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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.


The YSU Respiratory Care #200247 and Polysomnography Certificate #400247 Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

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Bedford TX 76021-4244

 (817) 283-2835

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).

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

For more information, please visit the Distance Education website.

For more information, you can also visit Respiratory Care.

Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care (BSRC) Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
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
 Semester Hours17
CHEM 1506 Allied Health Chemistry 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
PHLT 1568
Healthy Lifestyles
or Fundamentals of Public Health
 Semester Hours12
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours6
Year 2
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
RESC 1503 Respiratory Procedures 1 4
RESC 1520 Respiratory Care Assessment 1 3
PHYS 1506 Physics for Health Care 3
AHLT 3705 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
 Semester Hours13
RESC 2620 Respiratory Assessment 2 3
RESC 2621 Cardiopulmonary Disease 4
 Semester Hours7
Year 3
RESC 3706 Respiratory Procedures 2 3
RESC 3720 Mechanical Ventilation 1 3
AHLT 4806 Research Methods 3
AHLT 5840 Comparative Health Systems 4
 Semester Hours13
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 2
 Semester Hours13
RESC 3740 Clinical Practice 2 4
RESC 3750 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2
 Semester Hours6
Year 4
RESC 3765 Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics 3
RESC 3741 Clinical Practice 3 3
RESC 4831 Pulmonary Care Management 3
AHLT 4812 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 3
RESC 4838 Respiratory Seminar 1 1
RESC 4846 Sleep Diagnostics 1 1 3
RESC 4847 Sleep Clinics 1 1 1
 Semester Hours17
RESC 4835 Clinical Practice 4 3
RESC 4842 Respiratory Seminar 2 1
AHLT 4820 Directed Research 2
Arts & Humanities Elective 3
Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
RESC 4848 Sleep Diagnostics 2 1 3
RESC 4849 Sleep Clinics 2 1 1
 Semester Hours16
 Total Semester Hours134

Sleep Diagnostics Option: Current YSU students are given preference into this restricted program. Program GPA will be the primary criteria to fill clinical slots for the Sleep Diagnostic certificate.

Students will be dismissed from the Respiratory Care program if more than two program courses need to be repeated OR their overall GPA falls below 2.00.

Entry in the final three respiratory care clinic courses requires successful ("C" or better) completion of all didactic/clinic respiratory care courses in the prior semester. Re-entry into the program will be determined on a case-by-case basis with a remediation program based on helping the student achieve success.