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Curriculum Respiratory Therapy BS Career Ladder

The Department of Respiratory Therapy has adopted the career ladder model as the basis for accepting RRTs into the baccalaureate degree completion program. Registered respiratory therapists may advance their education while minimizing duplication of knowledge and skills. Students are required to complete 129 total hours for the degree, with a minimum of 33 credits earned in the Respiratory Therapy department.

Plan of Study by Semester

The plan of study provides a detailed look by semester at the recommended timing for completing each course in the program.

Program of Study

Courses
Credits
General Requirements
Applicants to this program must meet the core requirements for undergraduates for Core Areas A, B, C, E & Physical Education.
See Core Curriculum Checklist
35 credits
Core Area D for Clinical Health Majors
11 credits
Note: Area D "science with lab" sequence courses are not currently available in a fully or partially online format. To fulfill program completion requirements, students have two options for completing their Area D science with lab requirement:
  • Enroll in equivalent science with lab courses at another college/university as a transient student. Note: The course content for each course must be equivalent to the course descriptions provided in Armstrong's Undergraduate Catalog to receive transfer credit.
  • Enroll in Armstrong's on-campus science lab courses.
 
Select one science sequence from the following courses: 8 credits
BIOL 1107/1108
 
CHEM 1151/1152
 
CHEM 1211/1212
 
PHYS 1111/1112  
PHYS 2211/2212 Principles of Physics I / Principles of Physics II  
MATH 2200 Elementary Statistics 3 credits

Core Area F - Courses appropriate to Major and Transferable RT Courses

50 credits
BIOL 2081 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIOL 2082 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
BIOL 2275 Microorganisms & Disease 4 credits
PHYS 1111 3 credits
PHSC 1211 Physical Environment (no lab)  
Approved elective 3 credits

Transfer courses from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program

32 credits
Total for General Requirements 96 credits
Program Requirements
Courses
Credits
Total Credit Hours Offered In Program Requirements: 39 credits
Student will select a total of 33 credit hours from the total credit hours offered.  Required courses marked with asterisk (*) must be included in the 33 credit hours selected.

* indicates a required course
 
HLPR 2000 Introduction to Research in the Health Professions 2 credits
RESP 2110 Medical Terminology 3 credits
RESP 3210 Clinical Pharmacology 3 credits
RESP 3315 Principles of Mechanical Ventilation 3 credits
RESP 3400 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3 credits
*RESP 3700 Introduction to Advanced Practice in Respiratory Care 3 credits
RESP 4110 Advanced Ventilatory Support 3 credits
RESP 4130 Perinatal Care 4 credits
RESP 4140 Cardiopulmonary Medicine 3 credit
RESP 4215 Professional Issues in Respiratory Care 3 credits
*RESP 4700 Preceptorship in Cardiopulmonary Care 6 credits
*And one of the following required courses: 3 credits
HSCC 2200 Health Communications  
HSCP 2000 Ethical Theories/Moral Issues in Health  
HSCC 2300 Management of Health Information  
Or other approved course  
Total for Program Requirements 33 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

