The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Respiratory
Care Program Policies and Procedures effective for the academic year 2017-2018. It
is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes.
The Respiratory Care Program is offered at the Downtown Campus of the college, located
near the heart of the Louisville Medical Center Campus. It is a 67-70 credit hour
collegiate program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and prepares
the student to assume the responsibilities of a respiratory therapist within health
care facilities and elsewhere. The curriculum may include course work in the supporting
sciences, general education areas and the core program requirements. Interested students
should contact the Respiratory Care Program Director for additional information.
Because faculty spend the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of
contact is via email.
- Mary Beth Keffer
- Kyle Mahan
- Allied Health Secretary
- Program Web Site:
- College Web Site:
- Mailing Address:
Respiratory Care Program/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Attn: Mary Beth Keffer
109 E. Broadway HSB477
Louisville, KY 40202
Admission Policies and Procedures:
- A. College Admission
- The student must first apply to the college. This can be done on-line or in-person
on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center.
- Admission to the College does not imply admission to the Respiratory Care Program.
An Admissions Application may be found on the college website.
- B. Selective Admission:
- The Respiratory Care Program is a Selective Admissions Program which means not every
student in the applicant pool may be accepted. Admission to the Respiratory Care Program
is competitive and enrollment in the program is limited because of available faculty,
financial, and/or clinical resources at the college or health care facilities. Student
selection is made by the President of the College or the President’s designee after
considering the recommendations of the Selective Admissions Committee.
- Preference may be given to applicants who are veterans, active duty personnel, their
spouses and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.
- Students are selected each spring semester of the academic year for admission into
the program starting in the fall semester of the same year. The Respiratory Care Program
admits twenty (20) students each fall semester.
- Students will be notified via mail by June 1st of the application year regarding their
- C. Technical Standards:
- The Respiratory Care Program is a two-year collegiate program designed for those who
wish to earn an Associate Degree and prepare to assume the responsibilities of a Respiratory
Therapist in health care agencies. The program includes a general education core curriculum
as well as respiratory care courses, labs, and clinical practice in affiliated hospitals.
The Respiratory Care Program prepares the graduate to play an active role in the restoration
and/or maintenance of cardiopulmonary homeostasis. The role of the respiratory therapist
includes the assessment of patient cardiopulmonary system, administration of medical
gases, aerosol therapy, chest physiotherapy, breathing retraining, and measures for
periodic lung expansion. The Graduate Therapist is also able to assume a leadership
role (under medical supervision) in the management of artificial airways, continuous
mechanical ventilation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Further, he/she is prepared to perform adjunct laboratory procedures such as obtaining
and analyzing arterial blood gases and other clinical laboratory data and measuring
- Upon completion of the Respiratory Care Program, the graduate is eligible for the
national examination process. Please refer to the National Board for Respiratory Care
(NBRC) website for details on the examination process and the procedures for scheduling
an examination. (www.nbrc.org)
Minimum Requirements Established by the Senate Rules for admission into the Applicant
Graduates of an approved high school or those holding a G.E.D. diploma are eligible
to apply. All applicants must have completed 12 college credit hours with a cumulative
grade point above 2.0.
Application Process and Deadlines:
The Application process begins by: August 15th of the current academic year.
- Attending a Respiratory Care Pre-Admission Conference. Applications to the program are distributed at the Pre-Admission Conferences.
- Submitting to the Respiratory program college transcripts from colleges attended including
their current Jefferson Community and Technical College transcript. The transcripts
provided to the Respiratory Care program may be copies.
- Submit to the Respiratory program any scores from the American College Test: (ACT,
CPP ASSET or COMPASS scores) Many times an ACT score can be found on the high school
transcript. Please high light the scores with a yellow marker. Copies are acceptable.
- If you are not a currently enrolled Jefferson Community and Technical College student
you will need to fill out and submit a college application to the Admissions office.
All students should check with the admissions office or the People Soft Database to
determine if they have been “term activated”. Only students that are “term activated”
have access to registration and enrollment.
- If official transcripts have been received by the Jefferson Community and Technical
College admissions office and a student has received a transcript evaluation, the
student DOES NOT have to repeat this process. It is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to assure transcripts are on file with the Admissions office.
- If a student has completed the ACT exam and does not have the results they may go
to www.act.org and request a copy of the scores. Results of COMPASS placement exams
taken through KCTCS are not required for admission but may be used when ACT scores
- ALL REQUIRED information must be available to the selective admissions committee by midnight March
31st of the year you wish to enroll in the Respiratory Care Program.
