Palm Beach, Florida Student Educational Center

Cardiopulmonary Sciences

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


(Subject to change without notice)

Course Credits
Humanities 6
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6
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
Medical Terminology 1
* These courses will meet the Natural and Physical Science General Education requirement of 6 credits  

Highly Recommended Courses

Course Credits
Genetics 3
Organic/ Inorganic Chemistry w/ lab 4

NSU Professional Curriculum

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
817-283-2835 (Office)
817-354-8519 (Plain Paper Fax)
817-510-1063 (Fax to E-mail)
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