The Hands of Experience® in Advanced Health Care

Entry Level Bachelor Degree Respiratory Care

Program Goals

Goal 1: To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Goal 2: To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Goal 3: To prepare our graduates to take the NBRC examination upon graduation and to achieve the high cut score on the TMC examination and to pass the CSE to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Entry into Profession Traditional Program Length

  • 8 semesters

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science In Respiratory Care

Facts about the program

  • The program is 8 semester sequential program.
  • Classroom, laboratory, and clinical rotations are required.
  • Clinical training includes:
    • Patient evaluation and appropriate treatment selection
    • Assessment of treatment efficacy
    • Reviewing clinical data
    • Performing therapeutic procedures
    • Performing and promoting pulmonary wellness
    • Advanced training in the critical care areas
    • Specialty training in the neonatal intensive care
  • Specialty skill training in:
    • Critical thinking
    • Clinical and ethical decision making
    • Disease management
    • Patient and community education

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must be either a graduate of an accredited high school or have a high school equivalent through GED testing. All applicants are encouraged to take the ACT and submit results to St. Mary’s School of Respiratory Care. Students who have fewer than 12 hours of college credits are required to have taken the ACT examination.

High school seniors and applicants who have completed fewer than 12 College Credit Hours Must Have:

  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum of C on all college courses completed

The following high school courses are strongly recommended:

  • English - 4 units
  • Science - 3 units (chemistry, biology I and biology II)
  • Math - 2 units (one should be algebra)
  • Social Studies - 3 units

Applicants who have completed at least 12 college credit hours must have:

  • A minimum of C on each required non-respiratory course completed
  • An overall 2.0 GPA (C average) or better on ALL courses completed
  • An overall 2.0 GPA on all courses completed at Marshall University
  • Taken 12 college semester credit hours at the 100 level or above for a grade

GED applicants must:

  • Meet criteria for GED admission as stated in the Marshall University undergraduate catalog
  • Have completed at least 12 college credit hours at the 100 level and earned grades of C or above
  • Meet criteria for applicants who have completed at least 12 college credit hours

Courses in the Curriculum

Non-Respiratory Courses taken at Marshall University

  • BSC 227 Human Anatomy
  • BSC 228 Human Physiology
  • BSC 250 Microbiology
  • CHM 203 General Chemistry
  • COM 103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • ENG 101 Beginning Composition
  • ENG 201 Advanced Composition
  • MTH 121 Concepts & Application
  • PSY 201 General Psychology
  • SOC 200 Introductory Sociology
  • Fine Arts Elective (ART 112, MUS 142, THE 112)
  • Humanities Elective (see Marshall’s catalog for course listings)
  • Medical Terminology Course (CLS 105 or HS 200)
  • Statistics Course (MTH 225, MGT 218, PSY 223)

Respiratory Courses

  • RSP 100 Respiratory Pharmacology
  • RSP 101 Intro to Respiratory Care
  • RSP 102 and 102L Intro to Respiratory Care Proc. And lab
  • RSP 201 Pulmonary Pathophysiology
  • RSP 202 Mechanical Vent Tech & Mgt
  • RSP 203 Respiratory Internship I
  • RSP 206 Neonatal/Pediatric Resp. Care
  • RSP 207 Intro to Critical Care Mgt.
  • RSP 208 Seminar in Resp Care
  • RSP 209 Respiratory Internship II
  • RSP 210 Respiratory Internship III
  • RSP 211 Dynamics of Pulmonary
  • RSP 212 Acute/Chronic Respiratory Management
  • RSP 301 Intro to Respiratory Mgt.
  • RSP 302 Respiratory Internship IV
  • RSP 303 Respiratory Education
  • RSP 304 Advanced Neonatal & Peds
  • RSP 307 Advanced Techniques Adult Critical Care
  • RSP 308 Respiratory Management and Performance Improvement
  • RSP 401 Intro to Sleep Disorders
  • RSP 402 Trends & Issues in Respiratory Care
  • RSP 403 Respiratory Care Research
  • RSP 404 Advance Respiratory Care Practicum
  • RSP 420 Capstone in Respiratory Care