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2021-22 Catalog 
    Oct 28, 2021  
2021-22 Catalog

Respiratory Therapy, AAS

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Program Description

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This program prepares you for a rewarding profession that will help treat patients of all age groups with heart and lung conditions. You will learn the diagnosis and management of diseases associated with cardiopulmonary illness. To be successful in this field you must have a high degree of maturity, strong drive, a solid science background, and excellent reasoning skills.

The Respiratory Therapy (RCA) program has a selective admissions process. The program application and requirements are available in the Health & Public Safety Office or at Pueblo Community College RCA from now—June 1. All Health & Public Safety programs have essential functions to help you be successful in the program and career.

Note: You must undergo a background check and drug screen before we can officially admit you into the program. A felony, loss of license, administrative disciplinary proceeding for negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct may prohibit entrance into the program and/or eligibility to sit for licensure exams.

Career Information

The RCA program prepares you for a career in respiratory therapy. Respiratory therapists work in a variety of settings: hospital, homecare, neonatal nursery, diagnostic testing, and flight for life. Respiratory care is one of fastest growing health professions in the U.S. We provide our graduates with a listing of national placement opportunities.

Total Credits: 72.5

General Education Requirements (20 Credits)

Applicants must have 6 of the 7 prerequisites completed at the time of application with a “C” or higher, before first fall program semester.

Core Curriculum Requirements (52.5 Credits)


1 BIO 111 is a required prerequisite course for BIO 202

2 Courses are required to be successfully completed or in progress during spring semester to apply to program

3 Courses must be completed within 5 years of entrance into the program

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