Selection Process and Deadlines:
The selection process is based on: The selection process is based on a points system that evaluates a student’s academic
performance. Academic performance will earn points according to the following point
Post Admission Requirements and Deadlines:
- Health disabilities may impair a student’s ability to achieve required competencies.
The respiratory therapist specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and
theory to practical clinical problems of respiratory care as outlined in a description
of the occupation found in the guidelines and essentials of the accredited education
program for the respiratory therapist. Therefore, in order to be successful in the
program candidates must possess:
- Sufficient tactile and visual acuity, such as is needed in the accurate monitoring
of life support systems and for the observation necessary for patient assessment.
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members
of the health care team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring
devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, inhalators and fire alarms, etc.
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement
respiratory therapy skills including the manipulation of equipment to meet health
- Sufficient communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and written) to interact with
individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively.
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement respiratory
- Applicants who records indicate weakness in areas of English, Mathematics, Science
or Reading Comprehension will be counseled into developmental courses and/or general
education courses prior to reconsideration for admission to the Program.
- Applicants who were advised by the Admission Committee to enroll in developmental
and/or general studies should reapply to the program by April 1st. a. The applicant
should submit evidence that completion of the developmental course work indicates
that there is reasonable potential for success in the program.
- Applicants wishing to apply for advance standing (e.g., via the Vocational Education
C.C.S. articulation agreement, NBRC Certification) should request additional information.
- A student who withdraws from or earns lower than a grade of “C” in a respiratory therapist
course will be dropped from the Associate Degree Respiratory Therapist Program.
- At the time of withdrawal/drop from the Respiratory Care Program, the student must
meet with the program director to complete an “Attrition/Re-Admission Plan”.
- Application for re-admission should be made prior to April 1.
- Re-admission to the Respiratory Care Program will be dependent on available resources.
- In order to be considered for re-admission by the Respiratory Care Admissions Committee,
the applicant must:
- Submit a written request to the program director.
- Submit the completed “Attrition/Re-Admission Plan” with appropriate documentation.
- Meet current admissions guidelines.
- If more than two years have lapsed since initial enrollment in the program, the applicant
must repeat the Respiratory Therapy courses.
RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS
A student that has not completed all general education and science support courses
may take them concurrently with the Respiratory Care Core courses. However, a student
taking general education and science support courses should note the pre-requisites
for the Respiratory Care courses below. In addition, the student should be aware that
the actual classroom/lab/clinical contact hours exceed the credit hours listed. A
student attempting general education and or science support courses along with the
Respiratory Care core courses may find themselves attending full time days and part-time
RCP COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
- RCP 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
- 3 credits
- The anatomy and physiology of the respiratory and circulator systems are explored
in detail. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of systems in gas exchange and acid-base
balance. The structure and function of the chest cage, mechanics of breathing and
control of respiration are also included.
- Lecture 3 hrs/week.
- Prerequisites: BIO 137 with a grade of C or higher.
- Co-Requisite BIO 137
- RCP 120 Theory and Principles of Respiratory Care
- 4 credits
- Principles and techniques of therapeutic procedures used in respiratory care are covered.
Included are: the safe handling and administration of medical gases; use of humidity
and aerosol therapy; providing lung inflation and bronchial hygiene therapy; and airway
care. The indication, contraindications and physiologic effects of each therapy are
presented with an emphasis on safety and appropriateness of care.
- Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 4 hours/week
- Prerequisites: BIO 137 and MT 110 with a grade of C or higher.
- CoRequisite: BIO 137 and MT 110
- RCP 125 Cardiopulmonary Evaluation
- 4 credits
- Cardiopulmonary assessment is addressed. Topics include invasive and noninvasive blood
gas analysis and interpretation, pulmonary function studies, basic laboratory data
interpretation, electrocardiography and assessment of neck and chest imaging.
- Lecture 3 hours/ Laboratory 4 hours/week.
- Pre-requisite: RCP 110, BIO 137 and MT 110, MT 145 or MT 150 with a grade of C or
- Co-requisite: RCP 110
- RCP 150 Clinical Practice I
- 2 credits Provides an opportunity for observation and/or performance of techniques
for chest physical assessment, medical gas administration, humidity and aerosol therapy,
and bronchial hygiene in the assigned clinical setting.
