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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science | RESP.AAS | Career Program
CIP Code: 51.0908
Visit Center for Health Studies, Room 1402 or call 301-546-0733 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

The Respiratory Therapy Program prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings, to care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory disease, to assist in the treatment of trauma patients, and to provide life support to critically ill newborn, pediatric, and adult patients. Students receive a solid foundation in principles of cardiopulmonary physiology and respiratory care practices prior to providing hands-on care within actual clinical settings. Clinical experiences begin with basic general care and progress to extensive experience in adult medical and surgical intensive care and neonatal/pediatric intensive care units. Throughout the curriculum, students are expected to develop a caring commitment to the patient along with safe and effective respiratory care. Students rotate through renowned and respected clinical sites, including Prince George’s Hospital Center, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The Respiratory Therapy Program of Prince George’s Community College, CoARC program number 200228, awards an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (https://www.coarc.com/). 

Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Work in a variety of health care settings
  • Assess and treat patients with acute and chronic respiratory diseases
  • Assist in the treatment of trauma patients
  • Provide life support to critically ill newborn, pediatric, and adult patients
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with professional practice and the ethical and moral standards consistent with the American Association for Respiratory Care.


Respiratory Therapy Accreditation Information

Special Admission Criteria

  • This program begins only in the fall semester. Deadline for petitioning is April 1.
  • MAT-1250  or higher, EGL-1010 , BIO-2050 , BIO-2060 , and CHM-1010 
  • An average GPA of 2.50 or higher for the five courses listed with no grade below a C
  • ATI TEAS required at time of petition with a minimum preparedness category score of “proficient,” and a minimum adjusted individual reading score of 60%.

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Respiratory Therapy A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 67 Credits

Check BIO-2050  for eligibility requirements.

Students who have taken another mathematics course prior to fall 2017 should contact the Respiratory Therapy program director to discuss options.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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