Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be effective members of the healthcare team in assisting with diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the entry-level and advanced practitioner examinations leading to certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Advanced Placement Admission: Students seeking advanced placement, or transfer, including military respiratory technicians, or non-associate degree therapists should contact the program director of the RTH program for individual counseling.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must do the following:

  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • View a Respiratory Therapy information session online.
  • Qualify for ENG 111 and MTH 154 through acceptable scores on NOVA's placement tests.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 curricular GPA at the last school/college attended at which at least 15 credits were completed.
  • Have completed ENG 111, NAS 161 (BIO 141) and NAS 162 (BIO 142), HLT 141, and SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare or an SDV elective with a grade of 'C' or higher.
  • Have completed RTH 120 with a grade of 'B' or higher.

Special Accreditation Status: NOVA's Respiratory Therapy Program at the Medical Education Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), www.coarc.com. NOVA's CoARC number is 200206.

Continuation Requirement: Students must comply with all continuation requirements for Allied Health and Respiratory Therapy students.

Special Program Continuation Requirements: If general education courses are not completed before acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program, then they are to be taken in the corresponding semester as indicated in the curriculum plan. Students may not proceed to the next sequential respiratory therapy course without having completed the appropriate general education coursework.

Reenrollment:

  • Students in good standing may be permitted to reenroll in the RTH curriculum on a space-available basis, with permission of the program director.
  • Students who leave the program for any period up to two years for either personal or academic reasons are required to demonstrate proficiency in all previously enrolled skills courses prior to reentering the program. 'Practical exams' are administered and scheduled by the program faculty. A written exam will be required.
  • Students who leave the program for any period of time for medical reasons are required to submit evidence of good physical and mental health, as substantiated by a newly completed Pre-Admission Health History and Physical for Allied Health and Nursing Form (125-007) signed by the primary physician responsible for their care.

Licensure Requirements: The Virginia Board of Medicine reserves the right to deny licensure to any candidate who has been convicted of a crime or any offense relating to the abuse of alcohol and/or use or sale of controlled substances in Virginia or any other state. Any applicant to the Respiratory Therapy Program who has been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony must consult with the program director of Respiratory Therapy prior to acceptance into the program.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
Choose One
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NAS 161 Health Science I
Choose One
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NAS 162 Health Science II
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
RTH 120 Fundamental Theory for Respiratory Care 2
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 15
1st Semester
1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
RTH 102 Integrated Science for Respiratory Care II 3
RTH 111 Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiopulmonary System 3
RTH 145 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care I 2
RTH 151 Fundamental Clinical Procedures I 3
Total 13
2nd Semester
2CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
RTH 121 Cardiopulmonary Science I 3
RTH 131 Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures I 4
RTH 196 On-Site Training in Respiratory Care I 3
RTH 245 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care II 2
Total 15
3rd Semester
RTH 135 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures I 2
RTH 296 On-Site Training in Respiratory Care II 2
Total 4
4th Semester
RTH 215 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 1
RTH 222 Cardiopulmonary Science II 3
RTH 223 Cardiopulmonary Science III 2
RTH 236 Critical Care Monitoring 3
RTH 190 Coordinated Internship 3
Total 12
5th Semester
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
RTH 225 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Procedures 3
RTH 227 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills II 2
RTH 290 Coordinated Internship 3
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 71
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
Choose One
BIO
141
4
NAS
161
Choose One
BIO
142
4
Health Science II
NAS
162
ENG
111
3
HLT
141
1
RTH
120
2
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
Total 15
1st Semester
1
3
Integrated Science for Respiratory Care II
RTH
102
3
RTH
111
3
RTH
145
2
RTH
151
3
Total 13
2nd Semester
2CST
229
3
RTH
121
3
RTH
131
4
On-Site Training in Respiratory Care I
RTH
196
3
RTH
245
2
Total 15
3rd Semester
RTH
135
2
On-Site Training in Respiratory Care II
RTH
296
2
Total 4
4th Semester
RTH
215
1
RTH
222
3
Cardiopulmonary Science III
RTH
223
2
RTH
236
3
Coordinated Internship
RTH
190
3
Total 12
5th Semester
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
PED
116
1
RTH
225
3
RTH
227
2
Coordinated Internship
RTH
290
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
3
3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 71

1 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives.

2 CST 229 is recommended. Students may select CST 110 or CST 126.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives.

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