Respiratory Care Program Director:  

Mary Yacovone

mlyacovone@ysu.edu  

(330) 941-1764

Respiratory care is an allied health profession concerned with the diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and management of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. The respiratory care practitioner (RCP) is proficient in:

  • therapeutic administration of medical gases and aerosols
  • intermittent and continuous mechanical ventilation
  • broncho-pulmonary hygiene
  • basic and advanced cardiac life support techniques
  • non-invasive patient monitoring
  • pulmonary function evaluation
  • arterial blood gas analysis
  • airway management procedures
  • pulmonary rehabilitation techniques

A licensed RCP must also be knowledgeable regarding various assessment techniques and patient education models. These skills are used with neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients in acute, sub acute, and home care settings. To function effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team, the RCP must have a sound understanding of:

  • the physiological, psychological, and cultural needs of the patient
  • the role of the various therapeutic interventions in the patient care plan
  • development of broad-based skills to more effectively contribute to the overall care of the patient

Theory and laboratory experiences are provided prior to the student's entry into the clinical education phase of the program. This program can be completed in four calendar years. It includes three summer sessions. A sleep diagnostics option is also available. Please visit Respiratory Care for more information.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (CoARC #200247) and Polysomnography Certificate  (CoARC #400247)at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). To view the CoARC outcomes please visit CoARC Outcomes Data.  CoARC Outcomes Data

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford TX 76021-4244

 (817) 283-2835

www.coarc.com

The goals of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care are:

  •   To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). 
  • To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills one or more of the following:  management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice. 

The goal of the Polysomnography Certificate is:

  •  To prepare sleep disorder specialists with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of polysomnography practice as performed by sleep disorder specialists (SDS). 

Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care (BSRC) Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
BIOL 1545 Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology 5
MATC 1501 Medical Terminology 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
CHEM 1505 Allied Health Chemistry 1 3
AND  
CHEM 1505L Allied Health Chemistry 1 Laboratory 0
 Semester Hours17
Spring
CHEM 1506 Allied Health Chemistry 2 3
AND  
CHEM 1506L Allied Health Chemistry 2 Laboratory 0
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
PHLT 1568
Healthy Lifestyles
or Fundamentals of Public Health
3
HAHS 1500 Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services 2
 Semester Hours17
Year 2
Fall
RESC 1529 Respiratory Care Orientation 2
RESC 1531 Respiratory Care Essentials 3
MATC 2605 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
BIOL 1560 Microbiology for the Health Professions 2
MLT 2687L Microbiology for Health Care Laboratory 1
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
RESC 1503 Respiratory Procedures 1 4
RESC 1520 Respiratory Care Assessment 1 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
AHLT 3705 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
 Semester Hours13
Summer
RESC 2620 Respiratory Assessment 2 3
RESC 2621 Cardiopulmonary Disease 4
 Semester Hours7
Year 3
Fall
RESC 3706 Respiratory Procedures 2 3
RESC 3720 Mechanical Ventilation 1 3
AHLT 4806 Research Methods 3
AHLT 5840 Comparative Health Systems 3
 Semester Hours12
Spring
RESC 2699 Clinical Practice 1 1
RESC 3708 Respiratory Clinical Specialties 3
RESC 3709 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 4
RESC 3725 Mechanical Ventilation 2 3
RESC 3731 Respiratory Care Management 3
 Semester Hours14
Summer
RESC 3740 Clinical Practice 2 4
RESC 3750 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2
 Semester Hours6
Year 4
Fall
RESC 3765 Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics 3
RESC 3741 Clinical Practice 3 3
RESC 4831 Pulmonary Care Management 3
RESC 4838 Respiratory Seminar 1 1
AHLT 4813 Adult Cardiac and Pediatric Advanced Life Support 3
RESC 4846 Sleep Diagnostics 1 (Optional) 1 3
RESC 4847 Sleep Clinics 1 (Optional) 1 1
 Semester Hours17
Spring
RESC 4835 Clinical Practice 4 3
RESC 4842 Respiratory Seminar 2 1
AHLT 4820 Directed Research 3
Arts & Humanities Elective 3
Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
RESC 4848 Sleep Diagnostics 2 (Optional) 1 3
RESC 4849 Sleep Clinics 2 (Optional) 1 1
 Semester Hours17
 Total Semester Hours134
1

 Sleep Diagnostics Option:  The Sleep Diagnostics option is a restricted program. Current BSRC senior students are given preference to enroll in the certificate program. BSRC program GPA is the primary criteria used to select students for the Polysomnography Certificate. BSRC students who enroll in the Sleep Diagnostics option will complete 134 sh. Students who do not take the Sleep Diagnostics option will complete a total of 126 sh. 

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Completion Program

This online program is designed to provide a focused advancement option that will bridge the depth and breadth of knowledge of the certified or registered respiratory therapist who has graduated from a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredited associate degree program to meet the clinical and leadership needs of the respiratory care profession. The core curriculum builds on the existing foundation of knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • advanced cardiopulmonary disease management
  • advanced clinical applications
  • clinical research
  • leadership and technology related to the practice of respiratory care

Upon completion of the Required Core Upper Division Courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5, the student will be awarded up to 17 semester hours of upper division credit from their associate degree respiratory care courses.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Writing (6 sh)
Communications (3 sh)
Math (3 sh)
Natural Sciences (6 sh)
Arts & Humanities (6 sh)
Social Sciences (6 sh)
Social & Personal Awareness (6 sh)
Associate Degree Respiratory Care Courses
Required Core Upper Division Courses (36 sh)
RESC 1500Introduction to Online Learning in Health Professions3
RESC 3731Respiratory Care Management3
RESC 3765Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics3
RESC 4860Advanced Management of the Ventilator Patient3
RESC 4862Professional Pathways for Respiratory Care Practitioners3
RESC 4867Fundamentals of Leader Development3
RESC 4870Advanced Cardiopulmonary Case Management3
RESC 4872Technology Applications for RCPs3
AHLT 3705Pharmacotherapeutics3
AHLT 4806Research Methods3
AHLT 4820Directed Research3
AHLT 5840Comparative Health Systems3
Electives (If Additional Upper Division Hours Are Needed)
RESC 4801Special Topics in Respiratory Care1-3
RESC 4810Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Case Management3
AHLT 3740Pathology of Infectious Diseases3
AHLT 3755Principles of Occupational Health and Safety3
AHLT 4804Stress and the Health Care Professional3
AHLT 4808Environmental Health Concerns3
AHLT 4831Industrial Hygiene3
AHLT 5816Environmental Regulations3
Upper Division (3700, 4800 and 5800 level) Hours Required 48 sh
Minimum Total Degree Hours 120 sh

For more information, please visit the Distance Education website.

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the major in Respiratory Care are as follows:

  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as advanced-level respiratory therapists (cognitive domain).
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their role as advanced level respiratory therapists (psychomotor domain).
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as advanced-level respiratory therapists (affective domain).

The student learning outcomes for the Sleep Diagnostic Option in Respiratory Care are as follows:

  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as sleep disorder specialists (cognitive domain).
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their role as sleep disorder specialists (psychomotor domain).
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as sleep disorder specialists (affective domain).