Respiratory Care Bachelor of Science

Total Credit Hours: 155

Major Credit Hours: 106

The Rush University respiratory care program prepares students for rewarding careers as advanced respiratory care practitioners and provides a foundation for leadership in management, education and clinical specialization. Respiratory Care Programs are accredited by the .

A grade of “C” or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Biology majors may take a Biology class only two times. If the student has not achieved a minimum of a “C” after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

The Biology Department will award 3 hours of credit for the General Education class 02-100 (Introduction to Biology) when students have received a score of 4 or 5 on AP tests. No credit is awarded for major classes based on AP scores.

A student entering this program must have an ACT composite score of 21.

Degree Requirements

I. Core Courses (65)

02-110General Biology I

4

02-111General Biology I Lab

1

03-110General Chemistry I

4

03-111General Chemistry I Lab

1

02-115General Biology II

4

02-116General Biology II Lab

1

03-115General Chemistry II

4

03-116General Chemistry II Lab

1

13-200Calculus I

4

-OR

13-211Calculus for the Life Sciences

4

02-220Genetics

4

02-221Genetics Lab

1

02-224General Microbiology

4

02-226General Microbiology Lab

1

03-220Organic Chemistry I

4

03-221Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

03-225Organic Chemistry II

4

03-226Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

02-320Biostatistics

3

02-335Advanced Clinical Physiology

3

02-336Case Studies in Human Physiology

1

02-355Biochemistry I- Molecular Biochemistry with Clinical Correlates

3

02-356Biochemistry I Lab

1

02-380Biochemistry Journal Club

1

02-422Human Anatomy

3

02-423Functional Human Anatomy Lab

1

17-200College Physics I

4

17-201College Physics I Lab

1

II. Students admitted to the Respiratory Care Program in this manner will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis University at the successful completion of the first three quarters of study at Rush University.

A total of 119 credit hours will be taken at Rush University to earn the Masters in Respiratory Care. All courses taken during the first three quarters (51) will be transferred back to Lewis University to meet the B.S. requirements. The student must complete the first three quarters (Fall, Winter and Spring) in order to be awarded the B.S. degree from Lewis University. If they do not complete the first three quarters, they would need to return to Lewis to fulfill the degree requirements.

The following courses would be taken at Rush University to obtain a B.S in Biology*:

RC-511Introduction to Respiratory Care

5

RC-512Cardiopulmonary Physiology

5

RC-513Respiratory Equipment and Techniques

5

IDS-510Healthcare in America

2

RC-521Patient Assessment

5

RC-522Pulmonary Disease

5

RC-523Mechanical Ventilation

4

RC-524Pharmacology

3

RC-531Critical Care

5

RC-532Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing

5

RC-533Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care

5

RC-534Clinical Observation

2

* Rush University operates on a quarterly basis versus a semester basis; credit hours are according to Rush University quarter credits.

III. The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by the successful completion of the following courses that contain strong writing components: General Biology Labs I and II and General Microbiology Lab.

IV. Consult the program fact sheet for the sequence of general education courses