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Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S.

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Requirements

An Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy consists of comprehensive classroom and clinical curricula that prepares students for matriculation into the BS Respiratory Therapy program and 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: 72

Matriculation Requirements:

1. Complete the following coursework:

  • College English
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • College Biology with lab (5 credits)
  • Chemistry (4 credits)
  • Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Physics
  • Survey of Respiratory Therapy
  • Note: Must pass all general education and pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a “C” grade or higher

2. Complete the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS)

3. Submit Application Fee and Application by the third Friday in September

4. Personal Interview: All candidates will be screened and those deemed to meet or exceed basic application requirements will be invited for an interview. This interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program as students will compete with all other applicants for matriculation into a cohort. Applicants must bring a photo ID to the interview.

5. Other Determining Factors

  • Prior healthcare experience (preferred, but not required)
  • Shadowing opportunity (recommended)
  • Discipline for academic performance
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Drug Screen
General Education Requirements: 27 Credits
Complete one of the following:  
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing (3) 3
  ENGL 101H Introduction to Writing (3)
  ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5)
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
 Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
 Complete One of the following 2
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2) (Highly recommended)  
  EXSC 1097 Fitness for Life (2)  
Distribution Courses:  
  PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span (3)  
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I (4) 4
and BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences 4
or CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (4)  
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
and MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory 1
Discipline Core Requirements: 45 Credits
Complete one of  the following:  4
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (3.0)  
and  ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory (1.0)  
  ZOOL 232H Human Anatomy (3.0)  
and  ZOOL 232L Human Anatomy Laboratory  (1.0)  
Complete the following:  
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
and  ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
  PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics 3
  RESP 1540 Survey of Respiratory Therapy  1
Must be accepted into Program to take these Courses  
  RESP 2145 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Lab 3
  RESP 2165 Mechanical Ventilation Lab  2
  RESP 2210 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology I 3
  RESP 2230 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I 2
  RESP 2250 Basic Patient Assessment  2
  RESP 2270 Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
  RESP 2300 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 3
  RESP 2320 Mechanical Ventilation I 3
  RESP 2330 Entry Level Respiratory Therapy Review 1
  RESP 2420 Critical Thinking in Respiratory Care 2
  RESP 2520 Principles of Pharmacology  2
  RESP 2705 Clinical Practice I  3
  RESP 2715 Specialty Clinical Experiences 1
  RESP 2725 Clinical Practice II 3

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 72 semester credits
  2. Must earn a C or higher in ALL Respiratory Therapy discipline courses, general education courses, and pre-requisite courses.
  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
RESP 1540 Survey of Respiratory Therapy 1
Complete one of the following: 3
MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning
MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning wtih Integrated Algebra
STAT 1040 Introduc tion to Statistics
STAT 1045 Introduc tion to Statistics with Algebra
MATH 1050 College Algebra
PSY 1010 or PSY 1100 General Psychology or Human Development Life Span 3
HLTH 1100 or EXSC 1097 Personal Health or Fitness for Life 2
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Intro to Writing or Literacies Across Contexts 3
  Semester total: 12
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3*
CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for Health Science or Principles of Chemistry 4
BIOL 1610 & 1615 College Biology and Laboratory 5
  Semester total: 12
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab 1
PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics 3
  Semester total: 7
Semester 4 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
  Semester total: 8
Semester 5 SPRING START ONLY Course Title Credit Hours
RESP 2145 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Lab 3
RESP 2210   Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology I 3
RESP 2230 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I 2
RESP 2250    Basic Patient Assessment  2
RESP 2300   Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 3
RESP 2520 Principles of Pharmacology 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
RESP 2165 Mechanical Ventilation Lab 2
RESP 2270 Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
RESP 2320 Mechanical Ventilation I 3
RESP 2705    Clinical Practice I 3
RESP 2420 Critical Thinking in Respiratory Care 2
RESP 2715 Specialty Clinical Experiences 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
RESP 2330 Entry Level Respiratory Therapy Review 1
RESP 2725 Clinical Practice II 3
  Degree total: 72

Department

Allied Health

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