Respiratory Therapy, AAS
Mid-Plains Community College in conjunction with Southeast Community College offers an associate of applied science degree in Respiratory Care at its Lincoln Campus. In West Central Nebraska, Southeast Community College makes the program available in cooperation with Mid-Plains Community College.
General education and academic support courses are provided by Mid-Plains Community College. Respiratory Care courses are transmitted online by Southeast Community College to Mid-Plains Community College.
Respiratory Care Practitioners
Respiratory Care Practitioners are individuals who are sensitive to the physical and psychological needs of others in their environments. They are people who appreciate and enjoy working closely with other health professionals as a member of a true team. However, they are also individuals who follow instructions carefully and pay careful attention to details. Operating complicated technical equipment requires the Respiratory Care Practitioner to possess mechanical ability and manual dexterity. Respiratory Care Practitioners are individuals with strong emotional stability which allows them to effectively cope with human suffering, emergency situations and the stress of today’s health care environment, to which they are exposed on a daily basis.
Respiratory Care Practitioners must possess the functional use of the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell. They must possess a sense of equilibrium, along with sufficient motor functions to carry out activities required in the clinical practice of caring for patients. Additionally, the practitioner must possess the communication and intellectual skills to perform the assessment and intervention activities required in providing respiratory care to patients in a variety of clinical settings
Some activities carried out by professional Respiratory Care Practitioners include:
- Obtaining and analyzing blood specimens
- Testing lung capacity
- Performing cardiac stress tests and cardiopulmonary tests.
- Studying disorders of patients with disruptive sleep patterns.
- Operating and maintaining oxygen and other breathing equipment.
- Employing mechanical ventilation equipment
- Administering aerosol medications
- Conducting rehabilitation activities
- Conducting smoke cessation programs
You are eligible to apply for the core Respiratory Care program once you are registered for your final semester of the prerequisite courses or if you have already completed the prerequisite courses listed. To apply, you must submit the following documents to the Admissions office:
- New paper application for the Respiratory Care program
- Program-Advising Sheet
- Indicate Traditional Full-Time Track or Online Part-Time Track
- List clinical site only if choosing Online Part-Time Track
- Class schedule showing enrolled classes (if taken somewhere other than SCC)
- Transcripts from high school/GED and other colleges (if applicable)
Clinical courses are provided by Southeast Community College as close to the local area as possible.
For additional program information contact Tom Klopfenstein, Pre-Health Advisor, 402-437-2781or email@example.com or advising through Mid-Plains Community College at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Southeast's Website at https://www.southeast.edu/respiratorycare/
***Please note that the associate of applied science degree for this program is awarded by Southeast Community College
The Respiratory Care Program through Southeast Community College accepts one new class each year. Prior to being accepted to the Respiratory Care Program, students are required to complete the following prerequisite courses.
Prerequisites to be taken at MPCC
- CHEM 1050/1051 Survey of Chemistry I w/lab OR
- CHEM 1090/1091 General Chemistry I w/lab 4.0
- BIOS 2250/2251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 4.0
- BIOS 2260/2261 Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 4.0
- BIOS 2460/2461Microbiology w/lab 4.0
General Education Courses
- ENGL 1010 English Comp I 3.0
- MATH 1010 Intermediate Algebra or higher 3.0
- OFFT 2500 Medical Terminology 3.0
- SPCH 1090 Fund. of Human Communication OR
- SPCH 1110 Public Speaking 3.0
- PSYC 1810 Intro to Psychology OR
- PSYC 2060 Lifespan Development OR
- SOCI 1010 Intro to Sociology OR
- SOCI 2500 Dealing With Diversity 3.0
For admission to a health program, all students must receive a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher in the general education courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in the science courses.