The emphasis of the curriculum is to enhance and advance the student's professional career in respiratory therapy with additional education in administration, research and evaluation, and advanced critical care. Students seeking admission into this program will already be board-certified practicing Respiratory Therapists. The program culminates in a capstone experience that is developed around the students' specific professional interest area. The curriculum offers specific professional course work in advanced critical care, advanced pharmacology, program administration, evidence-based practice, and clinical outcomes evaluation. The required core courses are as follows: RESP 3101, 3102, 3103, 3104, 3105, 4101, 4102, 4103, 4104, 4111; NURN 4201.
The B.S.R.T. program provides working respiratory therapists the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy through flexible scheduling that minimizes disruptions to their daily lives. The American Association for Respiratory Care 2005 Human Resources Study reported that the number of respiratory therapists with a bachelor's degree or higher was 45% as compared to 30% in 2000. Earning a bachelor's degree can open the door to opportunities in education, management and leadership, clinical specialties, research, pharmaceutical sales, and more.
Registered Respiratory Therapists seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy may apply for admission to B.S.R.T. degree program. Criteria for admission to the program are a current unencumbered license as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in North Carolina or in the state of current employment, a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better from your Associate Degree program that is a CAAHEP-accredited respiratory therapy program, and must earn at least a C in all coursework taken by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which application is made.
Students must first apply for admission to the University, and then make a second application to the Department of Kinesiology. The final program admission decision is made by the Department of Kinesiology. Applicants are competitively reviewed for admission based on their cumulative GPA in all college transferable coursework. Satisfactorily completing the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. After evaluating the credentials of all applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements, the selection committee offers admission to students whose credentials demonstrate the highest level of academic achievement. Students are admitted in one cohort in the Fall semester. Students will be accepted directly into the program as a B.S.R.T. major. Applications are available electronically here.
Admission decisions are communicated in writing by the Department. Applicants who are denied may reapply.
Prerequisites for Participation in the Clinical Practicum (RESP 4111)
Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks. Students in a professional program may be asked by a clinical facility to undergo drug testing and/or have a criminal background check before being allowed to participate in a clinical experience at that facility. Students are responsible for the cost of drug testing and criminal background checks. All B.S.R.T. students must meet the University's immunization and health status requirements.
|First Semester: Fall||Second Semester: Spring|
|RESP 3101 Professional Roles & Dimensions of Respiratory Therapy* (3)||RESP 3105 Advanced Critical Care Monitoring (3)|
|RESP 3102 Outpatient Services in Respiratory Therapy (3)||RESP 4101 Program Design, Implementation, and Outcomes Evaluation (3)|
|RESP 3103 Advanced Pharmacology in Respiratory Therapy (3)||RESP 4104 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)|
|Third Semester: Summer|
|LBST Elective (3)|
|LBST Elective (3)|
|Fourth Semester: Fall||Fifth Semester: Spring|
|RESP 3104 Critical Care Pathophysiology (3)||NURN 4201 Information Technology: Applications in Health Care (2)|
|RESP 4102 Program Administration (3)||RESP 4111 Practicum (9)|
|RESP 4103 Evidence-Based Practice (3)|
*Students will be awarded 12 credits by examination for having successfully passed the RRT exam on successful completion of RESP 3101. Students will also need take elective courses totaling six hours to fulfill the 120 hours needed to graduate.
Students are eligible for financial aid under the same guidelines/regulations as students admitted to on-campus programs. Please check the Financial Aid website for more information.
Students have full access to the Atkins Library on the UNC Charlotte campus, including its electronic databases, through the Internet and on campus visits. A Distance Education librarian is available for consultation via toll-free phone, fax and email.
In order to participate in this distance education program, students will need personal, extended and convenient access to a computer and the Internet. High speed Internet access is highly recommended. Information regarding specific hardware and software requirements will be provided by the Office of Distance Education. Students will be provided technical assistance that can be accessed via the Internet or through a special toll-free telephone number.
RESP 3101 Professional Roles & Dimensions of Respiratory Therapy (3)
Course Description: This course encompasses an introduction to the history, trends, issues, and evolution of the respiratory therapy profession. The course includes an overview of selected respiratory theories and an analysis of the professional environment for the current and future practice of respiratory care. Topics and emphasis may vary. Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program. Fall
RESP 3102 Outpatient Services in Respiratory Therapy (3)
Course Description: This course encompasses an introduction to the history, trends, issues, and evolution of the outpatient services and reimbursement with the respiratory therapy profession. The course includes selected respiratory care theories and practices in alternate-care sites including pulmonary diagnostics, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, sub-acute care. Topics and emphasis may vary. Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program; Corequisite: RESP 3101. Fall
RESP 3103 Advanced Pharmacology in Respiratory Therapy (3)
Course Description: This course builds upon a basic understanding of the concepts and principles of pharmacology as applied in the respiratory therapy in the management of patient with cardiopulmonary disease and critical care. Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program; Corequisites: RESP 3101. Fall
RESP 3104 Critical Care Pathophysiology (3)
Course Description: A survey of the disease processes which affect the tissues, organs or the body as a whole. Special emphasis is placed on infectious diseases, their causes, prevention and treatment in the critical care setting. Admittance into RT program; Corequisite: RESP 3101. Fall
RESP 3105 Advanced Critical Care Monitoring (3)
Course Description: This course is a study of advanced cardiopulmonary monitoring used with critical care patients. Topics include but not limited to hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilator waveform graphic analysis, and capnography. Prerequisite: RESP 3101. Spring
RESP 4101 Program Design, Implementation, and Outcomes Evaluation (3)
Course Description: Evidence-based methods and techniques to design, implement, and evaluate healthcare quality control/improvement initiatives, and patient and population education programs. Prerequisite: RESP 3101. Spring
RESP 4102 Program Administration (3) (O)
Course Description: Administration, financial, human resource, legal, and policy concepts and issues in outpatient, inpatient, public, and private sector settings. Topics and emphases may vary. This course meets the university General Education requirements for Oral Communication in the Discipline. Prerequisite: Completion of all 3000 level courses. Fall
RESP 4103 Evidence-Based Practice (3)
Course Description: This course will provide the student with an introduction to the concept of evidence-based practice and an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to be able incorporate evidence and best practices into professional work. These include an understanding of research methods and the approach to critical appraisal of research literature. Prerequisite: Completion of all 3000 level courses. Fall
RESP 4104 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
Course Description: Advanced physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. This course includes study of respiratory physiology, cardiac and circulatory function with relevant clinical application of concepts in ECG interpretation, blood pressure regulation, gas exchange and transport, breathing regulation, respiratory insufficiency and congenital abnormalities. Prerequisite: RESP 3101. Spring
RESP 4111 Practicum (9) (W)
Course Description: This course includes experiences in a chosen focus area (clinical, administrative, or population-based). This experience will culminate in a capstone project in the form of research, or other scholarly activity that articulates the design, organization, statistics and data analysis used and includes an oral and written presentation of the project. This course meets the university General Education requirements for Writing in the Discipline. Prerequisite: RESP 4101, 4102, 4103. Spring