Respiratory Therapy, BS


Program Description

A Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy consists of comprehensive classroom and clinical curricula that prepare students for the credentialing exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). The NBRC is the credentialing arm of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC). Successful completion of the curriculum and the credentialing exam certifies students as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and enables them to apply for licensure in their state of residence. Employment opportunities with health care providers range from home health and hospice to neonatal, pediatric, and adult intensive care units in Dixie State University's (DSU) service area and across the country. 

Licensure

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations under the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Initial Accreditation Status, to become credentialed as National Board for Respiratory Care Certified or Registered Respiratory Therapists (CRT or RRT). These credentials allow therapists to become licensed to practice respiratory care in Utah as well as throughout the USA and Canada.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Dixie State University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to meet the educational licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Requirement may vary state to state and may change at any time. Students who intend to use their DSU degree to secure licensure in any state other than Utah will need to review the professional licensure disclosures in that state pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select your program, or speak to the director of your program.

Accreditation

The Dixie State University Respiratory Therapy Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC; #200565).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoRAC)
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
Phone: 817-283-2835
Fax: 817-354-8519
http://coarc.com


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program, an applicant must first be accepted as a Dixie State University student. Then, the applicant must complete a separate application to the Respiratory Therapy program.

Application deadline is May 1st. Applications are available from the Respiratory Therapy program website at: https://health.dixie.edu/respiratory-therapy/program-admissions/.

Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program is based upon academic performance in both general education and specific program prerequisite courses in addition to other selection criteria, including:

  1. Submission of a complete Program Application
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher
  3. Completion with a “C” or better of specified program prerequisite courses
  4. Individual interview with the Respiratory Therapy Program Selection Committee

Additional factors that will be taken into consideration for program admission include previous health care experience and weighted GPA in specific prerequisite courses. A criminal background check and selected immunizations will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Program Prerequisites:
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA) (or higher [MATH 1040 recommended])3-4
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (SS, GC)
or SOC 1020 Social Problems (SS, GC)
CHEM 1010Introduction to Chemistry (PS) (or higher [CHEM 1150 recommended])3
CHEM 1015Intro to Chemistry Lab (LAB) (or higher [CHEM 1155 recommended))1
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
RESP 1010Introduction to Respiratory Therapy2
Recommended Prerequisites: 1
Pathophysiology
Pathophysiology
Research Methodology in Population Health

Students must complete specified prerequisite courses prior to admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Respiratory Therapy Program courses include 64 semester hours that must be completed sequentially. Students will be eligible for employment after graduation and meeting licensure requirements.


Program Curriculum

121 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Respiratory Therapy Required Courses
BIOL 1300Evolution & Ecology1
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1010Introduction to Chemistry (PS) (or higher [CHEM 1150 recommended])3
CHEM 1015Intro to Chemistry Lab (LAB) (or higher [CHEM 1155 recommended])1
HLTH 4020Research Methodology in Population Health3
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA) (or higher [MATH 1040 recommended])3-4
NURS 3900Pathophysiology3
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC)
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (SS, GC)
or SOC 1020 Social Problems (SS, GC)
RESP 1010Introduction to Respiratory Therapy2
RESP 2020Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology3
RESP 2040Respiratory Care Therapeutics I3
RESP 2041Laboratory Practice/Therapeutics I2
RESP 2060Patient Assessment2
RESP 2065Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology3
RESP 2200Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics3
RESP 2100Clinical Practice I5
RESP 2070Respiratory Care Therapeutics II3
RESP 2300Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation3
RESP 2301Laboratory/Adult Mechanical Ventilation2
RESP 3005Critical Care/ACLS3
RESP 3010Introduction to Respiratory Care Pharmacology3
RESP 3020Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care3
RESP 3021Laboratory Practice/Neonatal Care2
RESP 3150Critical Thinking Seminar/NBRC Review3
RESP 3310Advanced Mechanical Ventilation4
RESP 3765Clinical Practice III / Clinical Application of Neonatal / Pediatric Respiratory Care5
RESP 3775Clinical Practice II / Clinical Application of Adult Critical Care5
RESP 4230Advanced Diagnosis, Assessment, and Management of Respiratory Disease3
RESP 4410Teaching Foundations and Techniques for Healthcare Professionals4
Recommended Electives:
Health & Disease
Consumer Health Issues
Health Promotion
Healthcare Project Management
Patient Navigation

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA) (or higher) 3
 Hours12
Spring Semester
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry (PS) (or higher) 3
CHEM 1015 Intro to Chemistry Lab (LAB) (or higher) 1
 Hours12
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
RESP 1010 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 2
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
HLTH U/D Elective or other U/D course 3
 Hours12
Spring Semester
PSY 1010
General Psychology (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Introduction to Sociology (SS, GC)
or Social Problems (SS, GC)
3
HLTH U/D Elective or other U/D course 3
HLTH U/D Elective or other U/D course 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
 Hours12
3rd Year
Fall Semester
RESP 2020 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3
RESP 2040 Respiratory Care Therapeutics I 3
RESP 2041 Laboratory Practice/Therapeutics I 2
RESP 2060 Patient Assessment 2
RESP 3010 Introduction to Respiratory Care Pharmacology 3
NURS 3900
Pathophysiology
or Pathophysiology
3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
RESP 2070 Respiratory Care Therapeutics II 3
RESP 2200 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
RESP 2100 Clinical Practice I 5
RESP 2065 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3
RESP 4410 Teaching Foundations and Techniques for Healthcare Professionals 4
 Hours18
4th Year
Fall Semester
RESP 2300 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation 3
RESP 2301 Laboratory/Adult Mechanical Ventilation 2
RESP 3775 Clinical Practice II / Clinical Application of Adult Critical Care 5
RESP 4230 Advanced Diagnosis, Assessment, and Management of Respiratory Disease 3
RESP 3005 Critical Care/ACLS 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
RESP 3310 Advanced Mechanical Ventilation 4
RESP 3020 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RESP 3021 Laboratory Practice/Neonatal Care 2
RESP 3765 Clinical Practice III / Clinical Application of Neonatal / Pediatric Respiratory Care 5
RESP 3150 Critical Thinking Seminar/NBRC Review 3
HLTH 4020 Research Methodology in Population Health 3
 Hours20
 Total Hours118

Respiratory Therapy Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide comprehensive patient assessment and care using therapist-driven protocols and evidence-based medicine.
  2. Demonstrate understanding and application of AARC code of ethics and professionalism including patient rights and HIPPA confidentiality.
  3. Promote health and wellness through patient and family education and community outreach.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills when making patient bedside decisions.
  5. Use oral and written communication skills in collaboration with other members of the health care team.