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 www.nbrc.org.
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).
2015 Programmatic Outcomes Data:
Published by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Outcomes data from the 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 receive an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy, students must earn 76.0 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 (42.0 credit hours total)|
|Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals||3.0 credit hours|
|Respiratory Therapy Theory||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Respiratory Medicine||3.0 credit hours|
|Pharmacology for Respiratory Care||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum I||3.0 credit hours|
|Diagnostic Procedures in Respiratory Care||3.0 credit hours|
|Intensive Respiratory Care||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum II||3.0 credit hours|
|Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Therapy||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum III||3.0 credit hours|
|Special Topics in Respiratory Therapy||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum IV||3.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practicum V||3.0 credit hours|
|Respiratory Therapy Management||3.0 credit hours|
|Behavioral Science (3.0 credit hours)|
|Introduction to Psychology||3.0 credit hours|
|Communications (3.0 credit hours)|
|Speech Communications||3.0 credit hours|
|Computers (3.0 credit hours)|
|Introduction to Computers||3.0 credit hours|
|English (3.0 Credit Hours)|
|English Composition I||3.0 credit hours|
|Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)|
|American Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|English Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|Mathematics (3.0 credit hours)|
|College Algebra||3.0 credit hours|
|Natural Science (16.0 credit hours)|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4.0 credit hours|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4.0 credit hours|
|Microbiology I||4.0 credit hours|
|General Chemistry||3.0 credit hours|
|General Chemistry Laboratory||1.0 credit hour|
* An Associate of Science Degree is considered a terminal degree and is not transferable.
Dr. George Peter Azar MD, FCCP
Lourdes Zambrana MBA, RRT
Director of Clinical Education
Virgil Bentley MLAS, RRT-ACCS
Lorraine Gooze BS, RRT
Dr. Chijioke Ejimofor MD
Pierre Vassor MBA, RRT-NPS
Girony Dort BS, RRT
|Estimated Average Expenses for the Respiratory Therapy Program|
|Tuition||$ 9,504.00 per semester|
|Education Fee||$ 770.00 per semester|
|Books||$ 600.00 per semester|
|Health Insurance||Market Value|
|Registration Fee||$ 145.00 non-refundable|
|Application Fee||$ 55.00 non refundable|
|Withdrawal Fee||$ 100.00|
|Re-Entry Fee||$ 150.00|
|Transcript Fee||$ 5.00|
|Clinical Compliance Tracking||$ 266.00|
|BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP||Market Value|
|Medical Expenses/Screenings||$ 293.00|
|Uniforms/Lab Coat/Stethoscope||$ 200.00|
|Practice Electronic Exams||$ 20.00|
|Self-Assessment Exam: Therapist Multiple Choice||$ 50.00|
|Self-Assessment Exam: Clinical Simulations for RRT||$ 70.00|
|Boards and State Licensure Fees|
|National Board of Respiratory Care: Therapist Multiple Choice Exam||$ 190.00|
|National Board of Respiratory Care: Clinical Simulations Exam||$ 200.00|
|Florida Board of Respiratory Care License Fees-RRT||$ 165.00|
* Refer to undergraduate student catalog for specific tuition and program fees.
Keiser University’s policy of equal opportunity, consistent with Federal policy, is that no person shall, on the grounds of race, creed, color, handicap, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or belief, be excluded from any training, be denied the benefit of training or be subjected to discrimination in any hiring practice or activity of the University. To ensure continued success in achieving equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its programs and departments, Keiser University hereby reaffirms that it is the responsibility of all staff administration and supervisory personnel to work actively to ensure equal opportunities within their respective departments, as well as to demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to equal opportunity for all persons. Management and supervisory personnel have a responsibility to provide leadership and support for equal opportunity programs.
* An Associate of Science degree is considered a terminal degree. The decision on course transferability rests with the receiving institution.
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