- Co-requisites: RCP 120 with a grade of C or higher, Valid CPR Card
- HST 122 Clinical Pathophysiology
- 3 credits Explores an introduction to the nature of disease and its effects on body
systems. Provides a study of pathology and general health management of diseases and
injuries across the lifespan. Includes topics of etiology, symptoms, physical and
psychological reactions to diseases and injuries.
- Lecture 3 hours/week
- Pre-requisites: BIO 137 or BIO 135
- HST 121 Pharmacology
- 2 credits
- Introduces students to the basics of pharmacology/pharmacokinetics, include terms
used to describe various effects and reactions from drug usage. Will also introduce
metric system and basic dosage calculations common to most fields of study within
allied health and nursing.
- Lecture 2 hour/week
- RCP 175 Clinical Practice 2
- 3 credits Students will participate in the health care team while practicing techniques
of respiratory care including airway management and bronchial hygiene in the assigned
- Laboratory 12 hours/week
- Pre-Requisites: RCP 150 with a grade of C or better.
- RCP 180 Ventilatory Support
- 3 credits
- The technological and physiological aspects of mechanical ventilation including the
theory of operation, classification and management of the patient ventilator system
- Lecture 2 hours / Laboratory 4 hours/week
- Pre-Requisites: RCP 120 and RCP 150 with a grade of C or better
- RCP 190 Advanced Ventilatory Support
- 2 credits Advanced concepts in ventilatory support, including monitoring and management
of the patient ventilator system are addressed. Lecture 1.5 hrs. /Laboratory 2 hrs.
/week. Pre-requisites: RCP 175 with a grade of C or better
- RCP 200 Clinical Practice III
- 3 credits
- Students will practice adult mechanical ventilation procedures and airway management
in the critical care setting while continuing to perform other respiratory care skills.
Laboratory 12 hrs/week. Pre-requisites: RCP 175 with a grade of C or better.
- RCP 204 Emergency & Special Procedures
- 3 credits
- Prepare student to participate in advanced emergency life support and special procedures.
Lecture 2.5 hrs/Laboratory 2 hrs/week. Pre-requisites RCP 130 and BIO 139 with a grade
of C or better. Co-requisites: RCP 130 and BIO 139.
- RCP 212 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care
- 3 credits Special needs of neonatal and pediatric patients are addressed. Fetal cardiopulmonary
development and changes at birth are covered. Equipment, procedures, and methods used
in care and evaluation of neonatal and pediatric patients are also covered. Cardiopulmonary
conditions and diseases particular to neonates are discussed. Lecture 2.5 hrs/Laboratory
2 hrs/week Pre-requisites: RCP 110 and RCP 190 with a grade of C or better. Co-requisites:
- RCP 214 Advanced Diagnostic Procedures
- 3 credits Prepares students to assist physician in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic
procedures. Lecture 1.5 hrs/Laboratory 2 hrs/week Pre-requisites: RCP 110 with a grade
of C or better
- RCP 225 Clinical Practice 4
- 3 credits
- Students will observe and practice advanced cardiopulmonary evaluation techniques
while improving efficiency in the ventilatory management of adult patients. Students
may also practice pediatric and neonatal mechanical ventilation techniques in the
- Laboratory 12 hours/week
- Pre-requisites: RCP 200 with a grade of C or better.
- RCP 228 Preventive and Long-Term Respiratory Care
- 2 credits
- Prevention of cardiopulmonary disorders and care of individuals with long term cardiopulmonary
disability are covered including psychosocial and physical needs. Emphasis is on improving
the quality of life and cardiopulmonary reserve. Special respiratory care needs of
diverse client populations in a variety of settings are covered.
- Lecture 2 hr/week.
- Pre-requisites: RCP 110 with a C or better.
- RCP 250 Clinical Practice 5
- 3 credits
- Emphasis is on preparing the student to participate in efficient planning, managing
and delivering respiratory care to diverse client populations.
- Laboratory 12 hours/week.
- Pre-requisites: RCP 225 with a grade of C or better.
- Co-requisites: RCP 225
General Education and Science Course work
||Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
||Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
||College Algebra OR MAT 110 Applied Mathematics OR MAT 145 Contemporary College Math
||Introduction to Interpersonal Communications OR COM 181 Basic Public Speaking
||General Psychology OR (3) PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology OR (4) SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
||Introduction to Health Care (3) OR GE101
*A student must demonstrate Computer Literacy Skills or enroll in a Computer Course.
