2 0 2
Semester 5
RT 203 Respiratory Care Seminar ( T) 1 2 2
RT 204 Respiratory Care Capstone ( T) 0 2 1
RT 212 Respiratory Clinical Practice 4 ( T) 1 16 2
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Total Credits: 49 79 64

Electives

First Year Experience Elective 1
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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