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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy ( RT )

Associate in Applied Science - A45720

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum offers career education for respiratory therapists, who specialize in the application of scientific knowledge and theory to clinical problems of Respiratory Care.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Upon completion of all required course work, the student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. To work as a respiratory therapy practitioner, graduates may then sit for credentialing examinations, which will allow them to be licensed in most states. (Licensure requirements vary by state.) This procedure is separate from Stanly Community College and the graduation process.

  • The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists. In these roles, individuals perform diagnostic testing, treatments, and management of patients with heart and lung diseases.
  • Students will master skills in patient assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include life support, drug administration, and monitoring and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings.
  • Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take Entry-Level and Advanced Practitioner examinations from the National Board of Respiratory Care.
  • Graduates may be employed in hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, and home care, as well educational and industrial institutions.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
1. Submit to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College a properly completed Application for Admission..

2. Submit to the Admissions Office at SCC an official copy of a high school transcript showing successful completion of all requirements for a diploma. A high school equivalency certificate indicating a passing score or an adult high school diploma is acceptable in lieu of a regular high school diploma. (This requirement must be completed before the first semester of enrollment.) An official transcript from each college, university, or other post-secondary institution attended by the applicant must be sent to the SCC Admissions Office.

3. Submit evidence of completion of high school or college general biology, chemistry, and algebra with a grade of “C” or better before entry into the program. These prerequisite courses are available through SCC’s College and Career Readiness program or through curriculum (college) classes. Students completing these courses through the College and Career Readiness program must score 85 or higher in order to receive credit. Applicants wishing to complete the above prerequisite courses at other institutions must receive prior approval from the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College.

4. Complete the placement test (ACCUPLACER). If test results indicate a need for developmental studies, developmental classes must be completed prior to enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy program. Applicants who have previously completed ENG 111 (Expository Writing) and MAT 140 (Survey of Mathematics) may be exempt from placement testing.  Applicants presenting ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER scores older than five years will be required to retest.

5. Required general education courses may be taken prior to acceptance in the Respiratory Therapy program.  Courses with the prefix BIO and MAT must have been successfully completed within the last 10 years.  Students receiving less than a C in any required general education courses taken prior to enrollment into the Respiratory Therapy program will be required to retake and successfully complete the courses.

6. For the applicant that has completed any college level courses taken with SCC prior to admission into the Respiratory Therapy program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required.

7. Submit to the Respiratory Therapy Program Director a properly completed medical form and vaccination record (supplied by the SCC Admissions Office) after acceptance to the program. The medical form is to be signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner and received in the Admissions Office by the due date specified on the applicant’s letter of acceptance. 

8. After acceptance to the program, submit to the Respiratory Therapy Program Director current CPR certification for healthcare providers that is either endorsed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Current CPR certification is required throughout the student’s attendance in the Respiratory Therapy program.

*Note: Admissions requirements are subject to change. Please contact the SCC Admissions Office for a current list of requirements for your intended year of entry.

BACKGROUND CHECKS/DRUG SCREENING
Applicants accepted for admission to health services programs at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check, drug screening, and possibly a finger print check after notification of acceptance and prior to participation in onsite clinical training. Based on the results of the checks, hospitals or clinical affiliates where the student will participate in on-site training may deny access to their facility, resulting in the student’s inability to complete the clinical portion of training. Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program. Students are responsible for paying all costs associated with this requirement.

ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE
The Respiratory Therapy program accepts a maximum of 24 students each year. Applications will be accepted from October 1  May 1 preceding fall semester of entry into the program.  Applicants are conditionally accepted based upon their completion of steps 1 through 6 of the admission requirements. The applicants will be ranked in order by the date applied and by their completion of these steps. The first 24 applicants who complete steps 1 through 6 before May 1st of the year they wish to enter the program will have a full acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program pending completion of steps 7 and 8. Applicants who apply to the Respiratory Therapy program after the 24 seats are filled will be placed on a backup list in the order in which they completed admission requirements 1 through 6. If any of the applicants who have been accepted to the program should forfeit their acceptance, those applicants on the backup list will be contacted in the order in which their names appear on the list and will be given an opportunity to enroll. If an applicant whose name appears on the backup list is not afforded an opportunity to begin classes during the year in which he or she has made application, that applicant will need to submit a new application in order to be considered for admission that following year. (Admission requirements may change from year to year for selected programs). 

Any applicant who forfeits his or her acceptance will not be guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent year. The applicant must reapply if he or she wished to be considered for acceptance at a later date.

CRITERIA FOR PROGRESSION
1. All courses (core/major, general education and other) required in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum must be taken and passed in sequence as offered in the curriculum. General education courses may be taken prior to acceptance in the program. Grading scales for Respiratory Therapy students are as follows: A = 93 – 100 Excellent; B = 92 – 86 Good; C = 78 – 85 Average; F = Below 78 Failure; SA = Satisfactory Passing; AU = Auditing. To progress in the Respiratory Therapy program, all students must make a grade of "C" or higher or “SA” in all courses within the Respiratory Therapy curriculum. If a student fails to successfully complete any RCP course (receiving a grade of “F”) or withdraws from any RCP course (receiving a grade of “W”) during the semester, the student will be withdrawn from all RCP courses during that semester, resulting in automatic dismissal from the program.

