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Scope of Instruction
The goal of the METC-TESC Respiratory Therapy 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 therapist (RRTs).
The Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program (IRTP), in consortium with Thomas Edison State College, provides multi-service enlisted personnel the knowledge of aerosol/humidity therapy, ventilation therapy, pulmonary function testing, infection control, cardiopulmonary drug administration, and critical patient care performed under the direction of a physician.

The program consists of lectures, group activities, demonstrations, hands-on instruction and clinical practice. Practical exercises and written examinations are used to assess accumulation and retention of knowledge and skills. Upon completion of each clinical rotation, students are expected to demonstrate competency in all modalities of respiratory care.

The IRTP is a two-phased Interservice Training Review Organization (ITRO) course. The program is designed to fill the needs of the US Army (USA), US Navy (USN) and, US Army Reserve (USAR) components for highly qualified respiratory care practitioners.

Army and Army Reserve Soldiers only will complete eight weeks of general education courses from Thomas Edison State College; three credit hours of English composition II, three credit hours of social studies, and three credit hours of college math. The following four weeks consist of general medical courses intended to prepare students without prior medical background for the subsequent respiratory care courses.

Navy Sailors will join the Army and Army Reserve Soldiers for the following 16 weeks of didactic training, conducted at the Medical Education and Training Campus, Fort Sam Houston (FSH), Texas (TX).

Phase 2 clinical training is an additional 16 weeks that is conducted at , Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), FSH, TX.

The program culminates with Soldiers and Sailors taking the National Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Examination and graduating with an associate's degree in applied science with emphasis in respiratory care.

Watch this video to learn more about what a Respiratory Specialist (68v) does:

Accreditation Status
The METC-TESC Respiratory Therapy Program, Medical Education and Training Campus, Fort Sam Houston, Texas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

CoARC Contact Information:
      Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
      1248 Harwood Rd.
      Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
      Phone (817) 283-2835, fax (817) 354-8519.

Program Requirements
Active Army:
SPC promotable and SGT non-promotable. The service remaining requirement (SRR) upon completion of this course is 28 months in accordance with (IAW) AR 614-200, Chapter 4, Table 4-1.

Reserve Component:
SPC promotable and SGT. The SRR upon completion of this course is 28 months IAW AR 614-200, Chapter 4, Table 4-1.

Navy Hospital Corpsmen (HM) personnel only:
Specific application requirements for USN can be found in CANTRAC on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) or at URL (CAC required to access URL).

Navy personnel may be awarded NEC 8541 after successful completion of this program.

DoD Civilians:
All civilians who desire to attend training must have a DA Form 3838 or SF Form 182 signed by their supervisor. The form must be sent to the address below at a minimum of 30 days prior to training to ensure training seats are available. The unit will be responsible for the civilian travel and per diem expenses as well as maintaining them on the payroll.

       Course Director, Academy of Health Sciences
       Department of Medical Science
       ATTN: MCCS-HM, STE. 1229
       3151 Scott Road
       Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6138

Qualifying scores:
A minimum score of 105 in aptitude area ST in Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests administered prior to January 2, 2002. A minimum score of 102 in aptitude area ST in ASVAB tests administered on or after January 2, 2002.

Soldiers must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalency. Must have minimum of six semester hours of college; three hours English composition I, and three hours from one of the following courses:

Humanities Social Sciences Natural Science / Mathematics
Art  Anthropology Astronomy
Communications Archaeology Biology
Dance Cultural Geography Chemistry
Film Economics Computer Sciences*
Foreign Language History Environmental Science
Journalism Labor Studies Geology
Literature Political Science Mathematics
Music Psychology Meteorology
Philosophy Sociology Oceanography
Photography   Physical Geology
Radio & Television   Physics
Theater Arts    
Writing (advanced)   * not to include Data Processing or Computer Literacy
Both courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher, from a regionally accredited college or university. Soldiers who have not completed one or both of these courses may submit a passing CLEP score.

