Respiratory Care A.A.S.

Attention 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.
Program Competencies:
• 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.
Lehigh Carbon Community College equivalent courses to transfer:
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 105 College English I 3
ENG 111
or ENG 107

Writing in the Workplace

MAT 105
or MAT 125
or MAT 120
Intermediate Algebra 
Fundamentals of Math I 
Survey of Math
MAT 160
or MAT 150
College Algebra
Intro. to Prob. & Statistics
SOC 150
or PSY 140
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Psychology

PHI 201
or PHI 205

Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
BIO 163 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 164 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 220 Introduction to Microbiology 4
CIS 105 Introduction to Computers & Applications  3
Credit Total 33
*Fall Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
RES 150 Respiratory Care 1 5
RES 212 Pharmacology 2
*Spring Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
RES 200 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 2
RES 237 Respiratory Care II 8
*Summer Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
RES 237 Respiratory Care III 3
*Fall Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
RES 255 Respiratory Care IV 10
*Spring Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
RES 265 Respiratory Care V 12
Credit Total 42
*These classes are to be taken at Reading Area Community College upon acceptance into the clinical portion of the Respiratory Care Program.