Respiratory Care:
Bachelor of Science Curriculum


PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
All program pre-requisite courses must be taken prior to entry into the first year of the regular professional program (alterations in the student's planned program require written approval by the Department Chair / Program Director).  Registration for the first sequence of professional courses in the program requires:

  1. Admission into the program;
  2. Completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Psychology, Computer Science and Statistics with a grade of "C" or better; and
  3. Consent of the Committee on Progress and Promotions for Respiratory Care. 

Please note:  Individuals holding the RRT credential may be admitted to the program prior to completion of all program prerequisites.


PREPROFESSIONAL PHASE - PROGRAM PREREQUISITES   
The preprofessional phase (lower-division college-level course work) requires a minimum of 60 quarter hours of prescribed study as outlined below. 
General Education Requirements
Successful completion of general education course work in mathematics (college algebra or above), communications, humanities and biological, social and behavioral sciences as outlined below:

 

Semester Credit Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

Communications (English, composition)

6

8

Speech (oral communication)

3

4

Mathem*atics (college algebra or higher)

3

4

Humanities, Philosophy or Ethics

6

8

Fine arts (may not include a performance class)

3

4

Social and Behavioral Sciences (must include at least one course in psychology)

9

12

Elective courses in Communications, Humanities, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Ethics, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences or Computer Science to total 60 semester credit hours for the core general education requirements for the College.

4

17

  TOTAL

34

57

PROFESSIONAL PHASE - RESPIRATORY CARE PROFESSIONAL COURSES
Two-Year Track Option
Students accepted into the professional phase begin course work in the fall quarter of the first year of the program.  Course work in the professional phase is taken on a full-time basis in the following sequence:
   FIRST YEAR


Fall Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 311

Introduction to Respiratory Care

5

RC 312

Cardiopulmonary Physiology

5

RC 313

Respiratory Equipment and Techniques

5

IDS 510

Health Care in America

2

 

TOTAL

17

Winter Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 321

Patient Assessment

5

RC 322

Pulmonary Disease

5

RC 323

Mechanical Ventilation

4

RC 324

Pharmacology

3

 

TOTAL

17

Spring Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 331

Critical Care

5

RC 332

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing

5

RC 333

Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care

5

RC 334

Clinical Observation I

2

 

TOTAL

17

Summer Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 401/561

Education*

5

RC 402/562

Management*

5

RC 403/563

Introduction to Research*

5

RC 404/604

Clinical Observation II

2

 

TOTAL

17

   *Electives

  SECOND YEAR


Fall Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 411

Clinical Practice I

12

RC 412

Clinical Seminar I

3

 

TOTAL

15

Winter Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 421

Clinical Practice II

12

RC 422

Clinical Seminar II

3

 

TOTAL

15

Spring Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 431

Clinical Practice III

12

RC 432

Clinical Seminar III

3

 

TOTAL

15

RC 431

Clinical Practice III

12

RC 432

Clinical Seminar III

3

 

TOTAL

15

 

                       TOTAL Hours for Respiratory Care                                              98 - 108

THREE-YEAR TRACK OPTION
The three-year track option of the professional phase is available to prospective students who still need to complete one or two of the program prerequisites, or wish to take a reduced course load due to work or family obligations.  In order to be eligible for this track, students must complete 50 of the required 60 semester hours of program prerequisites prior to enrolling in the Respiratory Care Program.  The student may then complete the remaining program prerequisites during year one and two of the three-year track.  It is highly recommended that anatomy and physiology are completed before starting any track. 
The professional courses work begins in the fall quarter of the first year of the program on a part time basis. Course work on the three-year track is taken on a part-time basis for years one and two and on a full time basis for year three in the following sequence:

   FIRST YEAR


Fall Quarter – Year 1 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 312

Cardiopulmonary Physiology

5

IDS 510

Health Care in America

2

 

TOTAL

7

Winter Quarter – Year 1 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 322

Pulmonary Disease

5

RC 324

Pharmacology

3

 

TOTAL

8

Spring Quarter – Year 1 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 332

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing

5

 

Elective  (Ethics, Statistics)

2

 

TOTAL

5-7

Summer Quarter – Year 1 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 401/561

Education*

5

RC 402/562

Management*

5

 

TOTAL

10

   *Electives
 
   SECOND YEAR


Fall Quarter – Year 2 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 311

Introduction to Respiratory Care

5

RC 313

Respiratory Equipment and Techniques

5

 

TOTAL

10

Winter Quarter – Year 2 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 321

Patient Assessment

5

RC 323

Mechanical Ventilation

4

 

TOTAL

9

Spring Quarter – Year 2 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 331

Critical Care

5

RC 333

Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care

5

RC 334

Clinical Observation I

2

 

TOTAL

12

Summer Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 603

Introduction to Research*

5

RC 404/604

Clinical Observation II

2

 

TOTAL

7

   *Electives

 

    THIRD YEAR


Fall Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 411

Clinical Practice I

12

RC 412

Clinical Seminar I

3

 

TOTAL

15

Winter Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 421

Clinical Practice II

12

RC 422

Clinical Seminar II

3

 

TOTAL

15

Spring Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 431

Clinical Practice III

12

RC 432

Clinical Seminar III

3

 

TOTAL

15

 

                       TOTAL Hours for Respiratory Care                                              98 - 108

 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completion of all required course work with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  2. Completion of each required respiratory care professional course with a grade of "C" or better.
  3. Successful completion of the National Board for Respiratory Care entry level examination (CRT) or an equivalent departmental examination.
  4. Successful completion of the National Board for Respiratory Care Registry examinations (WRRT and CSE) for Advanced Respiratory Therapists (RRT) or an equivalent departmental examination.
  5. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) course completion.
  6. Completion of all University requirements for graduation