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RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM

Respiratory Care – A.S. Degree and Certificate of Achievement

Health Sciences and Athletics Division

The degree and certificate in respiratory care are awarded after successful completion of the advanced registry-level respiratory care program. The program is designed for students planning to become California licensed respiratory care practitioners and registered respiratory therapists. Completion of the requirements also allows students to apply for all state and national advanced specialty credentialing examinations.  Students will acquire the skills to provide a wide range of high technology and high-touch therapeutic interventions to patients in acute and chronic care settings.  Competencies are assessed through the use of classroom, laboratory, and clinical performance evaluations in simulated and actual patient care situations.  Program success is determined through examining  attrition rates, employmentrates, and licensure exam pass rates

El Camino Community College Major Requirements

Program Prerequisites: Anatomy 30, Computer Information Systems 13, English 1A, Psychology 5, Respiratory Care 172, 174

 Major Course Requirements:   Respiratory Care 176, 178, 280, 282, 286, 288, 289, 290, 294, 295, 298

Total Units: 48

Students without previous medical training are strongly advised to complete Respiratory Care 170. Students must complete all other non-respiratory coursework required for the associate of science degree in respiratory care.

 Certificate of Achievement

To be eligible for the Certificate of Achievement, the student must have an Associate in Science Degree in Respiratory Care from El Camino College. A Certificate of Achievement will be granted upon completion of the following course requirements.

 

Course Requirements: Respiratory Care 284, 291, 292, 293, 296, 297

Total Units: 26

 Students without previous medical training are strongly advised to complete Respiratory Care 170.

 General Information

Students without previous medical training are strongly advised to complete Respiratory Care 170.  Students must complete all other non-respiratory coursework required for the associate in science degree in respiratory care.  The program has three phases that require specific courses and sequence.

 Preclinical Phase

In the pre-clinical phase of the program the student takes all the non-clinical Respiratory Care courses which may include Respiratory Care 170. The student shall also complete, at a minimum, Respiratory Care 172 and 174, Anatomy 30, Computer Information Systems 13, English 1A and the associate degree mathematics competency. In addition, due to the rigorous schedule in the clinical phase, it is recommended the student complete all the other general education and science courses required for the associate of science degree. (See program director and counselor for specific coursework required for the degree in RC.)

 Admission to the Clinical Phase

Admission to the clinical phase of the program is limited by clinical space and budget considerations. In order to gain admittance to the clinical phase of the program, the student must complete the preclinical phase with a minimum grade of C in all courses. The student must also submit a program application and completed physical exam form with the required lab tests and readiness for clinical duties certified by an appropriate health care professional. Students must also undergo criminal background checks online and via livescan with conviction free results in order to work in the health care industry providing patient care. Students may submit completed applications when all the required preclinical coursework is completed. Applications are accepted by the program director up to the last day of the spring semester and students are randomly assigned seats in the next clinical class based on verification of all required coursework and available space. A new clinical class starts in the summer semester each year.

 Initial-Clinical Associate Degree Phase

In the clinical phase of the program the student takes all the combined Respiratory Care science classroom and clinical courses required to receive the Respiratory Care program certificate which, at a minimum, includes Respiratory Care RC-176, 288, 295, 178, 282, 289, 298, 280, 286, 290 & 294. In addition, the student must complete all other courses required for the associate of science degree in respiratory care if they have not been completed in the preclinical phase. This phase always starts with the admission to RC-176 in the summer semester of any given year. The phase ends at the end of the spring semester of the following year with the awarding of the associate degree in respiratory care.

 

Final-Clinical Certificate of Compeletion Phase

Two semesters of additional classroom/clinical advanced coursework required for the certificate of completion from the advanced registry-level RC program. The courses in this phase are RC-284,293,291,292,296 & 297. This phase of two semesters follows the associate degree phase in the summer and fall of any given year. The phase ends at the end of the fall semester with the awarding of the certificate of completion in respiratory care.

Cost

In addition to any fees or charges imposed by the college, it is estimated that the cost of books, lab costs, stethoscopes and miscellaneous supplies is approximately thirty-five hundred dollars over a two-year period. Financial assistance is available to students who meet the eligibility requirements.

 Admission Requirements and Length of Program

For the high school graduate with a C average or better in science and math, the program will take 2 1/2 years to complete, including all prerequisites. A student is formally accepted into the clinical phase of the program after satisfactory completion of prerequisites, general education courses and introductory respiratory care science courses.

 Procedure for Admission

The student should apply for a reservation to register at El Camino College. An appointment with a Health Science counselor should be made so that the matriculation process can be completed. Students wishing to take advanced college work after graduation may choose a specific general education track. All respiratory care science and clinical courses must be taken and completed with at least a C or better.


Contact Information

  • Division Office: 310.660.3593x3545
  • Postal address :  16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
    Torrance, CA. 90506
  • Electronic mail: rmekaru@elcamino.edu


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2010-2011 On-time Completion Rates and Estimated Cost of Program

2010-2011 On-time Completion Rates and Estimated Cost of Program (Compton)

2009-2010 On-time Completion Rates and Estimated Cost of Program

2009-2010 On-time Completion Rates and Estimated Cost of Program (Compton)

 Last Published 2/24/14