Respiratory Care

Pamela Halfhill, MS, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8366
Office: 224C Cook Hall

Skillful providers of respiratory care are in increasing demand. Respiratory care practitioners are prepared to administer pulmonary care under the direction of licensed physicians. Respiratory therapists assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and breathing disorders. These tasks include administering medical gases, breathing tests, medications by inhalation and drawing of blood for analysis. Respiratory care practitioners are required to have knowledge of special life-support equipment and methods of monitoring critically-ill patients. Individuals educated as respiratory therapists must complete a minimum of two years of education. Upon completing the minimum education, graduates are eligible to sit for the national board examinations to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and then a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, advanced level). Registered respiratory therapists assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities. Therapists scope of practice includes specific knowledge of cardiopulmonary and renal anatomy, pathology, clinical management, therapeutics and diagnostics. Excellent communication skills are necessary in order to consult with physicians and other members of the health care team. The most important standard in the profession of respiratory care is for practitioners to serve as  role models in matters concerning health by abstaining from the use of tobacco products at home, school and work environments.

Mission Statement and Goals

The Respiratory Care Program prepares students to become competent, professional, advanced-level respiratory therapists.

The goal of the Respiratory Care program 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).

Notice to Prospective or Current Respiratory Care Students

You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. You may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites, therefore, preventing you from completing the program. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession.

Technical Standards

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"C" Grade Policy


Respiratory Care​
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (6 Semester Plan)

First Year
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHM 1120Introductory Organic and Biochemistry 4
MTH 1151Quantitative Reasoning 3
RES 1000Introduction to Respiratory Care 3
 Term Hours15
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II 4
RES 1090Respiratory Care Pharmacology 2
RES 1110Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 4
RES 1010 Respiratory Care Procedures I 3
 Term Hours13
RES 1120Pulmonary Diagnostics 3
RES 1410Clinical Experience I 1
RES 1020Respiratory Care Procedures II 3
BHS 1390Medical Terminology 2
COM 1110 English Composition 3
 Term Hours12
Second Year
RES 2230Respiratory Disease 2
RES 1420Clinical Experience II 2
RES 2100Respiratory Procedures III 3
 Term Hours7
RES 2410Advanced Clinical Experience I 3
RES 2110 Respiratory Procedures IV 4
BHS 2100Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
BHS 2200Pediatric Advanced Life Support 1
BHS 2300Neonatal Resuscitation 1
 Term Hours10
RES 2420Advanced Clinical Experience II 3
RES 2510   Respiratory Care Capstone 1
BHS 1560Smoking Cessation Education 1
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
 Term Hours8
 Total Hours 65

Portfolio Courses

Capstone Course

Prerequisites: Students should check course prerequisites before registering. 

RES 1000 — Introduction to Respiratory Care
3 Credit hours  

Serves as an introduction to the profession of Respiratory Care, including its history, organizational hierarchy, and current as well as future trends. Students will be introduced to basic patient assessment skills and techniques, as well as infection control practices and will be given laboratory time to practice and master these skills. Professionalism in the healthcare setting, as well as legal implications and licensure requirements, will also be discussed. "C" grade policy applies.
Corequisites: BIO 1110, CHM 1120, RES-1000L.

RES 1010 — Respiratory Care Procedures I
3 Credit hours  

Provides an overview of the equipment and procedures which are used by entry-level respiratory care practitioners to administer floor therapy. This includes: oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, volume expansion therapy, and bronchial hygiene therapy. "C" grade policy applies.
Corequisites: RES 1110, RES-1010L, RES 1090.

RES 1020 — Respiratory Care Procedures II
3 Credit hours  

Provides an introduction of the student to care and maintenance of various artificial airways, including placement and suctioning techniques. An introduction to positive pressure ventilation will be provided, as well as the many cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques that are used in the field of Respiratory Care. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1010, RES 1110
Corequisites: RES-1020L, RES 1120, RES 1410.

RES 1090 — Respiratory Care Pharmacology
2 Credit hours  

Instructs Respiratory Care students in an overview of the cardiopulmonary medications covered by Ohio Law regarding the practice of Respiratory Care and focuses on the general principles of pharmacology and selected drug classifications related to the cardiac, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems. "C" grade policy applies.
Corequisites: RES 1010, RES-1010L, RES 1110.

RES 1110 — Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
4 Credit hours  

Study in depth the structure and function of the human pulmonary and cardiovascular systems, with particular implications for the respiratory care professional will be discussed. The characteristics and theories of chemical laws, theories of gas behavior, and hemodynamic principles will be thoroughly examined and explored. The basis of oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, diffusion, and gas flow within the human body will be covered, as well as basic cardiac electrocardiogram analysis and interpretation. The laboratory portion of this course will focus on hands on application and real world implications of the topics covered in lecture. Students will be permitted to explore and learn more about human pulmonary and cardiac anatomy and physiology through the use of anatomical models, interactive demonstrations, human patient simulator models, and cadavers. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1000
Corequisites: RES 1010, RES-1010L, RES 1090, RES-1110L.

