* An Associate of Science degree is considered a terminal degree. The decision on course transferability rests with the receiving institution.
Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy prepares students for employment as respiratory therapists under the supervision of licensed physicians. A Respiratory Therapist provides education, diagnostic testing and respiratory therapy in the management of conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute cardio-respiratory failure, asthma, and other pulmonary pathologies. Graduates are eligible to take both the national certification examination and the national registry examination given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and are eligible to be licensed by the State of Florida.
Responsibilities of a respiratory therapist include:
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT’s).
Outcomes data from the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: http://www.coarc.com/47.html.
The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s Respiratory Therapy Program’s mission and goals:
To receive an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy, students must earn 88.0 credit hours. Each course in the Respiratory Therapy major is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher in order to progress to the next course in the sequence. Students must complete all courses in the program core. Requirements are as follows:
|Respiratory Therapy Major Courses ( 51.0 credit hours total )|
|Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals||4.0 credit hours|
|Respiratory Therapy Theory||4.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Respiratory Medicine||4.0 credit hours|
|Pharmacology for Respiratory Care||4.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum I||3.0 credit hours|
|Diagnostic Procedures in Respiratory Care||4.0 credit hours|
|Intensive Respiratory Care||4.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum II||3.0 credit hours|
|Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Therapy||4.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum III||3.0 credit hours|
|Special Topics in Respiratory Therapy||4.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum IV||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum V||3.0 credit hours|
|Respiratory Therapy Management||4.0 credit hours|
* An Associate of Science Degree is considered a terminal degree and is not transferable.
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