Respiratory Care

Health and Safety Sciences: Respiratory Care

The Associates of Science in Respiratory Care Program at Antelope Valley College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

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CoARC outcomes data is available at the following link:

What is respiratory care?

  • Respiratory care is a health profession that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory care practitioners apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system.

Primary goal

The respiratory care program's goal at Antelope Valley College is: "to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs)." Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Standard 3.01.


Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as a respiratory care practitioner (knowledge domain).

  2. The technical proficiency in all of the skills necessary to fulfill the role as a respiratory care practitioner (psychomotor domain).

  3. Professional behavior consistent with employer expectations for a respiratory care practitioner (affective domain).

Respiratory therapists have an in-depth knowledge of

  • Cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
  • Patient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnostics
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Advance life support and critical care
  • Pharmacology
  • Biomedical engineering and technology

Respiratory therapists effectively

  • Assess, educate and treat patients with heart and lung problems

Respiratory care is focused on

  • Prevention
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Management
  • Control
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Education and care

What do respiratory therapists do?

  • Apply critical thinking
  • Apply patient/environment assessment skills
  • Apply evidence based clinical practice skills
  • Develop and implement effective care plans
  • Apply patient driven protocols
  • Implement disease management programs
  • Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures

What are the prerequisites for entrance into the program?

  • Prerequisites for RCP 101 in the Associate Degree Respiratory Care Program are: Completion of BIOL 101 (General Biology – 4 units), BIOL 201 (General Human Anatomy – 4 units), BIOL 202 (General Human Physiology - 4 units) and CHEM 101 (Introductory Chemistry – 5 units) at Antelope Valley College or the equivalent at another accredited college. All science courses require a lab. Students are also required to meet the following prerequisites: minimum GPA of 2.0 for all college courses taken; minimum GPA of 2.0 for BIOL 101, BIOL 201, BIOL 202 and CHEM 101.

How do I enroll?

Enrollment packets are accepted on an ongoing basis and a waiting list is maintained.  Students are admitted into the program in the fall of each year.  All students wanting to enroll in RCP 101 should follow the instructions on the “Verification of Prerequisites for RCP 101” (obtained from the Health Sciences Division).

For more information about respiratory care as a career, visit the web site for the Respiratory Care Board of California:

Respiratory Care Suggested Curriculum

Required Courses
Course Description
BIOL 101General Biology (GE requirement Area A)4
CHEM 101Introductory Chemistry/Chemistry Lab5
BIOL 201General Human Anatomy4
BIOL 202General Human Physiology4
BIOL 101, BIOL 201, BIOL 202 and CHEM 101are prerequisites for entry into RCP 101/101CL.17
 All science courses must include the lab. 
First Semester
Course Description
RCP 101/101CLFundamentals of Respiratory Care6
RCP 102Clinical Preparation for Respiratory Care0.5
ENGL 101Freshman Composition (GE requirement Area D-1)3
Second Semester
Course Description
RCP 103/103CLConcepts in Respiratory Care6
RCP 104Respiratory Care Pharmacology3
MATH 102Intermediate Algebra (GE requirement Area E)4
COMM 103Process of Communication(GE requirement Area D-2)3
Summer Session
Course Description
RCP 105/105CLFundamentals of Clinical Respiratory Care5
Third Semester
Course Description
RCP 201Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care3
RCP 202/202CLFundamentals of Intensive Respiratory Care4
RCP 203/203CLSeminar and Practicum in Respiratory Care I6
Fourth Semester
Course Description
RCP 204/204CLSeminar and Practicum in Respiratory Care II9
PSY 101General Psychology (GE requirement Area B)3
 Course from GE requirement Area C3
 Course from GE requirement Area F3
 Degree Total 78.5
Last updated: May 30, 2018