Program Director

Dr. Kelly L. Colwell 
(330) 941-2631
klcolwell@ysu.edu

ACCREDITATION

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (CoARC #510019) at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio is provisionally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care(CoARC), www.coarc.com Current accreditation standing: CoARC granted Provisional accreditation for a maximum annual enrollment of up to 120 students.

Date of last campus visit: May 21, 2021

Date of next campus visit: To be determined

Overview

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 advanced placement option allows the undergraduate BSRC student to take up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit that can be applied to the Master of Respiratory Care program. Upon completion of the BSRC, the student must apply to and be accepted into the Graduate School and the Master of Respiratory Care Program in order to apply the graduate credits earned during the BSRC program. To be accepted into the BSRC Advanced Placement option, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Junior standing with an overall GPA of a minimum of 3.2; or,
  2. Junior standing in BSRC Completion Program and have completed 15 semester hours of required core upper division courses and have an overall minimum GPA of 3.2

Once accepted into the BSRC Advanced Placement Option, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to continue to take graduate level courses. 

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (CoARC #200247) at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). To view CoARC Program outcomes please visit CoARC Outcomes Data.  

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 (which may include an area of clinical specialization). 

Polysomnography Certificate Goal:

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). 

COURSE TITLE S.H.
Pre-Respiratory Courses
BIOL 1545
1545L
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
5
CHEM 1510Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences4
CHEM 1510LChemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory0
MATC 1501Medical Terminology3
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement (met with MATH 2623)
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics (required for major)3
One additional Arts and Humanities course3
Natural Science (2 course; 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)
BIOL 1560Microbiology for the Health Professions (required for major)2
BIOL 1560LMicrobiology Laboratory for Health Professions (required for major)1
One additional Natural Science course (can be met with BIOL 1545/1545L or CHEM 1510/1510L)
Social Science (6 s.h.)
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
PHLT 1568Healthy Lifestyles3
or PHLT 1531 Fundamentals of Public Health
One additional S&PA course3
HAHS 1500Strong Start FYE (First Year Experience course)2
Respiratory Care Courses
RESC 1529Respiratory Care Orientation2
MATC 2605Introduction to Pharmacology3
RESC 1531Respiratory Care Essentials2
RESC 1503Respiratory Procedures 13
RESC 1520Respiratory Care Assessment 12
PHYS 1506Physics for Health Care3
AHLT 3705Pharmacotherapeutics3
RESC 2621Cardiopulmonary Disease4
RESC 2620Respiratory Assessment 22
RESC 3706Respiratory Procedures 22
RESC 3720Mechanical Ventilation 12
RESC 2699Clinical Practice 11
AHLT 4806Research Methods3
AHLT 5840Comparative Health Systems3
RESC 3708Respiratory Clinical Specialties3
RESC 3725Mechanical Ventilation 22
RESC 3709Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care3
RESC 3750Pulmonary Rehabilitation2
RESC 3740Clinical Practice 23
RESC 3731Respiratory Care Management3
RESC 3741Clinical Practice 33
RESC 3765Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics3
RESC 4838Respiratory Seminar 11
RESC 4831Pulmonary Case Management3
RESC 4835Clinical Practice 43
RESC 4842Respiratory Seminar 21
AHLT 4820Directed Research3
BSRC to MRC Advanced Placement Option
RESC 6900The Respiratory Care Profession3
RESC 6920Technology Applications for Health and Human Services3
*AHLT 5840 Comparative Health Systems must be take for graduate credit
Total Semester Hours122-124

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
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
HAHS 1500 Strong Start FYE 2
 Semester Hours16-17
Spring
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
CHEM 1510 Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences 4
CHEM 1510L Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory 0
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
PHLT 1568
Healthy Lifestyles
or Fundamentals of Public Health
3
 Semester Hours16
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
or Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions
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
Elective Arts and Humanities 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 Case Management 3
RESC 4838 Respiratory Seminar 1 1
AHLT 4813 Adult Cardiac and Pediatric Advanced Life Support 3
AHLT 5840 Comparative Health Systems ((Must be taken for graduate credit)) 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
RESC 4835 Clinical Practice 4 3
RESC 4842 Respiratory Seminar 2 1
AHLT 4820 Directed Research 3
Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
RESC 6900 The Respiratory Care Profession 3
RESC 6920 Technology Applications for Health and Human Services 3
 Semester Hours16
 Total Semester Hours130-131

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).