Respiratory Care - B.S.

Regional College
Dean's Office
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Kent Campus
330-672-2279
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www.kent.edu/regional-college


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care is a fully online completer program designed to prepare qualified respiratory therapists with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop professionalism and advance their careers in the areas of leadership, management, education, research, disease and sleep medicine utilizing best practices in order to advance the practice of respiratory care.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Online Only

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Respiratory Care major is selective.Applicants must hold an active credential for certified respiratory therapist (CRT) or registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and an associate degree from a CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy/care program with a minimum 2.000 overall GPA.

Applicants who are actively enrolled and in good standing in the second year of a CoARC-accredited entry-level associate degree in respiratory therapy/care or are actively enrolled and in good standing in the third year of a CoARC-accredited bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy/care may be conditionally enrolled in the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Incorporate theory, research, evidence and best practices to enhance respiratory care practice.
  2. Understand the function and organizational structure of the respiratory care department from a management perspective.
  3. Understand leadership principles as a leader or team member.
  4. Demonstrate techniques and strategies of teaching and learning of respiratory therapy utilized in various venues.
  5. Identify a variety of sleep and breathing disorders and exhibit a fundamental understanding of the application and interpretation of sleep studies in the diagnosis of related disorders.
  6. Apply critical thinking in the area of managing chronic disease and the impact healthcare professionals have on affecting positive patient population outcomes.
  7. Describe research methodology and design and their application to health science research and their application to everyday health care.
  8. Exhibit knowledge in specified areas of advanced respiratory care practice.
  9. Identify and analyze current contemporary issues in respiratory care and their impact on the profession and delivery of care.
  10. Understand relevant and current healthcare policy and delivery systems.
  11. Identify information management and information systems, technology and the human/technology interface utilized in professional healthcare practice.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[RE-BS-RSPC]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
NURS 46000HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
RSPC 30000PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
RSPC 30002LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
RSPC 30004EDUCATIONAL INSTRUCTION IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
RSPC 30006SLEEP MEDICINE AND POLYSOMNOGRAPHY 3
RSPC 40002RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT IN RESPIRATORY CARE (WIC) 13
RSPC 40004ADVANCED PRACTICE IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
RSPC 40006CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND TRENDS IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
RSPC 40008CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES 3
RSPC 40075INFORMATION AND PATIENT CARE TECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS 3
RSPC 41092PRACTICUM FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (ELR) 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Statistics Electives, choose from the following:3-4
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES 2
BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 2
FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS STATISTICS
INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 347
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

MATH 12022 and MATH 30011 are not offered online presently.

3

The majority of general elective credit hours may be transfer courses from an associate degree in respiratory care/therapy.

Progression Requirements

To be able to register for Respiratory Care (RSPC) courses, students must be admitted to professional study. Admission is a selective process. Criteria for admission are the following:

  • Official transcript of associate degree
  • Evidence of earned CRT or RRT credential
  • Evidence of current active license to practice respiratory therapy
  • Minimum C grade in PSYC 11762 (or equivalent)

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester PrerequisiteCredits
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Transfer courses from associate degree in respiratory care/therapy 41
Kent Core Requirements 15
 Credit Hours59
Semester One
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Statistics Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!RSPC 30002 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
!RSPC 30004 EDUCATIONAL INSTRUCTION IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
!RSPC 40002 RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT IN RESPIRATORY CARE (WIC) 3
!RSPC 40004 ADVANCED PRACTICE IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!RSPC 30000 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
!RSPC 30006 SLEEP MEDICINE AND POLYSOMNOGRAPHY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!RSPC 40006 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND TRENDS IN RESPIRATORY CARE 3
!RSPC 40008 CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES 3
!RSPC 40075 INFORMATION AND PATIENT CARE TECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS 3
!NURS 46000 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
!RSPC 41092 PRACTICUM FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120