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Respiratory Therapy, AS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Fort Lauderdale

* 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. Successful completion of the program qualifies graduates to receive an Associate of Science degree, and become eligible to sit for the national accreditation exams for the designation of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and apply for state license as a respiratory therapist. The national examinations consist of the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TCM) and the Clinical Simulation Examination(CSE) offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). Information on the exam process is available through the NBRC at

Responsibilities of a respiratory therapist include:

  • Identifying lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatment methods.
  • Interviewing patients and doing chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their condition.
  • Consulting with physicians to recommend a change in therapy, based on patient evaluation.
  • Analyzing breath, tissue, and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases.
  • Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own.
  • Responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care.
  • Educating patients and families about lung disease so they can maximize their recovery.

Program Objectives

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).

2015 Programmatic Outcomes Data ( Published by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care )

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:


The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s Respiratory Therapy Program’s mission and goals:

  • To provide an environment in which students demonstrate ethical behaviors, critical thinking skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Development of clinical skills, treatment techniques, understanding of methodology, and rationale for implementation and interpretation of diagnostics and cardio-respiratory care.
  • To provide the students with an academic foundation to adequately fulfill the role of a respiratory care practitioner in a clinical setting.

Program Goals

  • 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).

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Background check and drug screening.
  • Completion of prerequisites BSC2085C and BSC2086C, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a minimum of a “B” in each course.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses: MCB2000C and CHEM2045/L and all general education coursework with a minimum grade of “C” for each course.
  • Cumulative grade average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0

Program Outline

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

General Education Courses ( 37.0 credit hours )

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* An Associate of Science Degree is considered a terminal degree and is not transferable.

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