129 or more credit

Course Descriptions

BIOL 1107 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I
Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL 1101
Elements of chemistry, cell structure and function, DNA and protein synthesis, biotechnology, bioenergetics, evolution and diversity of life, experimental design and data analysis.
BIOL 1108 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II
Prerequisite BIOL 1107 (minimum grade of C) or BIOL 1107H (minimum grade of C)
Diversity of life, Mendelian and human genetics, evolutionary biology, principles of ecology, experimental design and data analysis.
BIOL 2081 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107H, CHEM 1151, CHEM 1211 or CHEM 1010
Gross anatomy, histology and physiology of human organ systems. (Non-majors course intended for health professions students.)
BIOL 2082 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Prerequisite: BIOL 2081 (minimum grade of C)
A continuation of BIOL 2081. Anatomy, histology and physiology of human organ systems. (Non-majors course intended for health professions students.)
BIOL 2275 MICROORGANISMS & DISEASE
Prerequisite: BIOL 2082 (minimum grade of C)
Morphology, genetics, physiology and public health importance of microorganisms, with emphasis on bacterial pathogens. (Non-majors course intended for health professions students.)
CHEM 1151 SURVEY OF CHEMISTRY I
Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1111
First course in a two-semester sequence covering elementary principles of general, organic and biochemistry designed for allied health profession majors.
CHEM 1152 SURVEY OF CHEMISTRY I
Prerequisite: CHEM 1151
Second course in a two-semester sequence covering elementary principles of general, organic and biochemistry designed for allied health profession majors.
CHEM 1211 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 1111 or eligibility for MATH 1113
First course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry designed for science majors. Topics include composition of matter, nomenclature, atomic structure, bonding and molecular geometries, stoichiometry, properties of solids, liquids, gases, acids and bases, thermochemistry and periodic relations. The lab reinforces these topics.
CHEM 1212 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211 (minimum grade of C) and MATH 1111
Second course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry designed for science majors. Topics include solutions, thermodynamics, equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry and introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. The lab reinforces these topics.
HLPR 2000 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and MATH 2200 and either MATH 1101 or MATH 1111
Introduction to the methods of scientific research in the health professions. Steps of the research process, critique or research reports and completion of literature review.
HSCC 2200 HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
Introduces students to fundamental communication principles, focusing on developing the skills required to effectively present and convey professional and health-related information to diverse audiences. The course focuses on oral skills, written skills, organizational skills and communication skills involving new technology and media.
HSCC 2300 MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATION
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
A survey of commonly used computer applications in the health sciences, focusing on the effective use and communication of healthcare data and information.
HSCP 2000 ETHICAL THEORIES/MORAL ISSUES IN HEALTH
Theories and issues in the ethics of public health, healthcare and health promotion. Contemporary issues, such as health bioethics, DNA manipulation, contraception and end-of-life decisions.
MATH 2200 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
Prerequisites: 1001 or MATH 1101 or MATH 1111
Measure of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions, inferences concerning means and proportions, goodness of fit, correlation and linear regression.
PHSC1211 PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1111
Fundamental concepts, laws and theories of physics. For non-science majors interested in a quantitative survey of the physics underlying the universe, including motion, energy, electricity and astronomy.
PHYS1111K INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I
Prerequisite: MATH 1113 with a grade of C or better
Introductory mechanics, thermodynamics and waves using elementary algebra and trigonometry. Includes laboratory investigation of these concepts.
PHYS1112K INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II
Prerequisite: PHYS 1111K (minimum grade of C)
Introductory electromagnetism, optics and modern physics using elementary algebra and trigonometry. Includes laboratory investigation of these concepts.
PHYS2211K PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I
Prerequisite: MATH 1161 (minimum grade of C)
Introductory mechanics, thermodynamics and waves using elementary differential calculus. Includes laboratory investigation of these concepts.
PHYS2212K PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II
Prerequisite: PHYS 2211K (minimum grade of C) and MATH 2072
Introductory electromagnetism, optics and modern physics using elementary differential and integral calculus. Includes laboratory investigation of these concepts.

RESP 2110 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3-0-3
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 The language of medicine and healthcare: word construction, definitions, spelling, abbreviations, symbols and information technology systems. Development of ability to comprehend and discuss medical records and professional journals. Development of effective written and oral communication skills.
RESP 3210 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY 3-0-3
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Head
Principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, dynamics, drug interactions and toxicology, emphasizing drug groups used in treatment of cardiopulmonary disease.
RESP 3315 PRINCIPLES OF MECHANICAL VENTILATION 2-3-3
Prerequisites: RESP 3210 or Permission of Department Head.
Student focus on the operating principles of ventilators used in critical care. Pneumatic and electronic circuits, setting the control panel, phasing the respiratory cycle, ventilator modes, alarms and troubleshooting will be emphasized.
RESP 3400 CARDIOPULMONARY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3-0-3
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Head.
Emphasis on cardiopulmonary disease resulting from the most commonly seen illnesses in the region; microbiologically mediated disease (including agents, etiology, and issues related to bioterror); trauma; and lifestyle issues, such as both indoor and outdoor air quality, sleep disordered breathing and obesity.
RESP 3700 INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED PRACTICE IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3-0-3
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Head.
This transitional course is designed to allow students who are entering the program to learn the essentials of scholarly inquiry as they conduct basic research in respiratory therapy.
RESP 4110 ADVANCED VENTILATORY SUPPORT 2-3-3
Prerequisite: RESP 3400 or Permission of Department Head.
Case-oriented approach to management of the ventilator dependent patient. Patient assessment and modification of the care plan based on patient response.
RESP 4130 PERINATAL CARE 3-3-4
Prerequisite: RESP 3400 or Permission of Department Head.
Care of the pediatric and neonatal patient in the critical care environment. Patient assessment and initiation and modification of the care plan based on patient response.
RESP 4140 CARDIOPULMONARY MEDICINE 3-0-3
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Head.
A problem-solving approach to the pathophysiology and medical management of cardiopulmonary problems encountered in the hospital setting.
RESP 4215 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3-0-3
Prerequisites: RESP 3400 or Permission of Department Head.
A senior capstone course with emphasis on the economics of healthcare, fundamental principles of management and leadership, applied research and legal issues.
RESP 4700 PRECEPTORSHIP IN CARDIOPULMONARY CARE 6-0-6
Prerequisite: RESP 3400 or Permission of Department Head.
Curriculum provides professional preceptor training program for degree completion candidates. The course is designed to encourage preceptor practice and encourage graduates to serve as mentors and clinical preceptors at their home facility. Specialized training as preceptor for asthma education or sleep disorders specialty credential is encouraged.

Summary

Format Online
Credits Required 129
Tuition per credit hour
(not including fees)
$220
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