RES 1120 — Pulmonary Diagnostics
3 Credit hours  

Includes a survey of the many types of tests used to diagnose and treat illness in the field of respiratory care. Included will be the principles and techniques used in the measurement and interpretation of Pulmonary Function Studies. Acid-based physiology and factors determining normal and abnormal blood gases as well as interpretation and application of the results will also be covered. Hemodynamics and other types of critical care monitoring will be introduced and explained as they pertain to the critical care respiratory patient. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1010, RES 1090, RES 1110
Corequisites: RES 1020, RES-1020L, RES-1120L, RES 1410.

RES 1410 — Clinical Experience I
1 Credit hour  

Provides clinical experience in the maintenance and safe handling of equipment and oxygen therapy, basic respiratory therapeutic procedures, patient assessment skills, collecting and gathering medical information from the electronic and hard copy patient chart, aerosol therapy, humidity therapy, lung volume expansion therapy, metered dose inhaler use, and bronchial hygiene therapy. Students will participate, as available, in equipment sterilization and disinfection procedures. A valid CPR card is required for all clinical courses. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1010, RES 1110, RES 1090
Corequisites: RES 1020, RES-1020L, RES 1120, RES-1120L.

RES 1420 — Clinical Experience II
2 Credit hours  

Provides clinical experience in positive pressure therapy, aerosol therapy, and a variety of pulmonary function tests. Students will gain further experience with bronchial hygiene therapies, including postural drainage and chest percussion. Students will perform arterial blood gas sampling on hospital patients, and will observe/ assist with maintenance of blood gas analyzer machines. Surgery rotations for intubation experience will be provided. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1020, RES 1120, RES 1410
Corequisites: RES 2100, RES-2100L, RES 2230.

RES 1990 — Independent Study in RES
2 Credit hours  

Provides the Respiratory student the opportunity for in depth work on a respiratory topic. The first week of the term, the student will meet with the chairperson and submit in writing the proposed topic of study and the plan. The chairperson or another Respiratory faculty will provide continued support throughout the project. "C" grade policy applies.

RES 2100 — Respiratory Procedures III
3 Credit hours  

Provides instruction in the theory and procedures with advanced respiratory care as associated with mechanical ventilation. This course will explore the various devices and monitoring techniques used in the management of ventilators. Students will also be given the opportunity to accomplish experiments simulating set-up modification, operation, and troubleshooting of various ventilators. "C" grade policy applies.
Corequisites: RES-2100L, RES 1420, RES 2230.

RES 2110 — Respiratory Procedures IV
4 Credit hours  

Provides an in-depth study of the respiratory management of both the neonatal and pediatric patient. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the cardiorespiratory system in relation to pathologies and critical care management. Essential knowledge, skill and abilities required for the practice of respiratory care in the perinatal and pediatric specialty area will be presented. Laboratory instruction for this course will focus on the critical care equipment and therapeutic modalities required for the care of the neonatal, infant, and pediatric populations. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 2100
Corequisites: RES-2110L, RES 2410, RES-2550.

RES 2230 — Respiratory Disease
2 Credit hours  

Provides a full review clinical assessment skills and introduces Respiratory Care students to techniques used in diagnosing cardiopulmonary disease. A wide variety of lung diseases will be explored in a problem-based learning format which integrates case studies, clinical simulations and use of Human Patient Simulator. Emphasis will be placed on the basic pathologies of each disease and a review of treatment options will be discussed. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1120, RES 1410
Corequisites: RES 1420, RES 2100, RES-2100L.

RES 2410 — Advanced Clinical Experience I
3 Credit hours  

Provides advanced clinical practice in the art of patient assessment and testing that is essential to the discipline. Various clinical tests including arterial blood gas measurement, chest radiographic imaging, and cardiac and pulmonary stress testing will be provided to the student during clinical rotations to correlate findings with patient disease states and conditions. Students will take part in physician rounds, and attend physician lectures where patient case studies will be presented. Students will begin rotations in the adult critical care setting, where they will gain experience in managing artificial airways, mechanical ventilators, and hemodynamic measurement equipment. Students will also take part in rotations with department managers to gain an appreciation for the skills needed to manage a respiratory care department, while meeting quality assurance standards. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1420, RES 2230, RES 2100
Corequisites: RES 2110, RES-2110L, RES-2550.

RES 2420 — Advanced Clinical Experience II
3 Credit hours  

Provides further clinical experiences that will include continued rotations in adult critical care settings, as well as new specialty rotations in such areas as pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep disorder clinics, home care, skilled nursing facilities, and physician rounds. Students will also gain clinical experience in the care of neonatal patients through rotations in the labor & delivery and neonatal ICU areas. The clinical experience will culminate in a preceptorship rotation in which the student gains real-world experience through management of a full work assignment, under the watchful eye of an assigned mentor. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 2110, RES 2410, RES-2550
Corequisites: RES 2510.

