Cardiorespiratory Care (BS)
|Cardiorespiratory Care (BS)||Credit Hours|
|Successful completion of 121 semester hours of Pre-Professional and Professional course work as specified below.|
|I. Pre-Professional Component||59-63|
|Area I - Written Composition||6|
|EH 101||3 hrs|
|EH 102||3 hrs|
|Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts||12|
|CA 110||3 hrs|
|ARH 100, 103,123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101||3 hrs|
|EH 215 or EH 216 or EH 225 or EH 226 or EH 235 or EH 236||3 hrs|
|*Humanities Elective (recommend PHL 121 or PHL 131 if HY sequence chosen)||3 hrs|
|Area III - Natural Sciences & Math||11|
|MA 112||3 hrs|
|BLY 121/BLY 121L||4 hrs|
|CH 131/CH 131L||4 hrs|
|Area IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences||12|
|PSY 120||3 hrs|
|SY 109 or SY 112||3 hrs|
|HY 101 or HY 102 or HY 135 or HY 136||3 hrs|
|*Social Science Elective||3 hrs|
|Area V - Pre-Professional, Major & Electives**||18-22|
|ST 305 (preferred) or ST 210||3 hrs|
|PH 104, PH 114, or PH 115||4-5 hrs|
|BMD 210 or BLY 213||3 hrs|
|BMD 251, BMD 252||8 hrs|
|***CIS 010 or CIS 150||0-3 hrs|
*Must complete two course sequence in Literature or History.
|II. Professional Component||62|
|CRC 330||5 hrs|
|CRC 331||3 hrs|
|CRC 334||3 hrs|
|CRC 342||3 hrs|
|CRC 335||5 hrs|
|CRC 345||3 hrs|
|CRC 346||3 hrs|
|CRC 332||4 hrs|
|CRC 428||3 hrs|
|CRC 415||2 hrs|
|CRC 430||2 hrs|
|CRC 435||3 hrs|
|CRC 440||6 hrs|
|CRC 450||2 hrs|
|CRC 447||2 hrs|
|CRC 441||6 hrs|
|CRC 446||2 hrs|
|CRC 451||2 hrs|
|CRC 460||3 hrs|
|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, 5721 USA North Drive, HAHN 3137, Mobile, Alabama 36688, Phone: (251)445-9284.|
|Special Course Fees:|
|CRC 330||$ 60.00|
|CRC 335||$ 80.00|
|CRC 460||$ 390.00|
Cardiorespiratory Care (BS)
Note: This form does not guarantee course availability. Please check the appropriate Schedule of Classes.
|1st Year||Credit Hours|
|EH 101||Composition I||3|
|CH 131||General Chemistry I||3|
|CH 131L||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|BLY 121||General Biology I||3|
|BLY 121L||General Biology I Lab||1|
|CA 110||Public Speaking||3|
|EH 102||Composition II||3|
|MA 112||Precalculus Algebra||3|
||Fine Arts Elective||3|
|SY 109||Introductory Sociology||3|
|2nd Year||Credit Hours|
|BMD 251||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BMD 210||Infectious Disease in HC Environments||3|
|PSY 120||General Psychology||3|
||Literature or Humanities Elective*||3|
|BMD 252||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|ST 305||Applied Statistics for Health Sciences||3|
||History or Social Science Elective*||3|
|PH 104||Concepts of Physics||4|
|*Must complete a sequence in Literature or History|
|3rd Year||Credit Hours|
|CRC 330||CRC Assessment Skills||5|
|CRC 331||Respiratory Anatomy & Physiology||3|
|CRC 342||Intermittent CRC Practicum
|CRC 332||Intermittent and Diagnostic CRC
||Intensive CRC Practicum I||3|
|CRC 346||Intensive CRC Practicum II||3|
|CRC 415||Research Meth||2|
|CRC 430||Neo-Ped. Care||2|
|CRC 431||Spec. Procedures||3|
|4th Year||Credit Hours|
|CRC 435||Critical Care Concepts||3|
|CRC 440||Advanced Clinical I||6|
|CRC 447||CRC Management||2|
|CRC 450||Clinical Research I||2|
|CRC 441||Advanced Clinical II||6|
|CRC 446||CRC Education||2|
|CRC 451||Clinical Research II||2|
|CRC 460||Advanced-Level Exam Review||3|
*Must complete a 2 course sequence in literature or history. Acceptable sequences are:
EH 215 and 216 or
1See back for options
|Cardiorespiratory Care Administrative Staff||(251) 445-9284|
|Chair||Timothy Op't Holt|
|Medical Director||Philip Almalouf|
|Professors||Chang, Op’t Holt|
|Senior Clinical Instructor||Pruitt|
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 accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), www.coarc.com, Program #200267. Student and graduate outcomes are found at: https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx. Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care Examinations for entry into practice.
The curriculum is divided into two components: the Pre-Professional Component and the Professional Component.
The Pre-Professional Component (freshman and sophomore years) may be completed in two years and consists of 59-63 semester hours of prescribed and elective course work.
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.
cardiorespiratory care curriculum
The Cardiorespiratory Care curriculum incorporates problem-based learning and team-based learning in its curriculum. These instructional methodologies require students to actively participate in the learning process. Problem-based learning and team-based learning are used to develop and improve the students' problem-solving and decision-making skills.
In the two problem-based learning courses, students work in groups 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.
General Curriculum Description: Clinical Statement
The curriculum includes over 800 hours of clinical experiences in adult, pediatric, and neonatal acute care and in specialty areas (such as sleep diagnostics, pulmonary function testing, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization, long-term care/home care), and in community service. Each semester includes a clinical component.
admission requirements for the professional component
- Completed application form submitted no later than March 15 of the year for which admission is requested. (Late applications will be evaluated based on individual circumstances.)
- A minimum of a 2.8 cumulative grade-point average in the mathematics and science prerequisites.
- A minimum of a 2.8 cumulative grade-point average in the Pre-Professional Component.
- A personal interview with the Cardiorespiratory Care Admissions Committee.
- Tour of hospital.
- International students must score a minimum of 76 on the TOEFL exam with the following
minimum subscores on the IBT:
- Listening 20
- Speaking 20
- Reading 18
- Writing 18
or an IELTS score of 6.