Respiratory Care A.A.S.
This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.
The Respiratory Care Associate Degree program, through an agreement with Reading Area Community College, is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).
In cooperation with Reading Area Community College
The associate degree program in Respiratory Care prepares the student to assume responsible positions as part of the health care team. The graduate will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Examination, administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (N.B.R.C.). Respiratory care students participate in various classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. The laboratory provides students the opportunity for hands-on experience in preparation for clinical practicum. The classroom courses give the student the foundational knowledge in Respiratory Care.
The student from Lehigh Carbon Community College who has successfully completed specific general education requirements at LCCC and specific program requirements at RACC may be granted admission to the Respiratory Care Program per stated selective admission requirements at Reading Area Community College. The student must see advisor or transfer counselor.
College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools. Reading Area Community College (RACC) will accept and grant credit for Lehigh Carbon Community College’s courses that are listed as equivalent if the student has completed the course with a grade of “C” or higher.
• Provide, under medical direction, treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation and care to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiorespiratory system.
• Administer the therapeutic use of the following: medical gases and administration apparatus, environmental control systems, humidification, aerosols, medications, ventilatory support, bronchopulmonary resuscitation and airway management.
• Demonstrate behavior consistent with acceptable professional conduct standards such as appearance, quality of work, quantity of work, continuing education, human relations skills, leadership skills, reading skills, writing skills and verbal communication skills.
*These classes are to be taken at Reading Area Community College upon acceptance into the clinical portion of the Respiratory Care Program.