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Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Nova Southeastern University
Palm Beach Campus
11501 North Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

For more information, contact LeAnn Clairday at 561-805-2244 or by email.

Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Campus, Florida

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy First-Professional Program

Curriculum Requirements

Below are the requirements for entry into the program as well as the professional curriculum. Enrollment is open for Fall. Please fill out the VIP form for inquiries and to begin the application process.

Prerequisites

(Prerequisites 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 @ 1500 level or higher 6
*Human Anatomy & Physiology 1&2 w/ Lab 8
*Microbiology w/ Lab 4
*General Chemistry w/lab 4
Medical Terminology 1
TOTAL CREDITS 41
* 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
Physics 3

NSU Professional Curriculum

NSU PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM Credits
Semester 1 (Fall) 16 weeks
RCP 3002 Cardiopulmonary A&P 3
RCP-3003 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care / Lab 4
RCP-3004 Respiratory Basics & Patient Assessment w/Lab 4
RCP 4040 Statistics & Principles of Scientific Literature Evaluation 3
14
Semester 2 (Winter) 18 weeks
RCP-3501 Clinical I (One 8 hour day/wk. for 16 weeks) 2
RCP-3007 Pulmonary Disease 3
RCP-3008 Pharmacology for Respiratory Therapy 3
RCP-3011 Mechanical Ventilation w/Lab 4
RRT-4009 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Respiratory Care 3
15
Semester 3 (Summer) 12 weeks
RCP-3502 Clinical II (Two 8 hour days/wk. for 10 weeks) 3
RCP-3009 Patient Monitoring w/lab 4
RCP-3012 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and PFT w/Lab 4
RCP-3013 Human and Infectious Disease (non-pulmonary) 3
14
Semester 4 (Fall) 16 weeks
RCP-4501 Clinical III (Two 8 hour days/wk. for 16 weeks) 4
RCP-4001 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care w/Lab 4
RCP-4002 Cardiopulmonary Technology/Specialties 3
RCP-4003 Alternate Respiratory Disciplines 3
14
Semester 5 (Winter) 18 weeks
RCP-4502 Clinical IV (Two 12 hour days/wk. for 16 weeks) 6
RRT 4006 Leadership and Management in Respiratory Care 3
RCP-4100 Clinical Seminar 1 2
RCP-4005 Healthcare Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
14
Semester 6 (Summer) 12 weeks
RCP-4503 Specialization Clinical V
(Three 12 hour days/wk for 10 weeks)
6
RCP-4101 Clinical Seminar 2 2
8
Total Professional Program Credits 79
Total Prerequisites and Professional Credits 120

(Program requirements and curriculum are current as of July 2015. Requirements are subject to change without notice).