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2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Respiratory Therapy, AAS

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Program Code: AASRP


The St. Clair County Community College, CoARC program #200635, Associate degree, in Port Huron holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

The Respiratory Therapy program is designed to train students for a career as a respiratory therapist. The Respiratory Therapy program requires a grade of “C” or better to successfully pass all program required courses as well as required pre-requisite courses. Upon successful completion of the It is a two-year course of study leading to the Associate in Applied Arts and Science (AAS) degree. Graduates are eligible for nationally recognized certification and registration through the National Board for Respiratory Care, and for licensure by the state of Michigan. The program curriculum is a balance of courses in the liberal arts and basic sciences as well as more specialized technical and clinical courses. Clinical, laboratory and classroom training is structured to provide comprehensive understanding of modern respiratory therapy techniques. Graduates are trained in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in all areas of the career field of respiratory therapy, including intensive critical-emergency care, general respiratory care, pulmonary rehabilitation, long-term care facilities, and home care.



When students complete this program, they will be able to:

  1. demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory therapy as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  2. possess entry-level skills to function as an essential part of the health care team within a variety of health care settings.
  3. demonstrate the competencies of Registered Respiratory Therapists, such as patient assessment skills and the use of equipment required to manage cardiopulmonary disorders, including CPR, life-support systems, therapeutic procedures, medication administration, and diagnostic tests.
  4. utilize effective verbal and written communication skills in relaying information to patients and other health care providers.


  • All prerequisites and general education requirements must have been completed with a “C” or better if student wishes to be considered in the applicant pool. Prerequisites of BIO 271 , MTH 1010  or MTH 1011  , ENG 100  or ENG 101  and HE 102  need to be completed prior to applying to the program.
  • Students must attend a respiratory information session. A student’s signature is required on sign in sheet at the session.


Suggested Course Sequence

Prerequisite to program admission - 13 credit/14 contact hours

Semester 3 - 6 Credit/12 Contact Hours

Semester 6 - 6 Credit/14 Contact Hours

77 Total Credit/123 Total Contact Hours

* or ENG 100  

** or MTH 1011 , MTH 1020 , or MTH 1120  or higher.

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