Extended Degree - Associate in Applied Science (RSP.APP)
This program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is designated as an Extended Degree Program in that the student must complete a minimum
of 73 or more required credit hours.
The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, www.coarc.com and is a RRT-level program. Our goal is to prepare students to be
competent registered respiratory therapists upon completion of this program.
The first year consists of pre-respiratory therapy courses and the second year consists of both theory and clinical experience specific to respiratory care of patients in hospitals,
extended care facilities, nursing homes or outpatient clinics. For admission to the second year of the program, see Program Admission Procedures below.
Respiratory Therapists who graduated from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) but do not have the required college credit
will be able to take these credits at OCC and be granted a degree upon completion.
Program Admission Procedures:
Students must first be admitted to the college and must declare Respiratory Therapy (RSP) as their curriculum. Each year a limited number of students are admitted to
the program through a selection procedure. Basic admission requirements include:
- Attendance at a respiratory therapy information session
- Graduation from high school or GED
- Declaration of Respiratory Therapy as the designated curriculum choice.
- Completion of all required supportive courses with a grade of 'C' or higher.
- Completion of General Education Requirements with a grade of 'C' or higher.
- Overall Grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better.
- HESI admission assessment (A2) exam completed at OCC. Minimum composite score of 75% on each section, achieved same testing session. One retake permitted; fee each attempt.
- Attendance at a record review session.
- Completion of BIO 1570 or BIO 2710; BIO 2630; BIO 2640; CHE 1000 or CHE 1510; and MAT 1100 or higher, with 2.0 or better grade point within five years of the start of the fall
respiratory therapy courses.
Students who meet the basic eligibility admission requirements and apply by the deadline will be included in the selection process. All requirements must be
completed by DECEMBER 15 of the year preceding intended enrollment in the respiratory therapy program. Notification of the selection decision will be sent by
mail by MARCH 15. Students will be scored on three criteria: GPA of the required supportive English, Math, Biology and Chemistry courses, the number of
required supportive English, Math, Biology and Chemistry courses repeated, and the number of required supportive English, Math, Biology and Chemistry courses transferred to OCC.
Requirements and procedures for admission may be found on the respiratory therapy web site and in the program information booklet available at
Students must obtain a grade of ‘C’ or better in all currently required college and program courses for an Associate in Applied Science in order to be certified as eligible to take the
national credential examinations administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care.
The policies and regulations regarding admission, progression and retention in the respiratory therapy program, as well as certification, registry, and state licensure qualifications are
outlined in the Respiratory Therapy Student Handbook which is provided to each student enrolled in the respiratory therapy program. In addition to the regular tuition, respiratory
therapy students incur extra costs such as liability insurance, pre-admission health examination, uniforms, supplies, travel and registry application.
The Respiratory Therapy Program is designed as a full-time program. Supportive courses must be completed before entering the respiratory therapy training portion.
A mandatory criminal history check will be conducted on all students selected to the Respiratory Therapy Program, prior to the start of the program. 1) Conviction of a felony or any
attempt to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or 2) conviction of a misdemeanor within the 10 years immediately preceding
the criminal history check, will preclude eligibility for admission. In addition, all selected students must have a drug screen test prior to the start of the program. For details
contact the Respiratory Therapy Department at 248.233.2919.