Program Director

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

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.

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 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). 
COURSE TITLE S.H.
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 Sciences (2 courses; 1 with lab) (7 s.h.) Met with BIOL 1545/1545L and CHEM 1510/1510L)
Social Science (6 s.h.)
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology (required for major)3
PSYC 1560General Psychology (required for major)3
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
PHLT 1568Healthy Lifestyles3
or PHLT 1531 Fundamentals of Public Health
One additional S&PA course3
Pre-Respiratory Courses
BIOL 1545Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 1545LAllied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (BIOL 1545/1545L satisfies a NS GER Knowledge Domain)0
BIOL 1560Microbiology for the Health Professions (required for major)2
BIOL 1560LMicrobiology Laboratory for Health Professions (required for major)1
CHEM 1510Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences4
CHEM 1510LChemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory (CHEM 1510/1510L satisfies a NS GER Knowledge Domain)0
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 2623 satisfies the MATH GER for University Basic Skills)3
Respiratory Care Courses
RESC 1530Foundations of Respiratory Care3
RESC 3710Respiratory Care Pharmacology3
RESC 1503Respiratory Procedures 13
RESC 1503LRespiratory Procedures 1 Lab1
RESC 1520Respiratory Care Assessment 12
RESC 1520LRespiratory Assessment 1 Lab1
RESC 2620LRespiratory Assessment 2 Lab1
RESC 2620Respiratory Assessment 22
RESC 2621Cardiopulmonary Disease3
RESC 3706Respiratory Procedures 22
RESC 3706LRespiratory Procedures 2 Lab1
RESC 3720Mechanical Ventilation 12
RESC 3720LMechanical Ventilation 1 Lab1
HAHS 5875Interprofessional Education for Health Professions3
AHLT 5840Comparative Health Systems3
RESC 2699Clinical Practice 11
RESC 3708Respiratory Clinical Specialties3
RESC 3708LRespiratory Clinical Specialties Lab1
RESC 3709Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care3
RESC 3709LNeonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Lab1
RESC 3725Mechanical Ventilation 22
RESC 3725LMechanical Ventilation 2 Lab1
RESC 4867Fundamentals of Leader Development3
RESC 3740Clinical Practice 23
RESC 4870Advanced Cardiopulmonary Case Management3
RESC 3765Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics3
RESC 3741Clinical Practice 33
RESC 4831Pulmonary Case Management3
AHLT 4806Research Methods3
AHLT 4813Adult Cardiac and Pediatric Advanced Life Support3
RESC 4838Respiratory Seminar 11
RESC 5820The Respiratory Care Profession3
RESC 4842Respiratory Seminar 21
AHLT 4820Directed Research3
RESC 4835Clinical Practice 43
RESC 5860Technology Applications for Health and Human Services3
Total Semester Hours124-126

Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care (BSRC) Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
1-2
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
BIOL 1545
1545L
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
5
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours15-17
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CHEM 1510 Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences 4
CHEM 1510L Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory 0
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
PHLT 1568
Healthy Lifestyles
or Fundamentals of Public Health
3
 Semester Hours13
Year 2
Fall
RESC 1530 Foundations of Respiratory Care 3
BIOL 1560
1560L
Microbiology for the Health Professions
and Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions
3
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
RESC 3710 Respiratory Care Pharmacology 3
 Semester Hours12
Spring
RESC 1503
1503L
Respiratory Procedures 1
and Respiratory Procedures 1 Lab
4
RESC 1520
1520L
Respiratory Care Assessment 1
and Respiratory Assessment 1 Lab
3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
Elective (SPA Gen Ed) 3
 Semester Hours13
Summer
RESC 2620
2620L
Respiratory Assessment 2
and Respiratory Assessment 2 Lab
3
RESC 2621 Cardiopulmonary Disease 3
 Semester Hours6
Year 3
Fall
RESC 3706 Respiratory Procedures 2 3
RESC 3720 Mechanical Ventilation 1 3
HAHS 5875 Interprofessional Education for Health Professions 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 3
RESC 3725 Mechanical Ventilation 2 2
RESC 3731
Respiratory Care Management
or Fundamentals of Leader Development
3
 Semester Hours12
Summer
RESC 3740 Clinical Practice 2 3
RESC 4870 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Case Management 3
 Semester Hours6
Year 4
Fall
RESC 3765 Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics 3
RESC 3741 Clinical Practice 3 3
RESC 4831 Pulmonary Case Management 3
AHLT 4813 Adult Cardiac and Pediatric Advanced Life Support 3
AHLT 4806 Research Methods 3
RESC 4838 Respiratory Seminar 1 1
RESC 5820 The Respiratory Care Profession 3
 Semester Hours19
Spring
RESC 4842 Respiratory Seminar 2 1
AHLT 4820 Directed Research 3
Arts and Humanities Gen Ed Elective 3
RESC 4835 Clinical Practice 4 3
RESC 5860 Technology Applications for Health and Human Services 3
 Semester Hours13
 Total Semester Hours121-123

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).