Associate of Science Degree: Respiratory Therapy

(3 Years)

Admission to Program

1.  Submit completed application for admission to Idaho State University College of Technology.

2.  a) Submit all official college or university transcripts (minimum GPA 2.5). If a student has 14 or more college or university academic credits, those will be used to calculate GPA instead of high school grades.

     b) Submit an official high school transcript or GED scores (minimum GPA 2.5).

3.  Job Shadowing--Complete a minimum of 12 hours of job shadowing in a respiratory therapy setting (please use form contained in application).

4.  Submit proof of current Health Care Provider CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certification. You must remain current throughout the program.

5.  The following prerequisite courses, or equivalents, must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in each course:

BIOL 2221
2221L
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3301
3301L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
4
CHEM 1101Introduction to Chemistry 13
OR
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab 1
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication 13
ENGL 1101Writing and Rhetoric I 13-4
or ENGL 1101P Writing and Rhetoric I Plus
HO 0106Medical Terminology2
or HCA 2210 Medical Terminology and Communication
or HE 2210 Medical Terminology and Communication
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology 13
or SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology
or SOC 1102 Social Problems

Additional General Education and Other Courses:

BIOL 3301
3301L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab 1
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab 1
4
ENGL 1102Writing and Rhetoric II (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3
Objective 33
Objective 4 (minimum 6 cr)6
One Objective 6 course with different prefix from that chosen earlier3
Objective 7 or 83
Objective 9 (minimum 3 cr)3
Total Credits29

Respiratory Therapy Courses

RESP 2200
2200L
Introduction to Respiratory Care
and Introduction to Respiratory Care Lab
4
RESP 2211Pharmacotherapy for Respiratory Therapists2
RESP 2214Introduction to Pulmonary Disease4
RESP 2231Patient Assessment I2
RESP 2232Patient Assessment II2
RESP 2280Case Management I2
RESP 3301
3301L
Mechanical Ventilators
and Mechanical Ventilators Lab
4
RESP 3310Case Management II2
RESP 3320Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures I5
RESP 3325Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures II3
RESP 3330Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures III5
RESP 3335Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures IV5
Total Credits40

Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Therapy Program, graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level TMC exam. When you achieve the lower cut score, you will receive credentials as a Certified Respiratory Therapist. When you achieve the higher cut score, you will be eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination. Once you have successfully passed the Clinical Simulation Examination, you will receive your credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Respiratory Therapy students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better, and complete all biology, health, and respiratory therapy courses with a “C” or better to remain in the program.