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2015-2016 Archived Catalog 
2015-2016 Archived Catalog

Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science
Health Sciences Division

Program Code: RESP2

Office: Curtice-Mott Complex CM2313

Phone: (810) 762-0317

The Respiratory Therapist is a health care professional who specializes in the application of scientific knowledge in providing and supporting the pulmonary requirements for a wide variety of patients that include newborn infants, children, adults and the elderly. Respiratory Therapists work under the direction of a physician to assess, manage, treat, educate and care for patients with a wide range of cardiopulmonary disorders. The Respiratory Therapist works in a collaborative fashion with other health care providers to restore the cardiopulmonary health of the patient.

The overall goal of the program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and professional behavior of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Respiratory Therapy is a licensed profession in the State of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Health Professions, is responsible for granting licensure for qualified applicants. The program provides the student with the knowledge and experience that will qualify them to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The website for the NBRC is

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); 1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835; Program outcomes which include examination results, attrition, number of enrollees, number of graduates and job placement for all respiratory therapy programs may be found at this website.

The majority of the clinical experience portion of the program is performed the following clinical affiliates: Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Regional Medical Center, Lapeer Regional Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare, University of Michigan Health System and Grand Blanc Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Admission Process to the Respiratory Therapy Program

  1. Student completes eligibility requirements for the program.
  2. Coordinator receives supplemental application for the program.
  3. Coordinator verifies that all requirements have been met.
  4. Coordinator notifies student of acceptance into the program and date student can expect to begin classes.
  5. Student makes appointment with coordinator to register for Fall classes.
  6. Student attends orientation session prior to Fall semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Be admitted to MCC and declare intent to enter the RT program.
  2. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in eligibility requirement courses (see #5 for specific courses).
  3. Demonstrate College level reading comprehension on the ACCUPLACER placement test, OR a minimum score of 20 on the reading portion of the ACT. A satisfactory grade in RDNG 030  or ENGL 100  will also meet this requirement.
  4. Demonstrate math proficiency by successful completion of MATH 120  with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or by placing into MATH 130  or higher on the ACCUPLACER placement test; or by scoring 25 or better on the math portion of the ACT.
  5. Complete AHLT 102 , BIOL 101 , BIOL 151 , and BIOL 152  with a “C” or 2.0 grade or better.
  6. Submit a current cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card. The card must be the BLS Health Care Provider from the American Heart Association or the Professional Rescuer from the American Red Cross.
  7. Complete a minimum of 4 hours of a “job shadowing” experience at an approved clinical affiliate. The program coordinator will schedule the appointment.
  8. Submit a Supplemental Application for Respiratory Therapy to the Division of Health Sciences office (Curtice-Mott 2313). This application should be submitted during the semester in which the last eligibility requirement will be completed.
  9. Must have an acceptable criminal background check for the purpose of identifying any student who could not continue in the program due to a felony conviction (with the last 15 years) or misdemeanor conviction (within the last 1,3,5, or 10 years) in accordance with State statutes and laws. Students will be required to have additional checks prior to the start of the clinical sequence of the program at the request of specific clinical facilities. The cost of the criminal background check is the responsibility of the student.

Group Total: Credits 48 / 93 Contact Hours

Group Total: Credits 2 / 2 Contact Hours

Recommended Elective Courses

  • Program does not specify Recommended Elective Courses for degree completion Credits 0 / 0 Contact Hours

Group Total: Credits 0 / 0 Contact Hours

General Education Requirements (minimum of 18 credits required)

Social Science (3 credits)

Mathematics (3-4 credits)

  • Students must demonstrate math proficiency by successful completion of MATH 120  with a grade of 2.0 or higher, or
  • By placing into MATH 130  or higher on the ACCUPLACER placement test, or
  • By scoring 25 or better on the math portion of the ACT.

Group Total: Credits 3-4 / 3-4 Contact Hours

Group Total: Credits 18 / 18 Contact Hours

Program Total: Credits 72-73 / 123-124 Contact Hours


  1. All course and degree requirements must be met
  2. 15 credits minimum must be earned at MCC
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

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