Respiratory Therapy

NOTE: The deadline to apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program for Fall, 2022 has been extended until all seats are filled. Please contact your advisor to determine eligibility. To apply, contact Health Sciences Admissions at hltscadm@email.pittcc.edu or 252-493-7473.

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.

The curriculum prepares graduates to operate within inter-professional teams and effectively communicate with clients/patients of various ages, ethnicities, and cultures. Application of problem solving strategies, applying ethical decision making, and understanding professional responsibilities are emphasized.

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 a variety of healthcare settings with responsibilities for assessment, treatment, management and education of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

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