Program Code: AAS.20579
Respiratory Therapists in Michigan are licensed health care providers. In order to be licensed you must earn a minimum of an Associate degree and successfully complete National exams. As a Respiratory Therapist you will be qualified to assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including responsibilities involved in the supervision of Certified Respiratory Therapist functions. The registered therapist is also capable of serving as a resource person to the physician with regard to current practices in respiratory care and to the hospital staff regarding effective and safe methods for administering respiratory care. Respiratory therapists who have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or its predecessors the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE) are eligible to apply for registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The process consists of one written exam and clinical simulation. Applicants must pass both to be awarded the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
Total Semester Credits: 12
Winter First Year:
- ENG 113 - Technical Communication Credits: 3
ENG 112 can be taken in place of ENG 113
- LW 221W - Fitness and Wellness Credits: 2
LW 220W and any 1 credit LWA course; or any 2 credit LW course can be taken in place of LW 221W
- POL 105W - American Politics with Project Credits: 4
POL 103W , POL 212W , POL 215W , POL 220W , POL 221W , POL 223W , POL 225W , POL 228W , HIS 221W , HIS 222W or HIS 237W can be taken in place of POL 105W
- PSY 211W - Introduction to Psychology Credits: 4
PHL 215W , PSY 101W , SOC 211W or COM 112W can be taken in place of PSY 211W
Total Semester Credits: 13
Fall First Year Clinical:
Total Semester Credits: 13
Winter First Year Clinical:
Total Semester Credits: 14
Spring First Year Clinical:
Total Semester Credits: 3
Fall Second Year Clinical:
Total Semester Credits: 16
Winter Second Year Clinical:
Total Semester Credits: 16
- Prerequisite qualifications for validation are: high school graduate or GED equivalent; be admitted to Delta College; provide transcripts from high school and all other colleges attended; and completion of HSC 105 with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade and BIO 140W & RT 100 must be completed with a "B" (3.0)
- Completion of BIO 140W , HSC 105 & RT 100 are required for Validation. It is strongly recommended that ENG 111 , ENG 113 , LW 221W , POL 105W , & PSY 211W be completed prior to the clinical experience. BIO 140W , ENG 111 , ENG 113 , HSC 105 , LW 221W , POL 105W , PSY 211W , & RT 100 are required for the Associate Degree.
- RT 100 has a prerequisite math requirement that Algebra must have been taken within the past 5 years.
- RT 100 may include a required job shadow experience to become validated. This may require that students complete an online training session, have proof of a negative TB tine test and other supporting documentation before gaining access to the agency.
- A maximum of 15 students will be accepted each Fall Semester for Respiratory Care courses from qualified students who have been assigned a "semester and year of validation." You will be placed on this list only after successfully completing the prerequisite qualifications and submitting a "Validation Application" to the Registrar's Office. See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required procedures.
- After you receive notification of acceptance into clinicals for the Fall Semester, you must have a complete physical examination including a negative TB test by the first week of the Fall semester.
- In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, students should plan for the following expenses during clinical semesters: immunizations & CPR certification to meet health requirements, background check, drug screen, ACEMAPP, appropriate laboratory and clinic attire including shoes, protective eyewear, name tags, providing your own transportation to and from clinical sites, possible parking fees, purchase two Self-Assessment Exams (total cost approximately $150), and and fees for state licensure and the national board exam. Also, students will be required to attend one Michigan Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC) seminar in the second year of the program. You are responsible for paying the cost of any medical care that might be necessary if you are injured or become ill as a result of clinical practice activities. The College does not provide insurance coverage for such situations.
- RT courses are offered day hours only and generally must be taken together in the sequence shown. You must achieve a minimum “C” (2.0) grade in each RT course to be eligible to continue in the Program.
- Admission to and continuance in the Program is contingent upon your compliance with all policies contained in the Respiratory Care Student handbook. Reentry into the program is outlined in the handbook and is based on available seating within the program.
- If you have prior respiratory therapy work experience, you may be eligible to waive or receive equivalent credit for some RT courses.
- Also see “Dual Degrees .”