Health Science Department
Sierra Vista Campus
Nursing Building, 300
(800) 966-7943, Ext. 5309
Respiratory care provides a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic services to patients with heart and lung disorders. Respiratory therapists, also known as Respiratory Care Practitioners, are involved in the evaluation and monitoring of heart and lung function, as well as giving treatment, and provide …
Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy
The respiratory therapy program teaches practical skills with a hands-on experience through a combination of lectures, laboratories, and clinical assignments. Clinical sessions may be scheduled on weekdays, weeknights or weekends at hospitals and health agencies across Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. Lectures are provided on the Sierra Vista Campus, the Benson Center and online. Students provide their own transportation to lecture, lab and clinical assignments.
All listed pre-requisites must be completed prior to acceptance into the RTH program. It is strongly recommended that all general education courses are completed prior to entry into the RTH program. After completion of pre-requisites, the program will consist of four RTH semesters.
Upon completion of the program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to apply to the State Board of Respiratory Care in any state they choose and be licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Completion of the degree also allows the student to take the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam through the National Board for Respiratory Care allowing them to work as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Completion of the program does not guarantee passing the national board examinations.
Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. The increasing demand will come from substantial growth in the middle-aged and elderly population—a development that will heighten the incidence of cardiopulmonary disease. Growth in demand also will result from the expanding role of respiratory therapists in case management, disease prevention, emergency care, and the early detection of pulmonary disorders.
Older Americans suffer most from respiratory ailments and cardiopulmonary diseases, such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease. As the number of older persons increases, the need for respiratory therapists is expected to increase as well. In addition, advances in inhalable medications and in the treatment of lung transplant patients, heart attack and accident victims, and premature infants—many of whom depend on a ventilator during part of their treatment—will increase the demand for the services of respiratory care practitioners (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009).
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010
|Respiratory Therapy Program Cost:||*Approximate cost for program is $8,713.00(Arizona Residents)|
|Tuition 84 credits x $77/credit:||$6,468|
|Lab Fees (RTH 112/RTH 121/RTH 162/RTH 241/RTH 243/ RTH 251):||$ 250/300/250/250/250/300.00|
|Testing Fees:||$ 300|
|Liability Insurance:||$ 80 ($40 per school year)|
|Drug Screen Fee:||$ 65|
|ACLS/PALS Certification||$ 200|
Other costs: Approximate cost of RTH books for all four semesters is $1,200 – $1,500 (does not include general education books).
*All fees and costs are approximate, subject to change as approved by the Cochise College Governing Board
*Other program fees also apply. All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.
|Fall / Spring Semester|
|Composition I (ENG 101)||3 credits|
|Composition II (ENG 102)||3 credits|
|Introductory Biology for Allied Health (Bio 156)||4 credits|
|Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 160)||4 credits|
|Intermediate Algebra (MAT 123)||3 credits|
|Microbiology (BIO 205)||4 credits|
* Electives: PSY 101, PSY 103, PSY 218, PSY 230, PSY 240, SOC 101,
|1st Fall Semester|
|Intro to Respiratory Care (RTH 110)||4 credits|
|Respiratory Physiology (RTH 112)||4 credits|
|Basic Therapeutics in Respiratory Care (RTH 121)||4 credits|
|Basic Assessment and Monitoring (RTH123)||4 credits|
|2nd Spring Semester|
|Pharmacology for Respiratory Care (RHT 124)||3 credits|
|Principles of Mechanical Ventilation (RHT 162)||3 credits|
|Cardio Respiratory Disorders (RTH 246)||3 credits|
|Clinical Procedures 1 (RTH 235)||4 credits|
|3rd Fall Semester|
|Critical Care Therapeutics (RTH 241)||4 credits|
|Advanced Assessment for Monitoring (RTH 243)||4 credits|
|Clinical Procedures III (RTH 245)||5 credits|
|4th Spring Semester|
|Cardio Respiratory Disorders ll (RTH 256)||3 credits|
|Clinical Procedures lll (RTH 255)||5 credits|
|Advanced and Specialty Therapeutics (RTH 251)||5 credits|
|Clinical App. & Prof. Development (RTH 257)||1 credits|
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