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Are you nurturing and do you pay attention to detail? Do you enjoy working with children and adults, providing them with reassurance, hope, and encouragement when life can get a little scary? Respiratory Therapists help people take their next breath. If you have patience and a nurturing manner, and enjoy working with people, then work as a respiratory therapist could be a career option for you. Danville Community College has partnered with Reynolds Community College to bring its Respiratory Therapy Program to citizens of our service region. Students take general education courses at DCC and then apply for admission to Reynolds Community College. Students have assigned clinicals at area health care institutions and take didactic portions of most classes on-line.

NOTE:  Students who have a felony conviction, or a conviction for assault, will not be allowed into clinical facilities in allied health programs.  They are thus advised to choose a non-allied health field.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program will be able to:

  1. Obtain and analyze physiologic specimens
  2. Interpret physiologic data
  3. Perform test and studies of the cardiopulmonary system
  4. Administer and monitor mechanical ventilator support
  5. Establish and monitor artificial airway care
  6. Perform and monitor bronchopulmonary hygiene techniques
  7. Administer and monitor pharmacological agents
  8. Prescribe and monitor cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  9. Monitor hemodynamic cardiovascular support
  10. Administer gas, humidity, aerosol, and hyperinflation therapies
  11. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate critical information relevant to the role of an entry level and advanced practice therapist
  12. Demonstrate the technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level and advanced practice therapist
  13. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as an entry-level and advanced practice therapist

Course Sequence

First Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
RTH 102 Integrated Sciences for Respiratory Care 3 0 3
RTH 110 Fundamental Theory and Procedures for
Respiratory Care
2 6 4
RTH 121 Cardiopulmonary Science I 3 0 3
RTH 135 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures I 1 3 2
RTH 145 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care I 1 0 1
ENG 111* College Composition I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
  Total 14 9 17
Second Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
RTH 112 Pathology of the Cardiopulmonary System 3 0 3
RTH 131 Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures I 3 3 4
RTH 190 Coord. Practice in Respiratory Therapy-NCC I 0 10 2
RTH 190 Coord. Practice in Respiratory Therapy-NCC II 0 10 2
BIO 141* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
  Total 9 26 15
Third Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
RTH 132 Respiratory Care Theory and ProceduresII 3 3 4
RTH 222 Cardiopulmonary Science II 3 0 3
RTH 190 Coord. Practice in Resp. Therapy- NCC III 0 10 2
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
  Total 9 16 13
Fourth Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
RTH 215 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 1 0 1
RTH 290 Coord. Practice in Resp. Therapy - ACC/NPCC I 0 10 2
RTH 290 Coord. Practice in Resp. Therapy - ACC/NPCC II 0 10 2
RTH 295 Topics  in Resp. Therapy: Advanced Cardiac Life
Support
1 0 1
RTH 223 Cardiopulmonary. Science III 2 0 2
RTH 226 Theory of Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care 2 0 2
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 3
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 20 16
Fifth Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
RTH 236 Critical Care Monitoring 2 3 3
RTH 290 Coord. Practice in Resp. Therapy - ACC/NPCC III 0 10 2
RTH 290 Coord. Practice in Resp. Therapy - ACC/NPCC IV 0 10 2
RTH 227 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills II 2 0 2
  Total 4 23 9

Total Minimum Credits for Respiratory Therapy: 70

For more information consult the College Catalog