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Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S.



An Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy consists of comprehensive classroom and clinical curricula that prepare students for the credentialing exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). The NBRC is the credentialing arm of the American Association of Respiratory Care. Successful completion of the curriculum and the credentialing exam certifies students as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and enables them to apply for licensure in their state of residence. Employment opportunities with health care providers range from home health and hospice to neonatal, pediatric, and adult intensive care units in UVU’s service area and across the country.

Total Program Credits: 69

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Acceptance into Respiratory Therapy Program (See Advisor)  
General Education Requirements: 24 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
or ENGL 101H Introduction to Writing  
 Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
 Complete the following:  
  PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
 Complete one of the following: 1
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (Highly recommended) (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
or Any approved Physical Education, Health, Safety or Environment Course    
Distribution Courses:  
  PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
or PSY 101H General Psychology (3.0)  
  BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
or BIOL 1610 College Biology I (4.0)  
and BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences 4
or CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (4.0)  
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
and  ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
or  ZOOL 232H Human Anatomy  
and  ZOOL 232L Human Anatomy Laboratory  
Discipline Core Requirements: 45 Credits
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
and MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory 1
or   MICR 3450 General Microbiology (3.0)  
and MICR 3455 General Microbiology Laboratory (1.0)  
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
  ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
  RESP 1540 Survey of Respiratory Therapy  3
Must be accepted into Program to take these Courses  
  RESP 2145 Introduction to Basic Therapeutic Modalities Lab 3
  RESP 2165 Equipment Management Lab  3
  RESP 2210 Elementary Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3
  RESP 2230 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 2
  RESP 2250 Basic Patient Assessment  2
  RESP 2270 Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 4
  RESP 2300 Basic Modalities in Respiratory Care I  3
  RESP 2310 Basic Modalities in Respiratory Care II 3
  RESP 2320 Essentials of Mechanical Ventilation 2
  RESP 2330 Entry Level Respiratory Therapy Review 1
  RESP 2520 Principles of Pharmacology  2
  RESP 2705 Clinical Applications I  4
  RESP 2715 Specialty Clinical Experiences 1
  RESP 2725 Clinical Applications II 3

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 69 semester credits
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)  
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1610 General Biology or College Biology I 3
MAT 1030 or MAT 1035 or STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or higher Quantitative Literacy 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3
  Semester total: 12
Semester 2  Course Title Credit Hours
ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab 1
CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for Health Sciences 4
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
RESP 1540 Survey of Respiratory Therapy 1
  Semester total: 12
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab 1
MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Lab 1
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 1
  Semester total: 9
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
RESP 2210  Elementary Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3
RESP 2145  Introduction to Basic Therapeutic Modalities Lab 3
RESP 2300  Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology  3
RESP 2310  Basic Modalities in Respiratory Care II 3
RESP 2250  Basic Patient Assessment  2
RESP 2705  Clinical Applications I 4
  Semester total: 18
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
RESP 2320 Essentials of Mechanical Ventilation 2
RESP 2230 Introductory Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 2
RESP 2165 Equipment Management Lab 3
RESP 2270 Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 4
RESP 2330 Entry Level Review 1
RESP 2520 Principles of Pharmacology 2
RESP 2715 Specialty Clinical Experiences 1
RESP 2725 Clinical Applications II 3
  Semester total: 18
  Degree total: 69



Allied Health


HP 142




Web Address:


Dianne Knight

Chair UVU Email:


Mission Statement

The mission statement of Utah Valley University Allied Health Program is to provide leadership and scholarship in educating dental hygienists who will improve the quality of health for diverse populations by advancing the delivery systems and science of Allied Health through interprofessional collaboration while adhering to professional standards.

The Department of Allied Health also seeks to positively impact the education of its students and the delivery of dental hygiene services to the public by fulfilling the goals below:

  • To provide quality progressive dental hygiene education using the latest evidence based research.
  • To prepare dental hygiene graduates who possess the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills to provide optimal dental hygiene  care through demonstrated competence.
  • To maintain and expand oral health care provided to diverse populations through clinical services and community outreach programs.
  • To increase the visibility of the department within the university and profession.



Allied Health

  • Administrative Support: Meridee Chilton
  • Office: HP 142d
  • Telephone: 801-863-7536
  • Email:
  • Mail Stop: 238
  • Pre-Dental and Dental Hygiene Advisor: Kristie Dockstader
  • Office: HP 101b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6974
  • Email:

Our program offers an Associate in Applied Science as well as a Bachelor Completion degree in Dental Hygiene, and an Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of  Science in Respiratory Therapy (students admitted into the program will work with the Respiratory Therapy Program Director and/or Director of Clinical Education). The Dental Hygiene AAS program prepares graduates to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, and all Regional or State Board Exams. to apply for state licensure.* Completion of the program prepares graduates to enter private practice as competent dental hygiene professionals. The program is competency based and student centered in nature. The program focuses on developing the knowledge and skill needed in dental hygiene while it strives to develop student problem solving and critical thinking skills, communication skills and teaching/education skills. The curriculum also develops student professionalism and promotes lifelong learning, community awareness, engagement and service.

* Applicants to the AAS Dental Hygience program, who have questions about their potential for licensure in a particular state, should contact that state’s board of dental hygiene.

The AAS program is a competitive admission program. Please refer to our department website for a complete description of our application process and requirements. Call our office with any questions.

You must apply and be officially accepted into our program to declare yourself a dental hygiene major in order to begin taking Dental Hygiene courses.

