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Respiratory Care

Additional Respiratory Care Program Information

Program Contact

Respiratory Care Office

RPC 3rd Floor, Room 331

(270) 706-8462

Program Director

Rebecca Higdon, MS, RRT-NPS

Director of Clinical Education

Stephanie Brothers, MAE, RRT

RPC 332

(270) 706-8660


Advanced Policy for Practicing CRTs Information

Advanced Policy for Currently Practicing CRTs

Respiratory Care: National Board For Respiratory Care (NBRC) Examination

A student who has passed the NBRC entry-level examination will be awarded thirty-seven to thirty-nine (37 – 39) semester hours of credits in the Respiratory Care Program after completion of at least 15 credit hours of the general education courses in the approved curriculum.  The student must also provide evidence of successful completion of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support course for health care providers.  Credit will be awarded for the following courses in the Respiratory Care Program:

  • RCP 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology (3 hr)
  • RCP 120 Theory and Principles of Respiratory Care (4 hr)
  • RCP 125 Basic Cardiopulmonary Evaluation (4 hr)
  • RCP 130 Pharmacology (3 hr)
  • RCP 150 Clinical Practice I (2 hr)
  • RCP 175 Clinical Practice II (3 hr)
  • RCP 180 Ventilatory Support (3 hr)
  • RCP 190 Advanced Ventilatory Support (2 hr)
  • RCP 200 Clinical Practice III (3 hr)
  • RCP 210 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology (3 hr)
  • RCP 212 Neonatal / Pediatric Respiratory Care (3 hr)
  • RCP 225 Clinical Practice IV (3 hr)
  • RCP 228 Preventive and Long Term Respiratory Care (1 hr)
  • *RCP 204 Special Procedures I (2 hr)

Credit for RCP 204 will be awarded to the Certified Respiratory Therapist who additionally provides documentation of training/certification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Procedures (NRP).

Note: Students seeking the Associate in Applied Science from the Respiratory Care Program must complete an individualized orientation program to assist in the transition to the Respiratory Care Program.