2. In the event that student’s physical or mental health interferes with the student’s academic and/or clinical performance, the Respiratory Therapy faculty may require the student to submit written verification of current health for an appropriate health care provider, i.e., physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, psychiatrists, or psychologist. Upon consultation with the Associate Vice-President, School of Health and Public Services/ Crutchfield Education Center and review of professional statement of health submitted by the student, the Executive Vice President of Educational Services will render a decision as to whether the student will be allowed to continue in the program. The Executive Vice President of Educational Services will notify the student in writing of the decision.

3. In the event that a student’s behavior is not consistent with the sound respiratory practices and/or safety essential to Respiratory Therapy, the instructors or the Associate Vice-President, School of Health and Public Services/ Crutchfield Education Center has the authority to remove the student immediately. Students so removed will be referred to the Executive Vice President of Educational Services for further investigation and/or possible dismissal from the Respiratory Therapy program.

4. Students should be aware that clinical affiliates require that students submit an acceptable criminal record check and/or drug screening prior to participation in a clinical component at that site. Students are responsible for paying any costs associated with meeting this clinical site requirement. Progression toward graduation may be jeopardized by any inability to complete the clinical portion of the Respiratory Therapy program.

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION

To be eligible for graduation a student must:
1. Complete all course requirements in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum, earning a grade of “C” or higher or “SA” in all Respiratory-related courses and an overall 2.00 grade point average.
2. Complete an Application for Graduation prior to set deadline for May graduation.
3. Pay a graduation fee at the time of registration for the last semester.
4. Earn at least one-fourth of the credits required for a degree, diploma, or certificate from SCC.
5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
6. Be present for graduation exercise. Graduation exercises are held on the dates published in the Academic Calendar. In cases of unavoidable circumstances, exceptions may be granted by the Executive Vice President of Educational Services. During graduation exercise candidates must be dressed in proper academic attire as determined by the President of the College.

WITHDRAWING FROM RCP CLASSES
Instructors will enforce the SCC withdrawal policy if a student: (1) requests withdrawal, or (2) has two consecutive weeks of absences, regardless of contact, or (3) is not meeting the requirements of the course. The student may withdraw or drop the course by the date as published in the Academic Calendar for each semester. Students will be assigned a “W” (Withdrawn) by the Records and Registration Office. 

Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the course during the last two weeks of the semester. Instructors who initiate drops during the last two weeks of the term must assign a grade to the student from the grading system as published in the SCC catalog. Final course grades will not be released to the student until the last day of the semester as scheduled per college calendar. If a student fails to successfully complete any RCP course (receiving a grade of “F”) or withdraws from any RCP course (receiving a grade of “W”) during the semester, the student will be withdrawn from all RCP courses during that semester, resulting in automatic dismissal from the program.

RE-ENTRY STATUS: For students who have been previously admitted to the Respiratory Therapy program but did not complete the program.

(This procedure also applies to applicants transferring from other Respiratory Therapy programs to SCC.)

1. Students desiring re-entry status for the Respiratory Therapy program must submit an application for admission to the SCC Admissions Office and satisfy all current admission requirements for the program. Students will be permitted to re-enter the Respiratory Therapy program no more than once. Students seeking readmission to the program must submit their application at least ninety days prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll. Those who completed at least one full semester in the Respiratory Therapy program will re-enter the program in the term immediately following the last term in which they successfully completed a RCP course.

2. Only those students whose cumulative GPA is 2.0 at the time of readmission will be considered. All core and general education courses listed in the semester(s) preceding the intended point of re-entry must be satisfactorily completed as outlined in the programs criteria for progression.

3. Before being fully accepted for re-entry status to the Respiratory Therapy program and providing space available in the program, applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of competency in all Respiratory Therapy (RCP) coursework previously completed. In order to determine the applicant’s degree of competency in these courses, all applicants for re-entry status must successfully complete competency testing in all Respiratory Therapy (RCP) courses completed up to but not including their last semester of enrollment in the program. Competency testing will involve a comprehensive assessment of all RCP course subject matter including skills labs and clinical components.

4. Applicants will be given one opportunity to successfully demonstrate competency after which they will either progress for re-entry status or be withdrawn from re-entry status consideration. (To insure ample time for competency testing, all applicants must contact the Respiratory Therapy program director and arrange for testing well in advance of the semester in which they intend to re-enter. All testing and competencies should be completed prior to curriculum registration of applicable semester in which he or she desires for re-entry status.)

5. After successfully completing competency testing and provided there is space available in the program, applicants for re-entry status to the Respiratory Therapy program will be admitted in the order in which their application was received in the admissions office.

6. Students seeking re-entry status to the Respiratory Therapy program will be given one opportunity to successfully complete the requirements for re-entry status unless the student is denied admission due to space limitations. In the event the student is denied re-entry status due to space limitations, he or she must submit another application for re-entry status and successfully complete competency testing in order to be considered for a subsequent year.

 
 

 

Contact: Judy Adrian

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