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Respiratory Therapy, B.S.

This is a two-year upper-division program which includes all classroom, laboratory and clinical coursework necessary so that students learn all the technical aspects of the art and science of Respiratory Therapy techniques along with more advanced skills and knowledge through coursework in leadership/management, research and education. The program has a ten-week summer clinical clerkship between the junior and senior academic years.

For individual course descriptions, please visit the Academic Catalog

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 317 Clinical Application I: Basic Respiratory Care 1 45
RESP 321 Physical Principles of Respiratory Care 2  
RESP 343 Clinical Lab I 3  
RESP 307 Disease Management I 3  
RESP 313 Cardiopulmonary Physiology I 3  
ENGL 325 Professional and Technical Writing 3  
Total 15 45
Spring Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 323 Cardiopulmonary Physiology II    3  
RESP 346 Ventilatory Support 5  
RESP 318 Clinical Application II: Introduction to Critical Care 2  90
RESP 308 Disease Management II 3
HUMA 420 Ethics and the Health Professions 3  
Total (clinical hours are cumulative)
16 140
Summer Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 348 Clinical Lab II (75 hours)  2  
RESP 347 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RESP 319 Clinical Application III: Comprehensive Respiratory Care I 4 180
RESP 339 Global Teaching for the Respiratory Therapist 2
RESP 450 Clinical Elective* (optional for this semester) 1-3  
Total (clinical hours are cumulative)
11-14 320

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 401 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice in Respiratory Care 3
RESP 330 Concepts in Hemodynamics 2
RESP 431 Cardiopulmonary Home Care and Rehabilitation     2  
RESP 407 Clinical Application IV: Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care 4 180
RESP 410 Clinical Application V: Comprehensive Respiratory Care II 4 180
RESP 422 Sleep Disorders, Polysomnography and Sleep Technology I 1
Total (clinical hours are cumulative)                                                    
16 680
Spring Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
PHRM 301 Pharmacology 2  
RESP 438 Acid-Base Physiology 3  
RESP 436 Leadership and Management 2
RESP 423 Sleep Disorders, Polysomnography and Sleep Technology II 1 45
RESP 413 Clinical Application VI - Comprehensive Respiratory Care III 4 130
Students must complete an additional 3 credits from the following prior to graduation.
RESP 496 Teaching Independent Study Elective* 1-3 45-130
RESP 497 Research Independent Study Elective* 1-3 45-130
RESP 498 Leadership/Management Independent Study Elective* 1-3 45-130
RESP 446 Patient Care Independent Study Elective* 1-3 45-130
RESP 450 Clinical Elective* (may be taken prior to this semester) 1-3 45-130
Total (clinical hours are cumulative)
15 980
Total Program Credit Hours 73
Total Program Clinical Hours 980
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