Soldiers must have good eye-hand coordination.

Prior to departure from home station, Soldiers are required to reenlist or extend their term of enlistment to meet the SRR upon completion of the course. When reporting for training and it is determined that Soldiers do not meet the SRR, they will not be accepted into the course unless they reenlist or extend to meet the SRR.

Enlisted women who are pregnant must be counseled and/or processed IAW AR 635-200.

The physical profile (PULHES) applies to initial entry Soldiers only and is not to be used as a prerequisite for Soldiers reclassifying into this MOS; the physical demand rating applies to Soldiers for reclassification.

For class start dates, special information and reporting instructions, please go to the IRTP couse page on ATRRS: Information For Course 300-68V20



ENC 102 English Composition II
       Course Description: This course essentially covers three aspects of one process: writing an effective research paper. To successfully write such a paper, a student must know how to gather the needed information, organize the information and write in clear prose, and formally document sources in an appropriate format.

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
       Course Description: Introduction to Psychology will provide you with a broad, general introduction to psychology. You will examine its basic subject matter, its approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence about the causes of behavior and the ways psychological knowledge can be applied to improve the quality of individual and community life. Taking this course is important preparation for more advanced courses in psychology, which develop in greater depth topics you will read about and/or discuss in this course.

MAT 105 Applied Liberal Mathematics
       Course Description: Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics offers a broad-based overview of mathematics intended for non-math majors. The course emphasizes problem solving modeled on real-life applications and satisfies competency requirements for graduation and transfer.


BIO 101 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
       Course Description: This course introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, digestive, genitourinary, endocrine, and nervous systems.

GEC 101 Medical Terminology
       Course Description: This course introduces the student to the unique vocabulary and abbreviations commonly used in the health care environment.

GEC 102 Health Communication
       Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of issues related to communication in health care settings and about health issues. The field of health communication is a diverse one, spanning across traditional subdisciplines of communication. This course will introduce students to theory and application of health communication strategies for use with patients, family members, coworkers, and other healthcare professionals.

BIO 121 Introduction to Microbiology
       Course Description: This course introduces the student to concepts pertaining to microbiology, to include cell structure and function, laboratory techniques, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. Also included are infections of body systems caused by microorganisms and the physical and chemical methods of control.

BIO 131 Growth and Development
       Course Description: This course provides introductory coverage of growth and development throughout the lifespan. The content emphasizes normal aspects as well as the unique problems and health promotion needs of each age and stage of development.

GEC 103 Basic Patient Assessment
       Course Description: This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic patient assessment, to include blood pressure, respirations, and pulse, as well as breath sound recognition. Students will perform assessments on each other during practical exercises.

GEC 104 Basic Life Support
       Course Description: This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond appropriately to a situation where a patient requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It will also instruct in the proper techniques used to manage a choking victim. The patient age range is from infant to adult. Upon completion of this course, the student will receive a BLS for Healthcare Providers card.

GEC 106 Equipment and Facilities Familiarization
       Course Description: This course will provide an opportunity for the student without a medical background to gain a basic familiarization with commonly used respiratory therapy equipment and supplies as well as tour a medical treatment facility and respiratory therapy department in order to better understand their function and purpose.


RESP 112 Introduction to Research
       Course Description: An introduction to research methods, experimental inquiry and naturalistic observations. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the necessary skills to conduct research in respiratory care. The primary purpose is to provide a foundation from which the student will critique, develop, and apply multiple research strategies.

RESP 101 Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals I
       Course Description: This course provides the new respiratory therapy student with lessons in the history and evolution of the profession of respiratory care, the legal and ethical implications of the profession, as well as the application of physical laws and principles to respiratory therapy modalities. Also included are the meaning and importance of infection control practices while working in a health care environment.

RESP 102 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology I
       Course Description: This course highlights the fundamental principles and concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to the practice of respiratory therapy.

