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Degree Requirements

Students with an AS in Respiratory Care

Students transferring with an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Care from a regionally accredited institution with an RRT credential, must take the following courses:

Course NumberCourse Title Credits
Required Courses

RESPCARE 355

Focus on professional written and oral communication as practiced within the scope of respiratory care. Develop audience specific written documents, including writing that is appropriate for a professional journal or conference and prepare, deliver and evaluate oral presentations.
Professional Communication in Health Care3

RESPCARE 440

Techniques and methods used to analyze and evaluate the health status of critically ill patients with emphasis on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Senior Theory: Advanced Concepts3

RESPCARE 441

An interactive, online course designed to provide health care professionals with the skills needed to provide effective peer and client education.
Teaching Techniques for Health Care Professionals
3

RESPCARE 444

Extensive examination of current practices/trends of techniques used in the leadership of the health care environment. Emphasis will be placed upon specific skill sets used by the managers of today’s workforce.
Leadership and Management for Health Care Professionals3

RESPCARE 445

An advanced exploration of the responsibilities required of health care practitioners. Designed to help students develop a clearer understanding of patient's rights and in turn become advocates for those rights.
Patient Advocacy and Ethical Considerations3

RESPCARE 498

Online discussions of topics related to respiratory care.
Senior Seminar2

HLTHST 432 or RESPCARE 432

Locating, selecting and critically reviewing medical and lay literature relevant to the practice of health care. Constructing and researching clinical questions. Skills for keeping abreast of new medical information, deciding which of this information is valid and applicable to patient care, and using this information to improve patient care.
Critical Review of Health Care Research3

HLTHST 400

Students, working in interdisciplinary teams, engage in problem solving and communication activities that address current health related issues, Limited to COHS majors. (Pass/Fail.)
Interprofessional Capstone1
Elective Courses
Choose 3 of the following 4 courses

RESPCARE 431

Introduction and evaluation of current approaches to assessing risk and improving health care quality through the practice of continuous quality improvement. Focuses on conceptual understanding and experiential learning.
Quality Improvement in Health Care3

RESPCARE 442

Overview of sleep medicine, anatomy and physiology of sleep and breathing. Introduction to sleep disorders and polysomnograpy including monitoring techniques and instrumentation.
Sleep Medicine3

RESPCARE 443

Discussion of current issues related to respiratory disease, including pathophysiology, management and outcomes.
Current Topics in Respiratory Disease3

RESPCARE 446

An Introduction to the purpose and application of disease management in patients with chronic illness. Emphasis will be on management of individuals with COPD, sleep disordered breathing, asthma and congestive heart failure. Discharge planning, patient education, disease management strategies and methods to reduce hospital readmissions will be discussed.
Introduction to Disease Management3
Total30

Students with either an AAS or an AHS in Respiratory Care

In addition to the above courses,  students are required to have completed the following courses if transferring with an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Health Science degree in Respiratory Care from a regionally accredited institution with an RRT credential:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing3
ENGL 102Introduction to College Writing and Research3
BIOL 227Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
CHEM 101/101LEssentials of Chemistry I and Lab4
Mathematics (DLM)3-5
Social Sciences (DLS)
Social Sciences (DLS) in a second field
3
3
Visual and Performing Arts (DLV)3
Literature and Humanities (DLL)3
UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
Total32-34