CIS 100 or CIS 110 or OS 105
Core Course work
||Health Care Basic Skills I
||Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
||Theory and Principles of Respiratory Care
||Cardiopulmonary Evaluation *
||Clinical Practice 2
||Advanced Ventilatory Support
||Clinical Practice 3
||Emergency and Special Procedures
||Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care
||Advanced Diagnostic Procedures
||Clinical Practice 4
||Preventive and Long-Term Respiratory Care
||Clinical Practice 5
- * RCP 125 Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring Technician Certificate Option
A student may elect to participate in the Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring
Technician Certificate Option while enrolled in or upon the completion of RCP 125.
EKG Certificate Requirements:
||Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
||Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
||College Algebra OR MAT 110 Applied Mathematics (3) OR MAT 145 Contemporary College Math (3)
||Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
||Clinical Practice 1 (2) OR HST 101 Basic Skills 1 (3)
||In addition Twenty (20) hours of documented clinical electrocardiographic experience
or documented Electrocardiographic & Cardiac Monitoring Competence is required. All
Courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
EXAMPLE OF POSSIBLE COURSE SEQUENCE
||MAT 110 Applied Mathematics (formerly MAH 151) OR MAT 150 College Algebra OR MAT 145 Contemporary College math
||BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (formerly BSL 110)
||RCP 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
||RCP 120 Theory and Principles of Respiratory Care
||HST 101 Health Care Basic Skills I
||BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II /or Summer
||HST 122 Clinical Pathophysiology
||RCP 125 Cardiopulmonary Evaluation
||HST 121 Pharmacology
||RCP 175 Clinical Practice
||RCP 180 Ventilatory Support
||COM 252/181 Communications or Basic Public Speaking
||ENG 101 English 101
||BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (formerly BSL 111)
||RCP 190 Advanced Ventilatory Support
||RCP 200 Clinical Practice
||RCP 214 Advanced Diagnostic Procedures
||RCP 212 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care
||PSY 110/100 General Psychology or Introduction of Psychology
||RCP 204 Emergency and Special Procedures
||RCP 228 Preventive and Long Term Care
||RCP 225 Clinical Practice 4
||RCP 250 Clinical Practice 5
||TOTAL CREDITS: 67-70 *
- Transfer students are not required to take AHS 105. Other exemptions may apply.
- ** A student must demonstrate competency in computer science or enrollment in a computer
course: CIS 100/110 or OS 105 or GE 150
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing:
All Allied Health majors with a clinical component within their major must submit
to a criminal background check and drug screening. This is to ensure a safe clinical
environment for both students and the public and to meet the contractual requirements
of area healthcare facilities. Situations in which a student does not have a satisfactory
background check or drug test, will be reviewed by the Dean of Allied Health on a
Convictions involving the following crimes may serve to disqualify a person from participating
in required clinical learning experiences:
- any felony, whether listed below or not
- crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution
- crimes of physical violence to include any type of abuse (child, spousal, or of the
elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes,
possession of a restricted fire arm or any related weapons offenses, assault and battery
- conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the course of study
if there is reasonable suspicion on the part of the program faculty that the student
may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider. Positive
findings on a drug screen or refusal to submit to a requested drug screen will result
in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program. Each student
will be given the designated facility and time once they are accepted into the program.
The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student.
“The Respiratory Care Program, Associate Degree, at Jefferson Community and Technical
College Downtown Campus is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory
Care (www.coarc.com).” Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford,
Texas 76021; Phone 817.283.2835.
Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary
institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the
Respiratory Care national entry level credentialing examination. (CRT/RRT) Practitioner
licensing is based upon successful completion of the Respiratory Care national board
Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown
Campus Financial Aid Office located on the 4th floor of the Jefferson Education Center
or by calling 502.213.2146.
- Tuition – This information may be found in the college catalog or on-line at the college’s
- Books including printer and printer supplies
- Uniforms including stethoscope and accessories
- Liability insurance (Included in tuition)
- Criminal Background Check & Drug Testing
- Kettering and/or Persing Review Seminars
- Transportation to clinical sites
- Expenses are discussed at the pre admission conference
- Students must take one of the following college introduction courses – GEN 100, GEN
102 or AHS 105 within the first two (2) semesters of college.
- Students transferring college course work into Jefferson Community and Technical College
are exempt from this requirement.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or handicap in
employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational
Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973.