RESP 122 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology II
       Course Description: This course highlights the fundamental principles and concepts of the physiology of breathing, chemistry and gas exchange as they relate to the practice of respiratory therapy.

RESP 103 Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals II
       Course Description: This course provides instruction on the use of medical gases, humidity, and aerosol therapy. It also introduces lung expansion and bronchopulmonary hygiene.

RESP 104 Respiratory Pharmacology
       Course Description: This course offers students a detailed understanding of the basic factors involved in the field of pharmacology for the respiratory therapist and the application of this field to pulmonary diseases.

RESP 204 Advanced Pharmacology
       Course Description: This course instructs students in advanced drugs, drug actions, delivery methods and ACLS drugs.

RESP 105 Physical Assessment
       Course Description: This course provides the information and skills necessary to physically examine a patient with cardiopulmonary disease, to include inspection of the chest, percussion, palpation, auscultation, written and computerized medical record documentation, nutritional considerations, laboratory data analysis and basic chest radiographic interpretation.

RESP 106 Airway Management
       Course Description: This course introduces the student to the skills, equipment and techniques required to obtain and maintain a patent airway in critically ill patients. It also provides an overview of the bronchoscopic procedure.

RESP 107 Diagnostic Monitoring
       Course Description: This course introduces students to basic pulmonary function techniques and interpretation; arterial blood gas analysis and various techniques of monitoring critically ill patients, to include performing EKGs and recognizing basic cardiac rhythms. The course also includes quality control measures used to ensure accurate diagnostic equipment measurements.

RESP 207 Advanced Diagnostic Monitoring
       Course Description: This course introduces advanced pulmonary function studies and assessment of critically ill patients using advanced hemodynamic monitoring.

RESP 108 Mechanical Ventilation I
       Course Description: This course introduces students to artificial mechanical ventilation, its indications and the physiologic effects of positive pressure breathing.

RESP 118 Mechanical Ventilation II
       Course Description: This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to understand and use mechanical ventilators, to include their clas¬sification, common modes, monitoring, and removal.

RESP 208 Advanced Concepts of Mechanical Ventilation
       Course Description: This course introduces students to more advanced monitoring techniques in the areas of ventilation and oxygenation for the adult patient. It also introduces advanced ventilator modes.

RESP 109 Pulmonary Pathologies
       Course Description: Pulmonary pathology provides an in-depth study of common diseases of the cardiopulmonary system, to include their etiology, pathophysiology, clinical picture and treatment.

RESP 110 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
       Course Description: This course discusses the embryological development, diagnosis and treatment of congenital pulmonary and cardiovascular anomalies, neonatal and pediatric pulmonary diseases, assessment and resuscitation of neonates, and principles of monitoring and mechanical ventilation for the neonatal and pediatric patient.

RESP 111 Community Health
       Course Description: This course is designed to instruct on continuity of care for chronic cardiopulmonary disease patients. The course includes physiologic concepts and therapeutic techniques utilized in rehabilitation, subacute and home settings. It also prepares the student to deliver smoking cessation education to patients who want to quit smoking.


RESP 114 Clinical I
       Course Description: This course provides students with an introduction to the hospital environment, the function of the respiratory therapy department, and the role and responsibilities of the respiratory therapist, to include reviewing medical charts, confidentiality and safety concerns, and orientation to the facility and equipment.

RESP 214 Clinical II
       Course Description: This course introduces respiratory therapy students into the hospital de¬partments and situations in which they may be expected to perform the pro¬cedures applicable to this point in their education. The course includes close supervision of the performance of these procedures.

RESP 224 Clinical III
       Course Description: This course provides students with the essential clinical skills necessary to function as competent respiratory therapists in critical care areas and focuses on airway management, mechanical ventilation, and monitoring.

RESP 234 Clinical IV
       Course Description: This course provides students with the skills necessary to competently perform all forms of pulmonary function tests, obtain and analyze blood gasses, and apply quality control measures in a pulmonary function lab.

