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).
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|
* An Associate of Science Degree is considered a terminal degree and is not transferable.
|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|
|Clinical Compliance Tracking||266.00|
|BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP||Market Value|
|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.
Director of Clinical Education
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* An Associate of Science degree is considered a terminal degree. The decision on course transferability rests with the receiving institution.
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