Program Director

Dr. Kelly L. Colwell 
(330) 941-2631


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),  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


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.

The advanced placement option allows the undergraduate BSRC Completion 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 be 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. 

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. 
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 (3 s.h.)3-4
Natural Sciences (6 s.h.)6-7
Arts & Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Social Sciences (6 s.h.)6
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
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 48603
RESC 48623
RESC 4867Fundamentals of Leader Development3
RESC 4870Advanced Cardiopulmonary Case Management3
AHLT 3705Pharmacotherapeutics3
AHLT 4806Research Methods3
AHLT 4820Directed Research3
BSRC to MRC Advanced Placement Option
AHLT 5840Comparative Health Systems ((Must be taken for graduate credit))3
RESC 69003
RESC 69203
Electives (if Additional Upper Division Hours Are Needed)
RESC 4801Special Topics in Respiratory Care1-3
RESC 48103
AHLT 3740Pathology of Infectious Diseases3
AHLT 3755Principles of Occupational Health and Safety3
AHLT 4804Stress and the Health Care Professional3
AHLT 4808Environmental Health Concerns3
AHLT 5831Industrial Hygiene3
AHLT 5816Environmental Regulations3
Upper Division (3700, 4800, 5800 level) Hours Required 48 s.h.48
Total Semester Hours146-152

For more information, please visit the Distance Education website.