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Associate of Science in Respiratory Care

This program focuses on preparing you to:

  • Function as a Respiratory Therapist under the direction of a physician
  • Assist in the evaluation, treatment, and care to patients of all ages with heart, lung, and breathing disorders
  • Work in a variety of health environments, including hospitals, physician offices, and specialized care hospitals

While attending the program, you can expect to take courses including Cardiopulmonary and Renal Physiology, Pediatric Respiratory Care, Neonatal Respiratory Care, and more. 

The Clinical Experience

Newman's urban setting allows for affiliation with large medical centers and smaller community hospitals, offering a wide variety of experiences.

Clinical instructors include respiratory therapists and physicians who have real world experience and knowledge of the latest advancements in pulmonary-related technology.

Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the degree include 33 hours of liberal arts courses and 42 hours of professional courses. You must have a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in all required courses.

Liberal Arts Requirements

The following courses must be completed with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher prior to entering the professional phase of the program.
  • College Algebra
  • College Writing 1
  • Human Anatomy & Lab
  • Human Physiology & Lab
  • Introduction to Chemistry & Lab
  • Microbiology & Lab
  • Oral Communication

The following courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher but may be completed during the professional phase.

  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Quest for Meaning Philosophy
  • Quest for Meaning Theology



Visit the University Catalog page for the most up-to-date curriculum requirements

Professional Courses


  • RC 1002 Introduction to Respiratory Care
  • RC 1014 Respiratory Care Procedures
  • RC 1012 Respiratory Care Procedures Lab
  • RC 2015 Cardiopulmonary & Renal Physiology
Total Credit Hours 13


  • RC 1023 Introductory Clinical Practicum
  • RC 2025 Cardiopulmonary Disorders & Management
  • RC 2024 Ventilators & Applied Critical Care
  • RC 2011 Ventilators & Applied Critical Care Lab
  • RC 2022 Introduction to Pediatric Respiratory Care
  • RC 2032 Introduction to Neonatal Respiratory Care

Total Credit Hours 17


  • RC 2120 Respiratory Care Practicum Validation
Total Credit Hours 0


  • RC 2112 Respiratory Care in Alternate Sites
  • RC 2125 Respiratory Care Practicum I
  • RC 2135 Respiratory Care Practicum II
Total Credit Hours 12