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Respiratory Care

Associate of Applied Science

Develop skills through classroom and clinical experience to become a respiratory therapist. 

Pima’s Respiratory Care program is accredited by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care [more].

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Apply to take the exam given by the National Board of Respiratory Care to become a certified respiratory therapist.  This degree also qualifies graduates to take the registered respiratory therapist exam.  Become licensed in Arizona. Work in hospitals, special-care facilities and other settings taking care of cardiopulmonary patients.

Academic Options: While this degree was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs.  See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements

Students must receive a C grade or better in all core courses to progress to the next semester.  Course substitutions are not accepted in the Respiratory Care program.

Preparatory Coursework

Students must have completed the following (with grades posted) before they may begin the application process

International students must score higher than 450 on the institutional TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language)
REA 112HP Critical Reading for Health Professions or REA 112 Critical Reading OR Accuplacer reading assessment score of 108 or higher 0-4
MAT 097 Intermediate Algebra or MAT 122 if taken before Fall 2016 or placement into MAT 151 or higher 0-4
CHM 130IN  [SUN# CHM 1130] OR Chemistry assessment score of 34 or higher 0-5

Within the last six years with a grade of C or better:
BIO 160IN Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology OR
BIO 201IH and 202IN [SUN# BIO 2202] OR 
BIO 156IN, 201IN [SUN# BIO 2201] and 202IN [SUN# BIO 2202

WRT 101 English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
Subtotal 7-28

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Humanities and Social Science Requirement 3
Subtotal 3

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
HCA 152 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 2
RTH 110 Introduction to Respiratory Care 4
RTH 112 Respiratory Physiology 4
RTH 121/121LB Basic Therapeutics in Respiratory Care 5
RTH 123/123LB Basic Assessment and Monitoring 4
RTH 124 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care 3
RTH 125LC Clinical Procedures I 1
RTH 135LC Clinical Procedures II 3
RTH 162 Principles of Mechanical Ventilation 3
RTH 241/241LB Critical Care Therapeutics 5
RTH 243/243LB Advanced Assessment and Monitoring 5
RTH 245LC Clinical Procedures III 4
RTH 246 Cardiorespiratory Disorders I 3
RTH 251/251LB Advanced and Specialty Therapeutics 5
RTH 255LC Clinical Procedures IV 4
RTH 256 Cardiorespiratory Disorders II 3
RTH 257LB Clinical Applications and Professional Development 1
Subtotal 59

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 205IN Microbiology [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101] 4
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 11
Total Credits as Displayed (not including preparatory coursework) 73
Total Credits as Displayed (including preparatory coursework)
* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required prerequisites courses: Communication - WRT 101, WRT 102; Analysis and Critical Thinking - MAT 097 (or assessment), BIO 160IN and 205IN; Humanities and Social Science - PSY 101 fulfills 4 credits in the Social Science category – select a Humanities course marked with a “C” (cultural diversity) or “G” (global awareness), or select a Leadership and Ethics course.