BSAST in Respiratory Care

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST) degree in Respiratory Care is limited to registered respiratory therapists possessing the required certification: NBRC RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist. Students must present a copy of the original certificate and current renewal card. The degree is a 120-credit program.

Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 9
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 8
E. Mathematics 3
F. General Education Electives 16
II. Area of Study: Respiratory Care 45
A. Anatomy and Physiology I & II 6
B. Microbiology 3
C. Cardiopulmonary Anatomy / Physiology / Pathophysiology 3
D. Pharmacology 2
E. Pulmonary Function 3
F. Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
G. Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2
H. Clinical Practice 3
I. Respiratory Therapy Techniques
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Gas, Humidity and Aerosol Therapy
  • RT Equipment
  • Acute and Sub-acute Care
J. Respiratory Care Electives
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Electronic Instrumentation
  • CPR & Nursing Skills
  • Principles of Patient Care
  • Outpatient Care and Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory Department Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Delivery
K. AST: Current Trends & Applications 3
III. Electives 15
Total 120
  • Certification: NBRC RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist (copy of original certificate and current renewal card)
  • Required Courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pulmonary Function, Pharmacology, Respiratory Techniques (three courses), Pediatric Respiratory Care, Clinical Practice, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Current Trends and Applications
  • Corollary Requirements: Chemistry I and II, Physics I, Computer Requirement, Statistics, College Algebra
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: The area of study is completed by the license.


Degree Requirements Credits
The following courses are required for the BSAST Degree in Respiratory Care and can be fulfilled in either the General Education or Electives sections of the degree chart. 27
  • Technical Writing
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra
  • Higher Level Math above College Algebra
  • Chemistry I with Lab
  • Chemistry II with Lab
  • Physics I with Lab

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