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To ensure that all students in the program receive equivalent clinical training, the program accepts a maximum of 29 students per year.

The program application deadline is March 15 of the year for which the student is applying.
Classes in the Cardiorespiratory Care Program begin in August of each year during the Fall Semester in conjunction with the University of South Alabama academic calendar.
Because the courses taught in the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care are taught in a specific sequence, you can only begin the professional phase of the program at the start of the Fall semester of each academic year. However, if you need to complete prerequisites for entry into the professional phase of the program, you may enroll in those courses anytime.
The Department of Cardiorespiratory Care offers a baccalaureate degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences.
Several major differences exist between the baccalaureate degree offered at this institution and an associate degree offered at a community college. The program at the University of South Alabama provides education and training in both respiratory therapy and cardiovascular technology, enabling the graduate to pursue more career pathways after graduation. An associate degree limits your education to only one allied health profession. Baccalaureate degree graduates tend to be more marketable because they generally possess an education with more breadth and depth. Baccalaureate degree graduates often advance through the ranks within a hospital department more quickly. Our students also receive an introduction to education, management, and research which is not provided at community colleges.
An array of career opportunities present themselves to persons who hold a baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy. Many of our graduates have pursued other medical areas such as physicians, physician assistants, perfusionists, echocardiographers, hospital administrators, basic science researchers, pharmaceutical representatives, and medical equipment representatives. To view a model curriculum using a B.S. degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences from this department for application to medical school, go to Health Pre-Professions Undergraduate Curricula.
In the Mobile area baccalaureate degree graduates can earn around $50,000.00 per year. That salary will vary depending on factors such as ACLS training, credentialing, shift differential, and level of responsibility.

The Financial Aid Office at the University of South Alabama will provide information about financial aid.

The average GPA of students entering the program varies from class to class. However, most students range somewhere between 2.70 to 3.00.
Refer to the Cardiorespiratory Care Model Curriculum. The preprofessional course work is outlined there.
No night classes in the professional phase of the program are offered.
At this time, the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care does not offer on-line respiratory therapy courses.