RESP 244 Clinical V
       Course Description: This course provides students with the essential clinic skills necessary to function as competent respiratory therapists in neonatal and pediatric critical care areas.

RESP 254 Clinical VI
       Course Description: This course provides students with the skills necessary to administer respiratory care to patients in alternative settings. It also introduces the student to sleep studies, pulmonary rehabilitation, and smoking cessation education. In addition, it prepares the student for the national credentialing exam.

Admission Policy

Interested applicants must submit an official college transcript to:
      Thomas Edison State College
      Office of Military and Veteran Education
      ATTN: Louis Martini
      101 West State Street
      Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

Reserve component soldiers will arrive at Fort Sam Houston with the following items:
1. MPRJ 201 file
2. Medical record
3. Dental record
4. Complete basic clothing issue, to include running shoes.
5. DOD civilians must be assigned to a MEDCEN or MEDDAC and that facility will incur all costs associated with TDY training and travel.
6. Active Army must utilize DA Form 4187 and include ERB, DA Form 2-1, and letters of recommendation from a physician or a certified therapist, and letters of commendation from the chain of command evaluating applicant's potential and ability to complete the training.

       CDR, AMEDD Center & School
       AMEDD Personnel Proponent Directorate
       ATTN: MCCS-DE
       2427 Hood Street
       Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7584.

General Policies
1. The Army student must pass all the general education requirements, which include: psychology, English and math. Failure to pass any portion of the general education requirements will result in recommendation for relief from the course.

2. The Army student must pass all General Medical Orientation (GMO) requirements which include: CPR/BLS, eight exams and six labs. Failure to pass any portion of the GMO requirements will result in recommendation for relief from the course.

3. Students must pass all respiratory care courses during phase 1. Failure of three initial examinations during phase 1 will result in recommendation for academic relief.

4. Failure of an initial examination will result in remedial training and re-examination. Re-examination failure will result in recommendation for academic relief.

5. Students must receive a "GO" on all tasks. Remedial training and re-evaluations will be conducted for all tasks that receive a "NO-GO". Failure to demonstrate competency after remedial training and evaluations will result in a recommendation for academic relief.

6. The program director may recommend to the Department Chair that a student be relieved or recycled for any of the reasons stated in Section IV, Course Requirements of the Student Evaluation Plan (SEP).

Policies and Procedures for student withdrawal, probation, suspension and dismissal.

1. Students are evaluated on their ability to integrate didactic knowledge into practical skills and pass examinations based on the identified terminal learning objective for each class. The student must pass all blocks of instructions and objectives to successfully complete this course.

In phase 1, the accomplishment of these academic objectives is evaluated through the use of written, oral and practical (performance) tests as well as observation of appropriate and professional behavioral standards. In phase 2, the ability to meet course objectives is evaluated by performance checklists and evaluations. Students must receive a "GO" on all areas evaluated.

2. Overall Minimum Standards for phase 1 and phase 2.
       (a) The student must pass all written exams with a 70% or higher grade and successfully complete the requirements to obtain the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course certification in IAW the American Heart Association standards. Students must also pass practical exercises with a "GO." If the student average falls below 75%, the student is considered at risk for academic failure, will be counseled concerning this risk and required to attend a structured remedial training/study hall session. Once the student has achieved an average of 75% or greater, there is no longer the requirement to attend remedial training/study.
       (b) Students will be placed on academic probation if their average falls below 70%, fail an exam, or receive a "NO-GO" on a practical exam. The student will be counseled in writing and required to attend mandatory remedial training/study hall sessions until their average reaches 70% or better, or receives a "GO" on all practical tasks. If an exam or practical exercise is failed, the student will be re-taught and retested with an alternate version of the exam.
       (c) Tardiness is not tolerated. Tardiness may result in administrative and/or disciplinary action by the parent service and will be documented through formal counseling.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

The link below is to the section of the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) website that provides student and graduate outcome information of this program. It is available to all applicants.

Thomas Edison State College (TESC)

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