Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program


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The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) program is an online a degree advancement program in respiratory care that is designed to meet the needs of practicing respiratory therapists who have earned an associate’s (AS) degree.  The program develops competencies in research,management, education and leadership. Courses are taught in accelerated eight-week sessions so that students can earn their degree faster.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Board of Directors has a goal that by the year 2020, 80 percent of all practicing respiratory therapists will have earned, or be actively seeking, a bachelor’s degree.

Therapists who earn their B.S. in Respiratory Care will qualify for new career opportunities such as managing a respiratory care department or teaching respiratory care students. With a bachelor’s degree, they may also qualify for a different role in healthcare such as disease manager, case manager, clinical specialist, commissioned officer in the public health service or supervisor of a pulmonary function lab.

Respiratory Care Core Curriculum

73 Hours

RESP 270 Fundamental Skills for the BSRC Program 1
RESP 299 Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential Credit 39
RESP 433 RC Management 3
RESP 443 RC Research 3
RESP 453 RC Education 3
RESP 463 RC Leadership 3
Electives in the discipline – by approval of the Program Director 18
Competencies (by exam or portfolio) or courses
RESP 499 RC Capstone:  RC Evidence-Based Practice – Project & Portfolio 3

Required Cognates

22 Hours

ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society                  (GenEd:  Religion Elective) 3
INTD 327 Issues in Religion and Culture        (GenEd:  Religion Elective) 3
MATH 110 Probability and Statistics                  (GenEd: Math Elective) 4
PHIL 250 Introduction to Logic                          (GenEd:  Humanities Elective) 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology             (GenEd: PSYC 105/SOCI 105) 3
PSYC 210/
PSYC 355
Developmental Psychology  /
Motivation & Learning                       (GenEd: Social Science Elective)

General Education (See also:  WAU Bulletin 2016-2017 pg.34-36

25 Hours

ENGL 101 First Year Composition (Core) 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature (Core) 3
COMM 105 Introduction to Human Communication (Core) 3
CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers (Core) [Accept:  Waiver C, INSY 110] 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective 4
History Elective 3
Physical Education Activity Elective 1
Health Elective 2


120 Hours

Model schedule for students — three courses at a time

Model schedule for students — two courses at a time

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