Respiratory Care Degree | Southwestern Illinois College

Course Sequence

Acceptance to the program is required before an applicant will be permitted to register for RC courses.

Respiratory Care Degree

Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science Degree (020A) Course Sequence

This is a 71-credit hour, two-year accredited degree program consisting of:

17 credit hours of general education courses

54 credit hours of respiratory care courses

The curriculum includes biological and physical sciences basic to understanding the function of the cardiopulmonary system, RC technical courses and assigned clinical experiences.

Course Information

General Education Courses

General education courses can be completed prior to admission. These courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, Red Bud campuses or online. If general education courses are not completed prior to admission, they must be completed during the semesters indicated above.

Respiratory Care Courses

The RC program courses begin each fall for those applicants accepted into the program. These courses are offered at SWIC Belleville Campus. Medical Terminology and Human Biology must be completed prior to Fall semester RC courses. View the course sequence.

Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical experience courses are completed off campus in various Respiratory Care employment settings. Students may be required to travel outside of the college district for clinical experience courses and must complete Background checks and drug testing prior to first clinical. Clinical practice courses begin as early as the first fall semester and continue every semester until program completion. Clinical practice may be on a day, evening, night, or weekend shift. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.