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RC Student Curriculum Guide

RC Student Curriculum Guide.  Click here to see courses required for the 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 exams 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 meet with an RC advisor at least one year prior to anticipated internship application to prepare a degree plan that ensures all RC major, general education, and degree requirements are satisfactorily completed.

Respiratory Care Sample Plan of Study1

Engl 110, 120 - College Composition I, II43
Math 103 - College Algebra-
Psyc 111 Intro to Psychology-3
CHP 190 - Critical Thinking & Academic Success2-
CSci 114 - Microcomputer Packages3-
Micr 202, 202L - Intro. Microbiology, Lab-3
Chem 121, 121L - General Chemistry I, Lab I4-
Chem 122, 122L - General Chemistry II, Lab II-4
**General Education/Elective-3
Chem 240 - Survey of Organic Chemistry3-
Bioc 260 - Elem of Biochemistry-4
RC 200 - Intro Respiratory Care1-
Comm 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3-
Biol 220, 221 - Human Anatomy/Physiology I, II33
Biol 220L, 221L - Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab I, II11
Phys 120 - Fundamentals of Physics-3
Stat 330 - Introductory Statistics3-
Special Elective (department approved)-3
**General Education/Elective33
CHP 125- Medical Terminology for Health Professionals-1
RC 496 - Field Experience/Internship
Credits earned from Sanford Medical Center Fargo Respiratory Care Program
(Fifteen months including summer session; Fall=15 credits; Spring=15 credits;
Summer=13 credits)

RC 496 - Field Experience/Internship28-
300-400 Engl Writing Course3-
Special Elective (department approved)3-
*RC 494 - Individual Study4 -
Curriculum Total130

1This is a sample plan of study. Other variations are possible. Students should meet with their advisor to plan schedules.

2 The internship is 15 months, including one summer session.

**General education requirements include six credits of approved Social/Behavioral Sciences and six credits of approved Humanities and Fine Arts.  Cultural Diversity and Global Perspective requirements may be combined with Social/Behavioral Science and Humanities/Fine Arts courses for no additional credits.

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

Upon completion of the RC 496 internship at Sanford Medical Center Fargo, 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 Medical Center 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 Medical Center Respiratory Care program faculty.

Special Electives

Each student will complete a minimum of six 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)

CHP 400-Interprofessional Health Care Practice (3)
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
six 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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