RRT-BS Curriculum

The RRT-BSRT program is designed to allow registered respiratory therapists that have completed an associate-level program the option of obtaining an advanced degree.  This program will allow those already practicing in the field of Respiratory Therapy to advance their degree. Our program is designed to help respiratory therapists improve their skills as leaders, educators, and advanced-level clinicians. We prepare students to become leaders in their role as an advanced-level therapist.

Core Requirement Courses for RT Bridge Program (56 Semester Hours)

 

The following list of courses is not intended to be a substitute for individual advisement by a Department of Respiratory academic advisor. Students with a four-year degree from a US accredited college or university, who also have earned the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, will be accessed to the RT Bridge Program with no additional core requirements.

 

Area I (6 Semester Hours)

EH 101 – English Composition I......................................................................................... (3)

EH 102 – English Composition II ........................................................................................(3)

*All students with less than 24 hours earned must take STU 101: First Year Experience Course.

 

Area II (12 Semester Hours)

Literature ................................................................................................................................(3)

Literature ................................................................................................................................(3)

Fine Arts..................................................................................................................................(3)

Humanities or Fine Art.........................................................................................................(3)

*Minimum of three hours of literature required (select from: EH 201, EH 202, EH 203, EH 204, EH 231, EH 232, EH 219, EH 220); a six-hour sequence of either literature or history is required. Minimum three hours of fine arts required (Select from ART 202, DR 242, MU 233 or FL 101). If student chooses only three hour of literature, then history must be a six-hour sequence, and an additional three hours of approved fine arts or humanities will be necessary.

 

Area III (11 Semester Hours)

*BY 101/103 Introductory Biology I ...................................................................................(4)

*CY 115 Concepts of General Chemistry ...........................................................................(4)

*MS 112 Precalculus Algebra ...............................................................................................(3)

*Approved Science from STARS Guide may be substituted for BY 101/103 and/or CY 115. MS 110 may be substituted for MS 112.

 

Area IV (12 Semester Hours)

History.....................................................................................................................................(3)

History ....................................................................................................................................(3)

PSY 201 Principles of Psychology .......................................................................................(3)

Social Science or Behavioral Science...................................................................................(3)

**Minimum of three hours of history required (select from HY 101, HY 102, HY 201, HY 202); a six-hour sequence of either literature or history is required. If student chooses only three hours of history, then literature must be a six-hour sequence and an additional three hours of approved social/behavioral science will be necessary.

 

Area V (15 Semester Hours)

BY 263 Anatomy and Physiology I .....................................................................................(4)

BY 264 Anatomy and Physiology II ....................................................................................(4)

Preprofessional, Major and Elective Courses ....................................................................(7)

RRT-BSRT Program Course Sequence

The RRT-BSRT program recognizes the past academic and experiential knowledge of the Registered Respiratory Therapist. RRTs are awarded 33 hours of RRT-BSRT Credit after completion of first semester course work. Students will be required to complete a total of 32 hours of course work at Jacksonville State University. The following core courses will be required for all students:

Spring Semester 

RT 442 Advanced Ventilatory Support 4 SH
RT 444 Critical Care Monitoring 2 SH
RT 446 Research for Respiratory Therapists 3 SH

Summer Semester

RT 450 Healthcare Education for Respiratory Therapists 4 SH
RT 452 Patient Care Management Strategies 3 SH
RT 454 Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Care 3 SH

Fall Semester

RT 456 Healthcare Leadership for Respiratory Therapists 4 SH
RT 458 Special Procedures 3 SH
RT 460 Alternative Care Roles for Respiratory Therapists 3 SH

Students will also be required to complete an Advanced Practice Elective. The elective can be taken in the semester of the student’s choice.

RT 448 Advanced Practice Elective 3 SH

Completion of the Advanced Practice Elective requires the student to prepare for and complete the requirements for one of the following advanced practice credentials:

Advanced Critical Care Specialist, Neonatal-Perinatal Specialist, Certified Asthma Education, Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist, Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, Certified Sleep Disorder Specialist, Registered Sleep Disorder Specialist, or Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist