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Respiratory Care Courses.  Click here to see courses required for BS, RC.

 

 

Courses listed here fulfill requirements for a Bachelor of Science, major in Respiratory Care, from North Dakota State University.  Upon completion of all educational requirements, including the internship, NDSU bestows the baccalaureate degree and the graduate is eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, curriculum requirements tend to be updated annually.  Students are subject to meeting the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a major or program of study.  It is strongly recommended that the student prepare a degree plan with their advisor to ensure that all RS major, general education, and degree requirements are satisfactorily completed.

Respiratory Care Sample Curriculum

This is a sample curriculum.  Other variations are possible.  Students should meet with their advisor to plan schedule and ensure that required courses are completed for internship application and graduation.

FIRST YEAR

Fall

Spring

Engl 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3

3

Chem 121, 121L - General Chemistry I, Lab I

3,1 

-

Math 103 - College Algebra

3

-

Psyc 111 Intro to Psychology

3

-

CSci 114 - Microcomputer Packages

3

-

Univ 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

-

Chem 122, 122L - General Chemistry II, Lab II

-

3, 1

Micr 202, 202L - Intro. Microbiology, Lab

-

2, 1

General Education/Elective

-

6

Wellness

-

2

Totals

17

18

SECOND YEAR

Biol 220, 220L - Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Lab I

3, 1

-

Biol 221, 221L - Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Lab II

-

3, 1

Chem 240 - Survey of Organic Chemistry

3

-

RC 111 - Intro Respiratory Care

1

-

Comm 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

-

Phys 120 - Fundamentals of Physics

-

3

Stat 330 - Introductory Statistics

3

-

HNES 210 - First Aid & CPR

-

2

Chem 260 - Elements of Biochemistry

-

4

General Education/Elective

3

-

Phrm 125- Medical Terminology for Health Professionals

-

1

Special Elective (department approved)

-

3

Totals

17

17

THIRD YEAR

RC 496 - Field Experience/Internship
Credits earned from Sanford Health-Fargo Medical Center Respiratory Care Program
(Fifteen months including summer session; Fall=15 credits; Spring=15 credits;
Summer=13 credits)


43

FOURTH YEAR

*RC 494 - Individual Study

4

-

RC 496 - Field Experience/Internship

8

 

Engl 325 - Writing in the Health Professions

3

-

Special Elective (department approved)

3

-

Totals

18

-

Curriculum Total

130

 RC 494-Individual Study includes 160 clinical specialty hours and a research project.

Upon completion of the RC 496 internship at Sanford Health, student interns choose a specialty area and develop an individualized specialty option proposal, RC 494-Individual Study (4 credits).

Guidelines for the written proposal will be provided by Sanford Health-Fargo Respiratory Care program faculty. Proposals are presented to the RC Curriculum Committee for approval. Once approved, any changes must occur by petition to the Committee.

Commonly selected specialty areas are: neonatal/pediatric general or intensive care, adult general or intensive care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, sleep medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, education, and management. Other specialty areas may be possible and should be discussed with your academic advisor/Sanford RC program faculty in advance of developing the written proposal. 

The research project will consist of journal or original research. Publication guidelines will be provided by Sanford Health Respiratory Care program faculty.

Special Electives

Each student will complete a minimum of 6 credits of special electives.  These credits must include one 300-400 level course from the COMMUNICATION and one 300-400 level course from the SOCIOLOGY categories below.  COMM & SOC course options are subject to change each semester.  Please contact your academic advisor to discuss special elective options.

COMMUNICATION: Minimum of one course (3 credits)

Comm 308-Business and Professional Speaking (3)
Pre-req.: COMM 110

Comm 315-Small Group Communication (3)

Comm 380-Health Communication I (3)

Comm 381-Patient-Provider Communication (3)

Comm 383-Organizational Communication (3)
Pre-req.: Junior Standing

SOCIOLOGY: Minimum of one course (3 credits)

SOC 426-Sociology of Medicine (3)

SOC 440-Sociology of Aging (3)

SOC 441-Death and Dying (3)

Other 300-400 level courses not listed here may be taken to fulfill the
6 credits of Special Electives, as long as prior approval has been requested
and approved in writing from the RC Consortial Committee.
Please contact your academic advisor for pre-approval.


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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:15:25 PM