Respiratory Therapy Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Prerequisite Courses
Anatomy/Physiology I/Lab BIO203 satisfies Area 5 requirement 4 BIO105 or BIO108 or BIO195
Anatomy/Physiology II/Lab BIO204 4 BIO203
Microbiology/Lab BIO205 4 BIO195 or BIO203
College Algebra for STEM MAT194 4 MAT099 or placement
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
PROGRAM CURRICULUM
Principles of Respiratory Therapy I RTH101 Fall, Year 1 4 co-reqs RTH111 and RTH121
Modalities of Respiratory Therapy I RTH111 Fall, Year 1 2 co-reqs RTH101 and RTH121
Clinical Practice in Respiratory Therapy I RTH121 Fall, Year 1 2 co-reqs RTH101 and RTH111
Respiratory Therapy Pharmacology RTH132 Fall, Year 1 1
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry/Lab CHM120 Fall, Year 1 4 ENG095 and MAT097 and RDG095 or placement
Principles of Respiratory Therapy II RTH102 Spring, Year 1 4 RTH101
Modalities of Respiratory Therapy II RTH112 Spring, Year 1 2 RTH101 and RTH111
Clinical Practice in Respiratory Therapy II RTH122 Spring, Year 1 2 RTH101and RTH111 and RTH121
Cardiopulmonary Physiology RTH134 Spring, Year 1 2
College Writing II ENG112 Spring, Year 1 3 ENG111
Principles of Respiratory Therapy III RTH201 Fall, Year 2 4 RTH102 and RTH112 and RTH122
Modalities of Respiratory Therapy III RTH211 Fall, Year 2 2 RTH102 and RTH112 and RTH122
Clinical Practice in Respiratory Therapy III RTH221 Fall, Year 2 4 RTH102 and RTH112 and RTH122
Cardiopulmonary Diseases RTH232 Fall, Year 2 2 RTH134
Principles of Psychology PSY101 satisfies Area 2 requirement Spring, Year 2 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Respiratory Therapy IV RTH202 Spring, Year 2 4 RTH201 and RTH211 and RTH221
Modalities of Respiratory Therapy IV RTH212 Spring, Year 2 2 RTH201 and RTH211 and RTH221
Clinical Practice in Respiratory Therapy IV RTH222 Spring, Year 2 4 RTH201 and RTH211 and RTH221
Total Credits 51

Additional Information

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Bunker Hill Community College will no longer be accepting students into this program as of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Program Overview

This 21-month respiratory therapist program prepares students through lectures, laboratory activities and hospital based hands-on clinical experience, to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. Respiratory students work under the direction of a physician in a variety of health care settings, such as acute hospitals, long term facilities, neonatal and pediatric care specialties, pulmonary rehabilitation and home care.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Respiratory Therapy program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

This program prepares students to pursue careers as respiratory therapists at the associate degree level and prepares students to be eligible to take the CRT Examination offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Having successfully earned the CRT credential the graduate is eligible to take the advanced-level NBRC Registry examinations to earn the RRT credential. Respiratory care practitioners are licensed in the state of Massachusetts.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Administer oxygen and other medical gases. 
  • Administer humidification and aerosol therapy, including aerosolized medications. 
  • Interpret and report tests in diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatment methods. 
  • Manage mechanical ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breath normally on their own. 
  • Perform postural drainage, bronchopulmonary hygiene, breathing exercises, pulmonary rehabilitation, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 
  • Educate patient and families about lung conditions so they can maximize their recovery.