Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy

The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy degree has three basic components:

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. Program Requirements
  3. Discipline Core Requirements

Graduation Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
CHEM 1010Intro to Chemistry 13-4
or CHEM 1110 Elem General/Organic Chemistry
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (preferred)3-4
or MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan
or SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology
or SOC 1020 Social Problems
or SOC 1200 Sociology of the Family

Chemistry labs (CHEM 1015 or CHEM 1115) are recommended, but not required for program admission.

Program Requirements
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
Recommended Elective
HLOC 1001FYE: Allied Health1
Discipline Core Requirements
(Admission to DSU Respiratory Therapy Program Required)
Semester I
RESP 1010Introduction to Respiratory Therapy and Medical Terminology2
RESP 2020Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology3
RESP 2030Introduction to Pathophysiology3
RESP 2040Respiratory Care Therapeutics I3
RESP 2041Laboratory Practice/Therapeutics I2
RESP 2060Patient Assessment2
Semester II
RESP 2050Introduction to Respiratory Care Pharmacology3
RESP 2065Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology3
RESP 2070Respiratory Care Therapeutics II3
RESP 2071Laboratory Practice/Therapeutics II2
RESP 2100Clinical Practice I5
Semester III
RESP 2200Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics3
RESP 2300Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation3
RESP 2301Laboratory/Adult Mechanical Ventilation2
RESP 2310Clinical Practice II5
RESP 3005Critical Care/ACLS3
Semester IV
RESP 2400Alternative Site and Subacute Respiratory Care1
RESP 3020Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care2
RESP 3021Laboratory Practice/Neonatal Care2
RESP 3100Clinical Practice III5
RESP 3150Critical Thinking Seminar/NBRC Review2

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 78 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  4. Grade C or higher in all Discipline Core Requirements.