AAS, Respiratory Therapy

Our Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree curriculum* with a Respiratory Therapy concentration is designed to train you in the growing field of respiratory care. As a student in this advance-practice (74 credit hours) program, you will receive the training you need to work as a respiratory therapist in hospitals, home care, and other health care environments. 

Your training will prepare you to provide specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in areas such as pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas analysis, medical gas administration, humidity and aerosol therapy, airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and ventilatory support of neonatal/pediatric and adult populations.

Our advanced-practice, Respiratory Therapy program holds Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com) and comprises six (6) semesters of course work. Graduates of this AAS degree program are eligible to take the registry examination prepared by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T.).

Empowered to Succeed

To adhere to an “outcomes based” process mandated by CoARC for accreditation, as a graduate of our AAS in Respiratory Therapy degree program*, you will be prepared to demonstrate the following Cognitive, Psychomotor, and Affective skills:

COGNITIVE: Comprehend, apply, evaluate, and recommend didactic, laboratory and clinical information relevant to your role as respiratory therapists—integrating your general education skills within your respiratory care skills.

PSYCHOMOTOR: Effectively and efficiently perform the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures required to fulfill your role as respiratory therapists in hospitals, home care, and other medical care environments.

AFFECTIVE: Demonstrate the ethical, communication and professional behavior consistent with employer expectations

*The general education core for this degree complies with guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, applicants interested in this rigorous major must meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): A (GPA) of 2.80 in the following prerequisite courses: AHP 110, AHP 113, BIO 108, BIO 120, BIO 208, ENG 160, ENG 162, CHM 115, MAT 110, and PSY 101.
  • Mandatory Criminal Background Check: Students who have any concerns about the required background check for this program are encouraged to speak with program faculty in the Respiratory Therapy Department before applying for admission. In compliance with standards set forth by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and the Health Care Worker Background Check Act, an Illinois state law, individuals providing health care at hospital/clinical settings must submit a certified fingerprint background check. That policy applies to respiratory therapy students getting their clinical training at clinical settings; therefore, prospective respiratory therapy students at SAC must be aware of this requirement before registering in either Pre-respiratory courses or Respiratory courses. A prospective respiratory therapy student must be aware that any prior felony conviction, or misdemeanor in their record may impact their ability to provide patient care in the clinical courses, and that the college is required to submit the students’ background check results to our clinical affiliates.

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