Respiratory Care:
Master of Science Curriculum


PREPROFESSIONAL PHASE - PROGRAM PREREQUISITES   
The preprofessional phase (lower-division college-level course work) requires a minimum of 29 quarter hours of prescribed study as outlined below. 
General Education Requirements
Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree to include general education course work in mathematics (college algebra or above), communications, humanities and social and behavioral sciences as outlined below:

 

Semester Credit Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

Communications (English, composition)

6

9

Mathematics (college algebra or higher)

3

3

Humanities, Fine Arts, Philosophy or Ethics (may not include a performance class)

6

6

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.

16

43

  TOTAL

31

61

 

Professional Prerequisites*

Semester Credit Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

Human Anatomy and Physiology (or 4 hrs. Anatomy and 4 hrs. Physiology)

8

8

Chemistry (with Lab)

4

4

Physics (with Lab)

4

4

Microbiology (with Lab)

4

4

Psychology (courses with prefixes PSYC)

3

3

Computer Science (includes computer literacy

3

3

Statistics

3

3

  TOTAL

29

29

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 511

Introduction to Respiratory Care

5

RC 512

Cardiopulmonary Physiology

5

RC 513

Respiratory Equipment and Techniques

5

IDS 510

Health Care in America

2

 

TOTAL

17

 

Winter Quarter

 

Quarter Hours

RC 521

Patient Assessment

5

RC 522

Pulmonary Disease

5

RC 523

Mechanical Ventilation

4

RC 524

Pharmacology

3

 

TOTAL

17

Spring Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 531

Critical Care

5

RC 532

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing

5

RC 533

Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care

5

RC 534

Clinical Observation

2

 

TOTAL

17

Summer Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 561

Education

5

RC 562

Management

5

RC 563

Introduction to Research

5

RC 564

Clinical Observation

2

 

TOTAL

17

   SECOND YEAR

Fall Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 571

Clinical Practice I

12

RC 572

Clinical Seminar I

3

RC 573

Research Project

2

 

TOTAL

17

Winter Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 581

Clinical Practice II

12

RC 582

Clinical Seminar II

3

RC 583

Research Project

2

 

TOTAL

17

Spring Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 591

Clinical Practice III

12

RC 592

Clinical Seminar III

3

RC 593

Research Project

2

 

TOTAL

17

                      TOTAL Hours for Respiratory Care Program:                                   119
           

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 512

Cardiopulmonary Physiology

5

IDS 510

Health Care in America

2

 

TOTAL

7

Winter Quarter – Year 1 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 522

Pulmonary Disease

5

RC 524

Pharmacology

3

 

TOTAL

8

Spring Quarter – Year 1 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 532

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing

5

 

Elective

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

SECOND YEAR

Fall Quarter – Year 2 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 511

Introduction to Respiratory Care

5

RC 513

Respiratory Equipment and Techniques

5

 

TOTAL

10

Winter Quarter – Year 2 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 521

Patient Assessment

5

RC 523

Mechanical Ventilation

4

 

TOTAL

9

Spring Quarter – Year 2 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 531

Critical Care

5

RC 533

Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care

5

RC 534

Clinical Observation I

2

 

TOTAL

12

Summer Quarter – Year 2 – Three-year Track

Quarter Hours

RC 401/563

Research

5

RC 404/564

Clinical Observation II

2

 

TOTAL

7

THIRD YEAR


Fall Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 571

Clinical Practice I

12

RC 572

Clinical Seminar I

3

RC 573

Research Project

2

 

TOTAL

17

Winter Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 581

Clinical Practice II

12

RC 582

Clinical Seminar II

3

RC 583

Research Project

2

 

TOTAL

17

Spring Quarter

Quarter Hours

RC 591

Clinical Practice III

12

RC 592

Clinical Seminar III

3

RC 593

Research Project

2

 

TOTAL

17

 

              TOTAL Hours for Respiratory Care Program:                             119 - 121