Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

As a BSRC student at Carlow, you will:
  • Master the evaluation, treatment, management, and education of patients with a variety of respiratory illnesses and cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Cultivate clinical decision-making skills in various environments including adult and neonatal critical care. 
  • Rotate through a minimum of four different clinical facilities which will allow you to develop substantial versatility and prepare you for many different employment opportunities 
  • Study closely with faculty in small classes and receive plenty of personal attention
  • Take classes that are integrated with clinicals, which reinforces content and skills (not the "all classes, then just clinicals" approach) 
  • Upon completion of Carlow’s BSRC, graduates will possess versatile advanced level skills expected of registered respiratory therapists and are eligible to participate in the National Board of Respiratory Care Examinations.

Proposed Respiratory Care Curriculum

 Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Year One
  • Connecting to Carlow
  • Compass Core 1
  • College Writing
  • Principles of Chemistry (A required supporting course) 
  • Contemporary Biology
  • Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Communication: Personal to Professional
  • Compass Core 2
  • Biology A&P I (A required supporting course)
  • Introduction to Respiratory Care Principles 
Year Two
  • Biology A&P II
  • Respiratory Care Equipment I 
  • Respiratory Care Equipment I Lab
  • Comprehensive Patient Management
  • Elective
  • Cardiopulmonary A&P 
  • Respiratory Care Equipment II
  • Respiratory Care Equipment II Lab
  • Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings
  • Elective 
Year Three
  • Respiratory Care Clinical Education Practicum I
  • Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Processes
  • Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Respiratory Care Clinical Education Practicum II
  • Mechanical Ventilation Concepts I
  • Mechanical Ventilation Concepts I Lab
  • Advanced Patient Management
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care I
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care I Lab 
Year Four
  • Respiratory Care Clinical Education Practicum III
  • Mechanical Ventilation Concepts II 
  • Mechanical Ventilation II Lab 
  • Microbiology for Respiratory Care
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Elective
  • Respiratory Care Clinical Education Practicum IV
  • Comprehensive Credential Preparation
  • ACLS/PALS/NALS and Respiratory Care Emergencies
  • Elective