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Respiratory Care

Restricted Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2013-2014* 

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Carl Eckrode: 503-491-7123 - Room AC 2785 

Respiratory Care is an allied health discipline that uses scientific principles to carry out physician directed diagnosis and treatment of abnormal respiratory conditions. Respiratory Care Practitioners work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home care, research, education, and medical equipment sales.

The program combines basic science and modern respiratory care theory with clinical experience in local medical centers. Both campus and clinical learning focus on all areas of respiratory care, which includes adult, neonatal and pediatric, general and intensive care.

The Respiratory Care Program prepares the student for both local and national standards. Graduates are eligible to take the national entry level examination and the national advanced practitioner level examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Passing these examinations serves to fulfill state licensure testing requirements.

The respiratory care profession continues to develop and diversify. Studies by the American Medical Association indicate that the need for Respiratory Care Practitioners will continue to grow.

The personal requirements necessary to succeed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner include a general aptitude for the biological and physical sciences. The Respiratory Care Practitioner is required to understand the physiology and pathology of circulation and respiration. Also required is the emotional maturity to deal with decision making in critical life and death situations.

Program Goal
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

The Mt. Hood Community College Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244. For more information, visit the website at

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Collect and interpret clinical data accurately, relate theory to clinical practice and recommend appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in accordance with established clinical guidelines
  • Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures efficiently in accordance with appropriate standards of care, protocols, and clinical practice guidelines, will modify therapeutic procedures in response to the patients condition, will efficiently use equipment and supplies and demonstrate thorough attention to safety
  • Communicate effectively with patients and members of the health care team and maintain appropriate records accurately and completely in accordance with healthcare agency standards and HIPAA regulations
  • Respect the beliefs and values of all persons, demonstrate self-direction and practice in an ethical and professional manner in accordance with established policies and procedures

Applications packets are available on our website at Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions, please call 503-491-7341.

Students who used the College Placement Test (CPT) to demonstrate mathematics proficiency for program admission as of 2004 – 2005 will not meet the general education requirement for the Associate of Applied Science degree. Four credits of a mathematics course (MTH065 or higher, excluding MTH211) must be transcripted before graduation. Please see page 20 of the printed catalog for more details about the general education requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree.

All students admitted are required to participate in a background check, drug testing and completion of required immunizations prior to attending clinical rotations. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all RT courses and BI121, BI122 and BI234 in order to continue and complete the program.

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

Note: It is strongly recommended that students complete BI121, BI122 and BI234 prior to admission into the program.

First Quarter (Fall)  Credits 
RT111  Cardiopulmonary Physiology 6
RT112  Cardiopulmonary Physiology Lab 1
AH110  Medical Language for Healthcare Settings 2
BI121  Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1  4
WR121  English Composition 4
Second Quarter (Winter) 
RT121  Respiratory Care Procedures 5
RT122  Respiratory Care Procedures Lab 2
RT131  Respiratory Diseases and Pharmacology 6
BI122  Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II1  4
Third Quarter (Spring) 
RT132  Pulmonary Assessment 4
RT141  Mechanical Ventilation 4
RT142  Mechanical Ventilation Lab 2
RT150  Clinical Clerkship 1
  Health and Physical Education Requirement‡ 3
Fourth Quarter (Summer) (optional) 
BI234  Microbiology1  4
Fifth Quarter (Fall) 
RT220  Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 4
RT251  Clinical Practice I 9
Sixth Quarter (Winter) 
RT231  Cardiopulmonary Critical Care I 3
RT252  Clinical Practice II 9
PSY101  Psychology of Human Relations or
General Psychology2 
Seventh Quarter (Spring) 
RT232  Cardiopulmonary Critical Care II 3
RT253  Clinical Practice III 9
WR122  English Composition: Critical Thinking or
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
SP115 Intro to Intercultural Communications
  Total Credits  99-101 

1It is strongly recommended that students complete BI121, BI122 and BI234 before beginning the program.
2PSY101 or PSY201 may be taken before beginning the program, during either summer quarter or during the academic year.

‡See pages 20 of the printed catalog.

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