The AAS curriculum includes a total of 82 credits including prerequisites. These pre-requisite courses must be taken before applying to the Dental Hygiene Program:

  • CHEM 1110 Chemistry for the Health Professions
  • ENGL 1010 College Writing
  • MATH 1050 College Algebra.
  • ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy Lecture
  • ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab
  • ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology
  • ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab

Please be aware that some of the above prerequisites have their own prerequisites. Please contact the Biology Department for information on their prerequisites for the Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses and the Chemistry Department for their prerequisites for CHEM 1110

The Bachelor Completion Program includes a total of 120 credits. It has a competitive admission process as well. It builds on the credits received in the AAS program. It offers several tracts of 12 credits each.. Please refer to our department website for information concerning the application process, required courses and other important information. Bear in mind that students need their two year degree in dental hygiene prior to matriculating into this program.

One important pre-requisite to entering the Bachelor program is an Associate level degree in dental hygiene from an accredited school in the United States. The Associate level degree must be transferable to the USHE higher education system. 

Advisory Committee:

Melinda Reich RDH AAS, Rhella Christensen RDH PH.D, Alexander Larsen DDS, Michelle Martin, RDH, Lauren Perucca  RDH.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of national, state and regional exams, graduates are eligible for positions in private dental offices, public health programs, school health programs, dental hygiene education and research.

Program Information

Students are required to follow departmental infection control policies and procedures that are based on OSHA regulations and CDC recommendations. They must meet the health and safety requirements participating facilities require of their employees. These requirements must be met prior to enrollment in Dental Hygiene 1010:

  1. Documentation of current immunization for Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis B, and Negative Mantoux for tuberculosis. (negative chest x-ray if Mantoux is contra indicated/positive). Students may refuse any immunization by signing a waiver and release from liability. Immunization may also be waived with documentation of acceptable titer or written documentation from a physician of immunization risk. 
  2. Current CPR certification (American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers, American Red Cross Health Care Provider, or National Safety Council); certification must remain current throughout academic program. Students will have professional liability insurance through UVU’s comprehensive liability insurance policy. This liability insurance is in effect when students are performing within the scope of their assigned clinical/laboratory activities and under the supervision of Department of Allied Health faculty and supervising dentists.

The Department of Allied Health adheres to UVU policy allowing students, staff or faculty with AIDS, ARC, or HIV to participate in all phases of College life within established College policies. The Department will respect the confidentiality of individuals with AIDS, ARC, or HIV insofar as the safety of others is not in question. College policy is not to test students, faculty or staff for the AIDS virus. See Policy A-9.1 for full college policy. State Licensure requirements may consider health status. Applicants with questions regarding Licensure policies should contact the licensing division of the state(s) in which they intend to seek Licensure following graduation.

Costs for the AAS Dental Hygiene program include a $3175 program fee per semester for four (4) semesters, in addition to UVU tuition and laboratory fees (these costs are subject to change). This fee is subject to change on a yearly basis and the student is responsible to pay any fee increases, regardless of when they began the program. Students are required to purchase their own dental instruments, some clinical supplies, and uniforms. Students are responsible for transportation to the clinic and other clinical sites, as well as other field experiences and any State, Regional or National boards and licensing.

The AAS Dental Hygiene program is challenging academically and in the amount of time involved on campus and at clinical experiences. Students should plan for some evening and weekend clinical experiences in dental hygiene courses. Students will provide patient care in a clinical setting. While volunteer patients come to the clinic for treatment, students should seek patients for some clinical experiences, and are ultimately responsible for obtaining their clinical patients.

The BS Dental Hygiene program does not entail a special fee or clinical component.

Students in either the AAS or BS program will be informed of additional departmental policies following admission to the program.

The Utah Valley University Dental Hygiene Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission on Dental Accreditation, which operates under the auspices of the American Dental Association, is a peer review mechanism that include the involvement of members of the discipline, the broad educational community, employers, practitioners, then dental licensing community and public members. All of these groups participate in a process designed to ensure educational quality.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at:

211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago IL 60611
(312) 440-4653

Admission Requirements

Admission to UVU does not constitute admission to any of the Dental Hygiene Programs. Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program requires a separate and competitive admission process.

For specific admission criteria, please visit our department web-site Feel free to contact the Department of Allied Health at 801-863-7536 or 801-863-6974, or e-mail a request for information to

All applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. No telephone or in-person requests for admission status will be answered. Students not admitted for the semester of application must reapply for the next application period and compete with the new pool for admission. There is no waiting list for either program.

Transfer of Credits

For information regarding the transfer of credits from other institutions of higher learning for general education and required courses, other than Dental Hygiene courses, please contact the Graduation and Transfer Services office (BA 114g, telephone 801-863-8438). For Dental Hygiene courses, contact the Department of Allied Health after you have been notified of acceptance into the AAS program.


The Department of Allied Health reserves the right to modify the curriculum as needed to meet accreditation requirements and changes in the profession.


The Department of Allied Health has a working Dental Hygiene clinic serving the general public.  Clinic appointments can be made by calling 801-863-7608.



Dianne Knight(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Allied Health
Department Chair, Faculty

B.S., Dental Hygiene, Weber State College; M.B.A., Marketing, Cal Poly Pomona.

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Karen Preston(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Allied Health

B.S., Dental Hygiene, Weber State College.

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Sandra Wilson(2015)

Associate Professor

Department: Allied Health

A.A.S., Dental Hygiene, Colorado Northwestern Community College; B.A., Broadcast Journalism, Brigham Young University; M.A., Curriculum & Instruction, Colorado Christian University.

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Kathleen Young(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Allied Health

A.S., Dental Hygiene, Cabrillo College; B.S., Dental Hygiene, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instructional Technology, University of Utah.

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