B.S. Degree with a Major in Respiratory Therapy Plan of Study

Requirements for the B.S. Degree with a Major in Respiratory Therapy*

Complete core courses in the following sequence.

Year 1 - Fall Term

Course Title

Credits

Notes

RSP 300 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care

3

RSP 330 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Lab

RSP 301 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

3

RSP 302 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

RSP 303 Patient Assessment

3

RSP 333 Patient Assessment Lab

1

RSP 351 Clinical Practice I

1

Total Semester Credits

15 

Year 2 - Spring Term

Course Title

Credits

Notes

RSP 304 Cardiopulmonary Diseases & Diagnostics

3

RSP 306 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

3

RSP 356 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation Lab

1

RSP 410 Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare

3

CHHS 411 Research and Evaluation Methods in Human Services

3

RSP 352 Clinical Practice II

Total Semester Credits

 15

Year 2 - Fall Term

Course Title

Credits

Notes

RSP 402 Advanced Techniques in Mechanical Ventilation

3

RSP 307 Advanced Critical Care Management

3

RSP 309 Advanced Critical Care Management Lab

1

RSP 308 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care

RSP 401 Evidence-Based Practice in Respiratory Care

3

RSP 353 Clinical Practice III

2

Total Semester Credits

15

Year 2 - Spring Term

Course Title

Credits

Notes

RSP 412 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care

3

RSP 403 Healthcare Management and Leadership

3

RSP 470 Capstone Project

RSP 320 Exam and Career Preparation

RSP 454 Clinical Practice IV

3

Total Semester Credits

15

Degree Credit Total: 60

Curriculum will be published in the offical University Catalogue during the catalogue publication cycle.

Student progression in the program is contingent upon the following:

  • Students must maintain at least a 2.50 overall GPA and a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in all core courses.
  • Students found to have been in violation of the university’s Academic Honor Code will be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the current Code of Student Life.
  • Students found to be in violation of the Respiratory Therapy Program Policies outlined in the Student Handbook will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program.
  • Students found to be in violation of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program.

Because many of the required courses are sequential and have prerequisites, it is vital for students to complete them successfully in the proper sequence. In addition to university studies requirements and Respiratory Therapy requirements, students must take elective courses to satisfy the university requirement of a minimum of 120 hours.


Additional Program Cost Estimates*

  • Compliance Requirement and Monitoring: $105 (background check, drug screen, clinical tracker) 
  • Identification Badges: $20 
  • Uniforms: $150 (prices may vary and are dependent upon student selection) 
  • Stethoscope: $65 (prices may vary and are dependent upon student selection) 
  • CPR Certification through the American Heart Association for Health Care Providers: $75 
  • Students are responsible for transportation required for clinical practice rotations.

Post-Graduation Credentialing Cost Estimates

National Board for Respiratory Care Exam fees for graduates: 

  • Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Credentialing Examination Fee: $190 
  • Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) Credentialing Examination: Fee $200 

 *Costs are estimates and subject to change.