The RSP program follows and enforces the Oakland Community College and the clinical
affiliated agencies’ policy for maintaining a drug-free campus and work place. Therefore,
negative result for a urine drug screen test (no drugs found) is a requirement for
admission into the program. All students selected for admission must have a urine
drug screen test at their own expense and must be drug free in order to be eligible
for admission. More details about the process of drug testing (where to be tested,
the cost of the test, and how the results of the testing are reported to the Health
Professions Department) will be sent to the selected students in the information packet
and can be obtained from the RSP Program Director.
Health Insurance is strongly encouraged. The college, the health care facilities
and workman’s compensation do not cover the students against accidents or illness.
Students are responsible for the cost of any medical or emergency care.
A current health history and physical examination are required within one month prior
to starting the respiratory program. The Medical History and Health Examination forms
are available through the Health Professions Department. All required immunization
and tuberculin (TB) test or chest x-ray (if TB is positive) must be done as a part
of the initial examination.
Tuberculosis screening must be repeated and submitted annually (either Tuberculin
skin test (TB test) or TB Screening Questionnaire). Students who drop out of the Respiratory
Therapy Program for more than one year must have another physical examination and
have the appropriate forms on file prior to resuming clinical experiences.
All respiratory students must provide documentation for measles, mumps, rubella,
varicella (chickenpox), Tdap, Hepatitis B, and influenza (annually, during flu season).
For Hepatitis B, either proof of immunity or a signed declination of immunization
must be submitted. IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.
Other Admission Requirements
Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BLS-HCP) through the American Heart
Association must be completed prior to the first clinical RSP course at OCC. Students
are required to show evidence of current BLS Healthcare Provider Certification. Certifications
must be renewed prior to the card expiration.
All required information must be submitted to the RSP Program Director by the specified
dates. Furthermore, other requirements may be added at any time if necessary, to
meet the needs of the external agencies.
Students who do not pay tuition by the deadline will be deregistered and will not
be registered again in the same semester. Students who have been deregistered and
have not yet started the program may lose their seat in the program. Students who
have been deregistered and have already begun the program will be registered when
space is available.
Second year respiratory students are required to maintain current health records and
a CPR certificate, liability insurance and results of TB test (or chest x-ray) in
the Department of Health Professions Office. Any second year respiratory student who
is not in compliance with these regulations, prior to fall instruction, will be denied
entrance to the clinical component.
- Students must receive passing grades ("C" or higher) in every required course (General
Education AND RSP courses- 85 credits) to graduate from the program.
- Each student must 0btain a passing score on the NBRC Comprehensive Self-Assessment
Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC) one semester prior to the anticipated date of
- Students must obtain a passing score on all competency assessments and clinical summary
evaluations in each clinical rotation.