RES 2510 — Respiratory Care Capstone
1 Credit hour  

Allows students to demonstrate their proficiency by integrating technical knowledge with core skills and abilities. Study will be done of realistic clinical problems and situations with emphasis on analyzing and evaluating these problems to formulate acceptable respiratory care plans. Such care plans shall include selection of appropriate equipment, drugs, laboratory tests, equipment parameters and changes, treatment modalities and suggestions to physicians. Practice will be provided in the necessary techniques to take the NBRC clinical simulation examination. Computer simulations are an integral part of this course. The course will include an e-portfolio assignment and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 2410, RES-2550, RES 2100
Corequisites: RES 2420.

RES 2610 — Polysomnography Clinical I
1 Credit hour  

Provides clinical experience in an orientation to the sleep center, patient assessment, preparation, hook-up, monitoring, and education. Opportunities in stage recognition, troubleshooting, equipment preparation and disinfecting, and documentation will also be offered to the participant. A valid CPR card is required in all clinical courses. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Current second year Respiratory Care student or currently licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner.

RES 2620 — Polysomnography Clinical II
1 Credit hour  

Provides clinical experience and orientation to the sleep center, patient assessment, preparation, hook-up, monitoring, and education. Opportunities in stage recognition, troubleshooting, equipment preparation and disinfecting, and documentation will also be offered to the participant. A valid CPR card is required in all clinical courses. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 2710, RES 2610
Corequisites: RES 2720, RES-2720L.

RES 2710 — Polysomnography Technology I
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the student to sleep medical technology, instrumentation set up and calibration of polysomnographic equipment, and recording and monitoring the patient during a polysomnogram. This course is the first in a two course sequence and is designed for the Respiratory Therapist wanting to enter into sleep technology. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 1420, RES 2230, or currently licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner.

RES 2720 — Polysomnography Technology II
3 Credit hours  

Provides the student with an introduction to the different types of sleep studies and the purpose of each. The student will learn about a variety of sleep disorders, the symptoms of each, and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments. Scoring of Polysomnograms and sleep stages will also be discussed. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RES 2610, RES 2710
Corequisites: RES-2720L.

All students who apply for acceptance into the Respiratory Care Program have their name placed on a qualified list after they meet the program qualifications listed below.

In addition to the general admission requirements for all students, the following specific requirements must be completed before being added to the qualified list:

  1. Attend a mandatory program specific orientation. 
  2. Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for any previous college-level course work at the time of selection and matriculation. 
  3. Complete all required college level math, writing and reading courses and prerequisites with a grade or D or higher, and all college level science requirements and prerequisites with a grade of C or higher; or equivalent placement.

Once the student is admitted into the Respiratory Care program, the program admitted students must show completion of the below requirements prior to start of first term (summer):

  1. Complete 16 hours of observation with a respiratory care practitioner in a hospital of the applicant’s choice. Appointments with the hospital are made by the applicant.
  2. Complete an interview with the Respiratory Care Program chairperson or director of clinical education.

Prior to enrollment in the first clinical course, the student must meet these requirements: 

  1. Provide the results of a physical examination including laboratory tests and completion of required immunizations before actual clinical course work can be started. The Respiratory Care program also has technical standards for which all students must be capable. These standards specify skills necessary to participate in learning activities and professional practice. 
  2. Complete an American Heart Association, BLS, Health Care Provider, CPR course prior to clinical course work. Must be maintained through to graduation. 
  3. Meet the expanding requirements of our clinical affiliates, students will be required to submit to drug screening prior to enrollment in the first clinical course (RES 1410 Clinical Experience I). Positive drug screens will result in dismissal from all clinical courses and consequently from the program. In addition to screening, all students in clinical courses are subject to random and for cause drug screens for the duration of the Respiratory Care program. 
  4. Complete a mandatory criminal background check. Anyone with a prior felony and/ or some misdemeanors are at risk of being dismissed from the program. A positive criminal record may also prevent an individual from obtaining a license to practice Respiratory Care following graduation. Please refer to the Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening paragraph in the Division of Health Sciences section of the current college catalog for details.

The Respiratory Care program accepts students once a year in Summer Semester

Joel Harris, MEd, BA, AAS
Clinical Specialist and Associate Professor
Phone: 419-995-8849
Office: CK 201A

Charles Mulholland, MEd, BS, RRT, ORCB
Coordinator, Clinical Education and Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8371
Office: CK 224E

Beth White, MS, BS, RRT, NPS
Coordinator, Distance Education and Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8198
Office: CK 232B

Meagan Zoladz, BS, RRT OH
Phone: 419-995-8815
Office: CK 232D

Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Program number 200324
is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (,

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

(817) 283-2835

The program has been accredited since its inception in 1980.

To view Programmatic Outcomes Data:

Sleep Technologist Certificate

Rhodes State College offers the opportunity for a certificate in Sleep Technology for the enrolled Respiratory Care student or licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist wanting to be employed in a Sleep Center. After successful completion of all courses, the student will be eligible to take the following examinations for the certificate desired:

  • Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) for the RPGST
  • National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) for the RRT SDS
First Year
First SemesterHours
RES 2610Polysomnography Clinical I 1
RES 2710Polysomnography Technology I 3
 Term Hours4
Second Semester
RES 2620Polysomnography Clinical II 1
RES 2720Polysomnography Technology II 3
 Term Hours4
 Total Hours 8

See for additional information on certificates.