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Curriculum

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 307 Disease Management I 1  
RESP 313 Cardiopulmonary Physiology I 4  
RESP 316 Teaching and Learning in Respiratory Therapy 2
RESP 317 Clinical Application I: Basic Respiratory Care 2 90
RESP 321 Physical Principles of Respiratory Care 2  
RESP 343 Clinical Lab I 3  
Total 14 90
Spring Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 308 Disease Management II 3
RESP 318 Clinical Application II: Introduction to Critical Care 3  135
RESP 323 Cardiopulmonary Physiology II    4  
RESP 346 Ventilatory Support 5  
Total (clinical hours are cumulative)
15 225
Summer Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 309 Disease Management III 2
RESP 319 Clinical Application III: Comprehensive Respiratory Care I 4 180
RESP 352 Clinical Instruction and Lab II 2  
RESP 414 Concepts in Critical Care I 2
RESP 450 Clinical Elective* (optional for this semester) 1-3  
Total (clinical hours are cumulative)
10-13 405

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 347 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RESP 401 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice in Respiratory Care 3
RESP 407 Clinical Application IV: Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care 2 90
RESP 410 Clinical Application V: Comprehensive Respiratory Care II 3 135
RESP 422 Sleep Disorders, Polysomnography and Sleep Technology I 1
RESP 424 Senior Seminar I 1
ENGL 302 Professional Communications I .5
PHRM 301 Pharmacology 2
Total (clinical hours are cumulative) 15.5-17.5 630
Spring Semester Credit Hours Clinical Hours
RESP 413 Clinical Application VI - Comprehensive Respiratory Care III 3 135
RESP 415 Concepts in Critical Care 3  
RESP 443 Leadership and Professional Behaviors 1
RESP 446 Patient Care Independent Study elective* (Four 8-hour shifts w/project) 1 45
*Students with instructor permission may petition for a different Independent Study elective when it can be accommodated
ENGL 303 Professional Communications II .5
HUMA 420 Ethics and the Health Professions 3
RESP 450 Clinical Elective* 1-3 45-135
RESP 496 Teaching Independent Study Elective* 1-3 45-135
RESP 497 Research Independent Study Elective* 1-3 45-135
RESP 498 Leadership/Management Independent Study Elective* 1-3 45-135
Total (clinical hours are cumulative)
14.5-16.5 810
Total Program Credit Hours 69-73
Total Program Clinical Hours 810
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