First-Professional B.S. in Respiratory Therapy Curriculum and Requirements
The Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, located at our Palm Beach Student Educational Center, has applied for accreditation with the CoARC (Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care) for the first-professional Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program.
Below are the requirements for entry into the program as well as the professional curriculum. Enrollment will not begin until we receive provisional accreditation from the CoARC.
Please fill out the contact form for inquiries about the program and updates regarding our status.
Admission to the BSRT First-Professional program
- Completion of all prerequisite coursework listed below with a minimum grade of C, from a regionally accredited college of university.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate work.
- Minimum cumulative Science GPA of 2.75.
- Application with writing sample, two evaluations (reference) forms and an application fee. The writing sample must include the following: 1) A clear statement of the goals set for entering the BSRT program.
- Official transcripts from each high school, university/college attended.
- Prerequisite credit may be transferred into Nova Southeastern University from a regionally accredited college or university. The Office of Transfer Evaluation Services will review all courses for equivalence.
(Subject to change without notice)
|Math (higher than level 1040 one of which must be College Algebra )||6|
|Written Communication above 1000 level||6|
|*Human Anatomy & Physiology 1&2 w/ Lab||8|
|*Microbiology w/ Lab||4|
|*Physics 1 w/ lab||4|
|*General Chemistry w/lab||4|
|* These courses will meet the Natural and Physical Science General Education requirement of 6 credits|
Highly Recommended Courses
|Organic/ Inorganic Chemistry w/ lab||4|
NSU Professional Curriculum
|NSU PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM||Credits|
|Semester 1 (Fall) 16 weeks|
|RCP 3002 Cardiopulmonary A&P w/lab||3|
|RCP-3003 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care / Lab||4|
|RCP-3004 Respiratory Basics & Patient Assessment w / Lab||4|
|BHS 4031 Statistics for Health Sciences||3|
|Semester 2 (Winter) 18 weeks|
|RCP-3501 Clinical 1 (One 8 hr. day/wk. for 10 weeks)||1|
|RCP-3007 Pulmonary Disease||3|
|RCP-3008 Pharmacology for Respiratory Therapy||3|
|RCP-3009 Patient Monitoring w/ Lab||4|
|RRT- 4009 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Respiratory Care||3|
|Semester 3 (Summer) 12 weeks|
|RCP-3502 Clinical 2 Two 12 hr. days/wk. for 10 weeks||3|
|RCP-3011 Mechanical Ventilation w/lab||4|
|RCP-3012 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and PFT w/ lab||3|
|RCP-3013 Human and Infectious Disease (non-pulmonary)||3|
|Semester 4 (Fall) 16 weeks|
|RCP-4501 Clinical 3. Three 12 hour days/wk. for 10 weeks||5|
|RCP-4001 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care w/Lab||4|
|RCP-4002 Cardiopulmonary Technology/Specialties||3|
|RCP-4003 Alternate Respiratory Disciplines||3|
|Semester 5 (Winter) 18 weeks|
|RCP-4502 Clinical 4. Three 12 hr. days/wk. for 10 weeks||5|
|RRT 4006 Leadership and Management in Respiratory Care||3|
|RCP-4100 Clinical Seminar 1||2|
|RCP-4005 Healthcare Research and Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|Semester 6 (Summer) 12 weeks|
|RCP-4503 Specialization Clinical 5
Three 12 hr. days/wk for 10 weeks
|RCP-4101 Clinical Seminar 2||1|
|Total Professional Program Credits||75
|Total Prerequisites and Professional Credits||120|
(Program requirements and curriculum are current as of March 2013. Requirements are subject to change without notice).
For accreditation information, please contact or visit:
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
817-354-8519 (Plain Paper Fax)
817-510-1063 (Fax to E-mail)
For programmatic outcomes, please click here.