Respiratory Care - A.A.S. Degree (Career)
The respiratory care area of study focuses on objective scientific data as well as theory to train students to solve complex problems in a clinical setting. Students receive specialized training in the following areas: diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventative care of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. This area of study includes coursework in the classroom as well as practical experiences in diverse clinical settings.
As a graduate, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust in the respiratory care profession and its professionals as identified by employer survey.
- Recommend and perform procedures to maintain the airway, remove secretions, and assure ventilation and tissue oxygenation.
- Perform a full physical assessment and provide safe respiratory care by modifying therapy or making recommendations for changes in therapy based on the patient’s response to their current therapeutic regimen.
- Promote disease prevention and wellness by educating patients on the proper use and care of respiratory equipment.
- Identify educational opportunities to improve and maintain professional competence and credentials.
- Provide care without discrimination on any basis, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals.
- Obtain the CRT and RRT professional credentials in order to practice respiratory care.
- Participate as an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
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