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Respiratory Therapy

Bachelor of Science

Program Length: 36 months

Degree Overview

Respiratory Therapy

Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy

There is an ever growing need for qualified respiratory therapists in today's economy. A qualified respiratory therapist is one who can effectively evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. These professionals are also expected to work well with the middle-aged and elderly as incidents of cardiopulmonary disease increase.

The Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy can teach students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today's market. Courses may focus on care management and current issues facing respiratory therapy. Students can leave confident and able to work in the field.

Respiratory Therapy Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of respiratory therapy is expected to experience faster than average employment growth, with the number of positions available growing by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Respiratory Therapists, on the Internet at

The vast majority of job openings may continue to be in hospitals, but a growing number of openings are expected to become available in home healthcare services, offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, or in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various settings.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 131 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
BIO 155 Patient Assessment 4.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
CSS 299 Professional Development 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
ENG 310 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 4.0
ETH 233 Ethics 4.0
HCA 300 The Healthcare System 4.0
HCA 440 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
HIS 300 U.S. History Since the Civil War 4.0
MAN 103 Management Principles 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MED 100 Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics 4.0
MED 380 Human Pathology 4.0
MED 385 Issues in Public Health 4.0
PHI 221 Introduction to Logic 4.0
PHI 310 Critical Thinking 4.0
PSY 220 Psychology 4.0
PSY 250 Positive Psychology 4.0
PSY 400 Biological Psychology 4.0
RES 105 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy, Microbiology, and Infection Control 4.0
RES 116 Airway Management II 3.0
RES 118 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I 2.0
RES 119 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II 2.0
RES 125 Medical Gas Therapy/Humidity and Aerosol Therapy 3.0
RES 128 Arterial Blood Gases/Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3.0
RES 137 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I 2.0
RES 138 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II 2.0
RES 145 Pulmonary Function Testing 3.0
RES 196 Clinical Experience I 11.0
RES 205 Lung Hyperinflation Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy 3.0
RES 216 Mechanical Ventilation I 4.0
RES 236 Mechanical Ventilation II 4.0
RES 246 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2.0
RES 256 Neonatal and Pediatric Care 4.0
RES 276 Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Multi-skilled RT 3.0
RES 292 Clinical Experience II 16.5
RES 298 Case Studies and Board Review 2.0
RES 300 Advanced Clinical Practice 4.0
RES 330 Applied Clinical Education 4.0
RES 350 Specialty Clinical Practice I 4.0
RES 352 Specialty Clinical Practice II 4.0
RES 498 Respiratory Care Capstone 8.0
SCI 101 Math, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences for Respiratory Therapy 4.0
SOC 400 Sociology of Aging 4.0

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Total Courses: 49Total Credits: 201

Available at the following locations:

California Locations: National City, San Diego

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