Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

Prepare to become a registered respiratory therapist

As a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) student at Carlow University, you will become a trained respiratory therapist ready to serve your patients. You will master the evaluation, treatment, management, and education of patients with a variety of respiratory illnesses and cardiopulmonary disorders such as asthma, emphysema, and cardiac arrest.

During your time at Carlow, you will study closely with faculty in small classes, receiving personal attention. Here, you can take classes that are integrated with clinicals, reinforcing content with skills. As a graduate, you'll be ready to tackle any respiratory challenge thrown your way, treating patients ranging in age from neonatal to the elderly.

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