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DEPARTMENT OF CARDIORESPIRATORY CARE
 
Chair: William Wojciechowski (251) 434-3405
Medical Director: Ronald Allison
Professor: Op’t Holt
Associate Professor: Wojciechowski
Clinical Assistant Professor: Hill
Clinical Instructor: Pruitt
 
Department of Cardiorespiratory Care web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/crc
 
The University of South Alabama offers a complete program in Cardiorespiratory Care leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum provides a broad education in liberal arts and basic sciences and an in-depth study in respiratory therapy and non-invasive cardiovascular technology. The program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care Examination for entry into practice.
The curriculum is divided into two components: the Pre-Professional Component and the Professional Component.
 
PRE-PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
The Pre-Professional Component (freshman and sophomore years) may be completed in two years and consists of 68 semester hours of prescribed and elective course work.
 
PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
The Professional Component (junior and senior years) consists of two years of academic and clinical study in Cardiorespiratory Care. The program includes one summer term between the junior and senior years. All candidates must have satisfied the requirements of the Pre-Professional Component to qualify for admission to the Professional Component. Enrollment into the Pre-Professional Component as a Cardiorespiratory Care major does NOT automatically assure the student admission to the Professional Component. Enrollment in the Professional Component is limited and admission is based on academic record and aptitude for a career in respiratory therapy and non-invasive cardiovascular technology as evidenced by personal qualifications such as character and motivation.
Students will be required to complete formal application to the Professional Component. The application process normally begins in the spring semester of the sophomore year.
 
PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING CURRICULUM
The Cardiorespiratory Care curriculum is a problem-based curriculum. This instructional methodology requires students to be active participants in the learning process. This method of teaching is used to develop and improve the students’ problem-solving abilities.
In the curriculum, students work in groups (5-7 students) and solve case studies under the direction of faculty members. Students assume the major responsibility for resolving the problems in the case studies by utilizing a variety of resources.
This approach to learning emphasizes self-direction, independent thinking, decision-making, information gathering, and problem solving. All of these skills are needed to succeed in the clinical setting. Students also develop and improve communication skills through this process, as they interact with fellow students, instructors, and other health care personnel. Students learn the value of working together as a team through the small group process.
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
1. Completed application form with appropriate application fee submitted no later than March 15 of the year for which admission is requested. (Late applications will be evaluated based on individual circumstances.)
2. A minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average in the science prerequisites.
3. A minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average in the Pre-Professional Component.
4. A personal interview with the Cardiorespiratory Care Admissions Committee.
5. Tour of hospital
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN CARDIORESPIRATORY CARE
Successful completion of 134 semester hours of Pre-Professional and Professional course work as specified below.
I. Pre-Professional Component  
Area I - Written Composition
(6)
EH 101, EH 102
3,3
   
Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts
(12)
CA 110
3
ARH 100, 103, ARH 123, ARH 240, ARH 242, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101
3
EH 215 or EH 216 or EH 225 or EH 226 or EH 235 or EH 236
3
*Humanities Elective (recommend
PHL 121 or PHL 131 if HY sequence chosen)
3
   
Area III - Natural Sciences & Math
(11)
MA 112
3
CH 131/CH 131L, CH 132/CH 132L
4,4
   
Area IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
(12)
PSY 120
3
SY 109
3
HY 101 or HY 102 or HY 135 or HY 136
3
*Social Science Elective
3
   
Area V - Pre-Professional, Major & Electives**
(27)
ST 210
3
BLY 121/BLY 121L
4
PH 104
4
BMD 210
3
CLS 114, CLS 115
8
CIS 150
3
AHP 101
2
   
*Must complete two course sequence in Literature or History.  
**All Area V courses are required for entry into the Cardiorespiratory Care Program.  
   
II. Professional Component  
Junior Year      
Fall   Spring  
CRC 330 4 CRC 335 6
CRC 331 3 CRC 345 6
CRC 332 5 EMT 340 3
CRC 334 1   15
CRC 342 3    
  16    
Summer      
  Either:      
CRC 430 3    
CRC 440 5    
  Or:      
CRC 432 4    
CRC 442 5    
  And:      
CRC 415 2    
  10-11    
       
Senior Year      
Fall   Spring  
  Either:     Either:  
CRC 430 3 CRC 430 3
CRC 440 5 CRC 440 5
  Or:     Or:  
CRC 431 3 CRC 431 3
CRC 441 5 CRC 441 5
  Or:     Or:  
CRC 432 4 CRC 432 4
CRC 442 5 CRC 442 5
  And:     And:  
CRC 446 2 CRC 447 2
CRC 450 1 CRC 451 2
CRC 429 1   12-13
  12-13    
       
 
In special situations, advanced standing may be available in the form of transfer credits and equivalency examinations. Documentation of pertinent information submitted by advanced-standing applicants, such as individuals having an associate degree in respiratory therapy, certified respiratory therapy technicians, or practitioners credentialed in other allied health professions, will be reviewed by the Cardiorespiratory Care Admissions Committee to determine the actual awarding and the method of advanced standing. Applicants seeking advanced standing at the University of South Alabama should consult directly with the Chair of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care, USA Springhill, 1504 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, Alabama 36604-3273, Phone: (251)434-3405.
 
Special Fees
A special course fee is assessed in each of the following courses:
CRC 330
$60.00
 
CRC 431
100.00
 
CRC 450
19.00
 
CRC 451
19.00
 
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CARDIORESPIRATORY CARE (CRC) COURSES
 
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