College Catalog Information Regarding The Respiratory Therapy Program


 

The Four Types of Respiratory Therapy Program Versions:

  Respiratory Therapy   

  1. Student should be able to demonstrate equipment manipulation, infection control and quality control.

  2. Student should be able to evaluate a patient and develop a respiratory care treatment plan.
  3. Student should be able to initiate and modify therapeutic procedures.
  4. Student should be able to make recommendation and evaluate patient data.

   Non-Traditional Respiratory Therapy AS   

  1. Demonstrate competent and safe equipment manipulation including lab simulations and patient contact during clinical rotations.
  2. Evaluate patient data to develop respiratory care treatment plan recommendations that initiate and modify therapeutic procedures, and infection and quality control.

   Respiratory Therapy AS   

  1. Demonstrate competent and safe equipment manipulation including lab simulations and patient contact during clinical rotations.
  2. Evaluate patient data to develop respiratory care treatment plan recommendations that initiate and modify therapeutic procedures, and infection and quality control.

   Respiratory Therapy Certificate Of Achievement  

  1. Demonstrate competent and safe equipment manipulation including lab simulations and patient contact during clinical rotations.
  2. Evaluate patient data to develop respiratory care treatment plan recommendations that initiate and modify therapeutic procedures, and infection and quality control.

Certificate Of Achievement in Respiratory Therapy  

A Certificate of Achievement for Respiratory Therapy may be applied for upon attaining the Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree.

This certificate program provides students with the strong academic foundation and clinical proficiency necessary to utilize modern respiratory devices (under the direction of a physician) in the complete treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases and other life-threatening conditions.

Course Curriculum Map and Units for Respiratory Therapy

SUBJECT & NO. COURSE UNITS

RESP TH 002* Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy. . . . . . 4 Units

RESP TH 006* Respiratory Physiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Units

RESP TH 021* Physics of Gas Therapeutics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Units

RESP TH 101 Survey of Respiratory Therapy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Units

COMM 101 Public Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 OR COMM 121 Interpersonal Communication. . . . . .  . . . . . . 3 Units

RESP TH 007 * Applied Medicine and Pathology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Units

RESP TH 023* Advanced Respiratory Pathophysiology. . . 1 Units

RESP TH 029* Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Units

RESP TH 030* Adult Critical Care Monitoring and Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Units

RESP TH 015* Introduction to Clinical Experience. . . . . . . . . . . 4 Units

RESP TH 003* Applications of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Units

RESP TH 004* Applications of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Units

RESP TH 027 Physician Respiratory Care Clinical Rounds I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Units

RESP TH 005* Application of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Units

RESP TH 011* Applications of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Units

RESP TH 028* Physician Respiratory Care Clinical Rounds II.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Units

Total Units :     53 Units

Note:

1. Comm 101 or 121 must be completed before the

start of second year (Clinical).

 2. *This course has a prerequisite/corequisite.


Respiratory Therapy, Associate In Science Degree                        

This program provides students with the strong academic foundation and clinical proficiency necessary to utilize modern respiratory devices (under the direction of a physician) in the complete treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases and other life-threatening conditions, as seen in the COVID-19 crisis. The ELAC RT Program dates back to the 1970’s and is one of the largest respiratory therapy programs in Southern California. The program provides students with greater access to hospital clinical sites, faculty, classroom and laboratory resources to better prepare them for clinical practice and employment. Unless transferred in from an outside school, (prerequisite, general education (GE), and program prerequisites) all “First Year” Respiratory Therapy courses (theory and laboratory) are taken on campus at ELAC. At the beginning of the summer between the 1st and 2nd years of the program (considered the start of the “clinical phase”), the majority of the laboratory classes are taken at one of the LACCD-contracted clinical affiliate hospitals. After the end of the fall semester of the clinical year, students must petition the ELAC campus for the Associate Degree.

In addition to the college WASC accreditation, the ELAC RT Program is nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The Registry (RRT) licensure examinations are administered through the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Initial and ongoing licensure in this state is governed by the Respiratory Care Board of California (RCB), a division of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).

To enroll into the RT program, students must first submit an application to the program that demonstrates the satisfactory completion of all admission prerequisite requirements as described below for placement and possible selection into the annual class cohort.

 

 


Program Admissions Prerequisites                        

The following courses, demonstrating satisfactory completion with a grade of “C” or better, are required to apply for admission to the program. Repeat attempts do not count against the applicant. Transfer coursework taken outside the LACCD that is desired for use to satisfy associate degree and/or program prerequisites must satisfy the minimums required by ELAC as specified below. Transfer courses that match the class content as stated in the ELAC catalog but not necessarily the unit totals listed below may be petitioned (See section on Transfer Students).

 PREREQUISITES FOR THE RT PROGRAM

1. Human Anatomy (ANATOMY 001) = 4 semester units or BIOLOGY 020 (a combined course of Anatomy/Physiology = 8 semester units)

2. Human Physiology (PHYSIOL 001) = 4 semester units or BIOLOGY 020 (a combined course of Anatomy/Physiology = 8 semester units

3. Introductory General Chemistry (CHEM 051 or 065) = 4 - 5 semester units

4. MICRO 001 or 020 (General Microbiology) = 4 - 5 semester units***

***Course Recency Requirement: Students must have completed MICRO 001 or 020 (or the Equivalent) within the last seven (7) years PRIOR to the date of their program application.

If you have previously taken a microbiology course that exceeds this 7-year limit, you will be required to retake a Microbiology class; however, the application may be submitted once you have scheduled an appointment with the RT Program Director to review enrollment options.

Intermediate Algebra (MATH 125 or MATH 125S) and ENGLISH 101 (Freshman Composition) are not required for admission into the respiratory therapy program; however, they are required elements of all associate degrees conferred by ELAC and must be completed prior to filing a graduation petition.

COMM 121 or 151 is NOT a program admission prerequisite, but is a major requirement, and MAY be taken at any time prior to the start of the clinical phase of the program, but MUST be completed before clinical placement can be made.