Respiratory Therapy

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The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists through demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice. Graduates perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with exposure to current and emerging practice settings.

Graduates will be prepared to operate within inter-professional teams and effectively communicate with clients/patients of various ages, ethnicities, and cultures. The curriculum helps students to understand their professional responsibilities and how to apply problem-solving strategies and ethical decision-making.

Graduates are eligible to complete the credentialing process through the National Board for Respiratory Care, which will qualify them for a license to practice in various healthcare settings with responsibilities for assessment, treatment, management, and education of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Pitt Community College has an articulation agreement with UNC-Wilmington allowing students who complete the AAS Degree in Respiratory Therapy and obtain the RRT credential to enter UNC-Wilmington’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Advancement Program. This degree is 100% online and can be completed in as little as 12 months. Graduates of the program are eligible to work in education, management, research, and advanced clinical practice. Admission to the program is competitive, and completing an application does not guarantee admission to the program.

For more information, contact William Sugg at wesugg121@my.pittcc.edu or 252-493-7379.

Skilled Nursing Facilities
Rehabilitation Centers
Physicians’ Offices
Patients’ Homes
Medical Equipment Supply Companies
Educational Institutions
Disease Management/Patient Education

Introduction to Respiratory Care
Therapeutics and Diagnostics
Patient Management
RCP Pharmacology
Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
Special Practice Labs
RCP Clinical Practice I, II, III, IV, and V
Critical Care Concepts
Advanced Monitoring/Procedures
Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care
Career Preparation

Students will demonstrate the ability to relate respiratory care knowledge to adult and pediatric clinical practice.
Students will demonstrate proficiency in selecting and performing adult and pediatric respiratory care skills.
Students will demonstrate team work and communicate effectively in a healthcare setting.
Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Students will demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with employer expectations.
Students will prepare for the CRT and RRT credentialing exams.

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy