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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.

General Education Requirements
Writing (6 s.h.)
Communications (3 s.h.)
Mathematics (3 s.h.)
Natural Sciences (6 s.h.)
Arts & Humanities (6 s.h.)
Social Sciences (6 s.h.)
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
Associate Degree Respiratory Care Courses
Required Core Upper Division Courses (36 s.h.)
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, 5800 level) Hours Required 48 s.h.

For more information, please visit the Distance Education website.