Respiratory Care: AS Degree

The Respiratory Care Program is four semesters and one six week summer session. The program is designed to prepare qualified men and women to practice as respiratory care practitioners (RCPs). Upon completion of the program the student will be eligible to take the state licensing and the national registry examinations. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Respiratory Care is a healthcare specialty which deals with the care and treatment of patients with respiratory and cardiac disorders. RCPs work in a variety of settings, including acute and subacute hospitals, clinics, and home care. To remain in the program, student must maintain a “C” grade or above in Respiratory Care and a satisfactory grade in clinical.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as advanced-level respiratory therapists (cognitive domain).
  2. Be technically proficient in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as advanced-level respiratory therapists (psychomotor domain).
  3. Exhibit professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as advanced-level respiratory therapists (affective domain).
Degree Requirements 
Prerequisites for Admission
CHEM-110Introduction to Chemistry4
MATH-106College Algebra3-4
or MATH-232 Statistics
BIOL-218Human Anatomy5
BIOL-219Human Physiology5
BIOL-220General Microbiology 15
Total Units22-23
Required Courses
RESP-120Respiratory Care Theory I6
RESP-130Respiratory Care Laboratory I4
RESP-140Preparation for Clinical1.5
RESP-150Respiratory Care Theory II3
RESP-160Respiratory Care Pharmacology3
RESP-170Respiratory Care Clinical I2.5
RESP-175Resp Care Laboratory II1.5
RESP-185Respiratory Care Clinical II2.5
RESP-200Respiratory Care Theory III2
RESP-210Principles & Applications of Mechanical Ventilation/Lab4
RESP-220Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care4
RESP-230Respiratory Care Topics I1
RESP-250Respiratory Care Clinical IV (5-unit option)5
RESP-260Respiratory Care Theory IV1.5
RESP-270Advanced Respiratory Care Laboratory1
RESP-280Respiratory Care Topics II2
RESP-290Respiratory Care Clinical VI (4-unit option)4
RESP-290BComputer Simulations in Respiratory Care1
RESP-292Respiratory Care Preceptorship2.5
PSYC-125Human Development3
Total Units55
  1. All required courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  2. To remain in the program, student must maintain a “C” grade or above in Respiratory Care and a satisfactory grade in clinical.
  3. Transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution: Consult the catalog of the college or university of your choice and a Napa Valley College counselor for specific requirements.

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.  

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
RESP-120 Respiratory Care Theory I 6
RESP-130 Respiratory Care Laboratory I 4
RESP-140 Preparation for Clinical 1.5
PSYC-125 Human Development 1 3
RESP-150 Respiratory Care Theory II 3
RESP-160 Respiratory Care Pharmacology 3
RESP-170 Respiratory Care Clinical I 2.5
RESP-175 Resp Care Laboratory II 1.5
English Composition 1 3-4
RESP-185 Respiratory Care Clinical II 2.5
Second Year
RESP-200 Respiratory Care Theory III 2
RESP-210 Principles & Applications of Mechanical Ventilation/Lab 4
RESP-220 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 4
RESP-230 Respiratory Care Topics I 1
RESP-250 Respiratory Care Clinical IV 5
RESP-260 Respiratory Care Theory IV 1.5
RESP-270 Advanced Respiratory Care Laboratory 1
RESP-280 Respiratory Care Topics II 2
RESP-290 Respiratory Care Clinical VI 4
RESP-290B Computer Simulations in Respiratory Care 1
RESP-292 Respiratory Care Preceptorship 2.5
 Total Units58-59