Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue

Respiratory Therapy B.S.


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Mr. Chulak, program coordinator. Mr. Nietman, director of clinical education.

Graduates in respiratory therapy (RSP) will be prepared to become highly competent healthcare practitioners who display professional excellence, integrity and skills for life-long learning. Respiratory care requires not only technical expertise, but also humane, empathetic and professional behavior directed towards patient-centered care in an inter-professional healthcare setting. The program prepares graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT’s).

Respiratory therapists are part of an interprofessional health care team that promote the health outcome for patients served in acute care hospitals, diagnostics labs, physician offices and additional health care settings. Respiratory therapists work under the direct supervision of a physician and compliment other allied health professions and therapies to address cardiopulmonary wellness & rehabilitation through education, equipment and expertise. In addition, graduates in respiratory therapy can pursue graduate degrees in respiratory care leadership, education, and clinical residency.

The purpose of the baccalaureate program in respiratory therapy is to prepare students for the scope of practice in the respiratory therapy profession. In addition, the program is designed to provide a foundation for graduate respiratory therapy education. Through interactions with clients–individual persons, families and communities–and other health care professionals, respiratory therapy graduates will contribute toward meeting the wide-ranging needs of the region, state, and the larger community. The program of study for the Respiratory Therapy as described in this catalogue, is consistent with national accreditation standards outline by CoARC in pursuit of full accreditation.

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Synthesize information from the interprofessional healthcare practice to provide effective care for diverse patient populations
  • Comprehend the impact of quality care on patient outcomes with compassion for the patient, family and caregivers.
  • Apply skills to deliver respiratory therapy safely in a healthcare setting that promotes patient autonomy, empowerment, and education.
  • Analyze patient data to make informed decisions about patient care in an interprofessional setting that is collaborative, culturally sensitive, and adheres to professional standards.
  • Synthesize patient data to develop a care plan for patients with comorbid conditions including management of risk reduction, prevention, education and disease management.
  • Evaluate the practice of evidence-based medicine within the scope of respiratory care.

In order to be eligible to practice respiratory therapy, graduates must be credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), at a minimum, but be ready to obtain the standard professional credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Licensure is obtained by applying the earned national credential, CRT or RRT, to a state licensing board. Specialty credentials are offered by the NBRC as a pulmonary function technologist, adult critical care specialist, neonatal/pediatric specialist and sleep disorder specialty.

Program Admission


All students wishing to major in Respiratory Therapy must meet the minimum criteria for admission and follow the Respiratory Therapy application procedure which includes timely submission of the Respiratory Therapy application packet.
Minimum criteria for acceptance into the program includes:
a) 2.5 cumulative GPA at UNCW or transfer institution; and
b) Completed

  • BIO/BIOL 201 and (or equivalent courses with a “C” or higher)
  • MAT 111 or STT 215 or STT 210 and (or equivalent courses with a “C” or higher)
  • EXS/EXSL 216 or BIO/BIOL 240 (or equivalent courses with a “C” or higher)

Admission Procedure:
Completed application packet must be submitted to chhs@uncw.edu .
Application packet must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Two-page essay
  • Current degree audit or transcript if student is a transfer student

The admission procedure also requires an interview with a Respiratory Therapy faculty member.

Total: 60 hours


Student progression in the program is contingent upon the following:


1. Students must maintain at least a 2.50 overall GPA and a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in all core courses.
2. Students found to have been in violation of the university’s Academic Honor Code will be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the current Code of Student Life.
3. Students found to be in violation of the Respiratory Therapy Program Policies outlined in the Student Handbook will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program.
4. Students found to be in violation of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program.

Because many of the required courses are sequential and have prerequisites, it is vital for students to complete them successfully in the proper sequence. In addition to University Studies requirements and Respiratory Therapy requirements, students must take elective courses to satisfy the university requirement of a minimum of 120 hours.

Respiratory Therapy, B.S. Degree Advancement


Program Admission


All students wishing to major in Respiratory Therapy must meet the minimum criteria for admission and follow the Respiratory Therapy application procedure which includes timely submission of the Respiratory Therapy application packet.

Minimum criteria for acceptance into the program includes:

  • Meet UNCW’s transfer eligibility requirements
  • Produce official transcripts from all post-secondary work
  • Earned an associate degree from a CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy program
  • Proof of current NBRC RRT credential and be in good standing
  • Proof of current and valid respiratory care practitioner state license
  • Proof of current BLS/CPR for health care providers certification 

Total: 36 hours


Complete courses:


  • Transfer up to 64 credits from associate degree
  • Credit by examination for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential at 34 elective credits
  • Satisfy University Studies/Electives requirements

Student progression in the program is contingent upon the following:


1. Students must maintain at least a 2.00 overall GPA.

2. Students found to have been in violation of the university’s Academic Honor Code will be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the current Code of Student Life.

3. Students found to be in violation of the Respiratory Therapy Program Policies outlined in the Student Handbook will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program.

4. Students found to be in violation of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program.

Because many of the required courses are sequential and have prerequisites, it is vital for students to complete them successfully in the proper sequence. In addition to university studies requirements and Respiratory Therapy requirements, students must take elective courses to satisfy the university requirement of a minimum of 120 hours.

Degree Total: 120


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