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Pre-Respiratory Therapy

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is designed to help prepare students for admission to the Respiratory Therapy AAS degree.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: This program is designed to prepare students to succeed in the Respiratory Therapy AAS degree.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: This program admits new students in the spring, summer, and fall semesters of each year. Students must declare their plan as Pre-Respiratory Therapy CSC (code 221-181-02) and will be assigned the Respiratory Therapy AAS plan (code 181). Declaring the Respiratory Therapy AAS plan code does not mean that the student has been accepted to the program.

Students enrolled in this CSC are encouraged to meet with their Respiratory Therapy program advisor after completing at least 15 credits of the curriculum.

All CSC courses must be in progress or completed by the February 1 application deadline for the fall Respiratory Therapy AAS degree program. Completion of this CSC does not guarantee admission to the Respiratory Therapy AAS degree.

Students enrolled in the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate must do the following:

  • Take the Mathematics Virginia Placement Test (VPT) and complete through MTE 6 if developmental mathematics is required based on placement test results. Students with transferable college algebra with a grade of “C” or better will be exempt from the mathematics placement test.
  • Achieve a grade of “C” or better in BIO 141 and BIO 142. The prerequisites for BIO 141 are high school biology and chemistry completed within five years of registering for the course or BIO 101 (or an equivalent) or advisor approval.
  • Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in ENG 111, Social/Behavioral Science Elective, Humanities/Fine Arts Elective, BIO 141, BIO 142, RTH 102, and RTH 121.
  • Apply to graduate from the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate. (Refer to the Academic Calendar for graduation deadlines.)

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts

3

0

3

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

RTH 102

Integrated Sciences for Respiratory Care

3

0

3

RTH 121

Cardiopulmonary Science I

3

0

3

BIO 141

Human Anatomy 
& Physiology I

3

3

4

BIO 142

Human Anatomy 
& Physiology II

3

3

4

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

25

6

27

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Pre-Respiratory Therapy 27

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1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.