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Four Year Degree Requirements

The Respiratory Therapy Program offers professional preparation in respiratory therapy. The education of students relates to the use of diagnostic procedures and therapeutic aids in the treatment of patients with deficiencies, diseases, and abnormalities associated with heart or lung disorders. The student is prepared as a respiratory therapist and is expected to exercise independent judgment in activities including assessment of pulmonary function, measurement of blood gases, care of patients with artificial airways and requiring ventilatory support.

Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy Program (offering the Bachelor of Health Science degree in Louisville, KY) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation
for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
817-283-2835

Freshman Year

Fall
  • IDC 100 Freshman Focus (1)
  • IDC 101 Freshman Seminar (3)
  • PSYCH 103 Introductory Psychology (3)
  • MATH 105 College Algebra (3) 
  • BIOL 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Expository Writing (3) 
  • PHIL 160 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • HIST 116 The Western World I, 1450 to 1870 (3) OR 
  • HIST 117 The Western World II, 1870 to Present (3) 
  • BIOL 109 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) 
  • CHEM 214 Health Sciences Chemistry (4)

Sophomore Year

Fall
  • ENGL 200 Reading Literature (3) 
  • IDC 200 Sophomore US Experience (3) 
  • MATH 205 Elementary Statistics (4) 
  • BIOL 202 Clinical Microbiology (4) 
Spring
  • General Education Fine Arts Requirement (3) 
  • THEO 200 Ultimate Questions (3)
  • Physics Elective (4)
  • PHIL 301 Ethics (3)
  • Elective (3)

Junior Year

Fall
  • IDC 301 Junior Transcultural Experience (3)
  • BIOL 300 Pathophysiology (4)
  • RTH 308/309 Respiratory Therapy Science I and Laboratory (3–1)
  • RTH 311 Clinical Assessment (3)
  • RTH 340 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Education I (2)
Spring
  • RTH 313/314 Respiratory Therapy Science II and Laboratory (4–1)
  • RTH 321 Cardiopulmonary Pathology (2)
  • RTH 323 Introduction to Pharmacology (2)
  • RTH 350 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Education II (6)

Senior Year

Fall
  • RTH 420 Respiratory Therapy Science III (3)
  • RTH 450 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care (3)
  • RTH 460 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Education III (3)
  • IDC 402 Senior Seminar (3)
  • NURS 312 Health Care Research (3)
  • Elective (3)
Spring
  • General Education Theology Elective (3)
  • RTH 410 Advanced Physiologic Testing (3)
  • RTH 455 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (2)
  • RTH 485 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Education IV (3)
  • RTH 490 Seminar (3)
  • RTH 440 Cardiopulmonary Monitoring (3)

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