Department of Respiratory Care Education

Most of us take breathing for granted. But patients with asthma, bronchitis or other breathing conditions know its importance - along with the respiratory therapists who care for them.

At St. Luke's College, you will learn to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, from the tiniest of patients in the critical care nursery whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly patients whose lungs are diseased.

Graduates are eligible to write the national examination for state licensure to become credentialed as Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).

St. Luke's College offers a $1,000 Respiratory Care Scholarship for students enrolling in the Fall class. 


Respiratory Care makes the list of Most Meaningful College Majors.  Read more below:

 The 12 Most Meaningful College Majors 


Program Goals:

  1. To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  2. To assist the student in developing professional and ethical behavior and applying those skills in a global society.
  3. To offer a program integrating clinical and didactic education to meet the educational needs of diverse learners.

Information on the current status of the program can be obtained at the CoARC website: www.coarc.com

Respiratory Care Curriculum

Semester I 

 

Credit Hours

RES 101 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I

3

RES 102 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology

3

RES 103 Introduction to Respiratory Care

3

RES 104 Respiratory Care Science

RES 120 Clinical Practice I

1

1

BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I

ENG 108 English Composition

4

3

Total Credit Hours for Semester I

18

Semester II

Credit Hours

RES 105 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II

4

RES 106 Respiratory Pharmacology

3

RES 107 Respiratory Disease

3

RES 121 Clinical Practice II

3

BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours for Semester II

17

 Summer Semester

Credit Hours

RES 208 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care III

4

RES 222 Clinical Practice III

2

SOC 104 Introduction to Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours for Summer

9

 Semester III

Credit Hours

RES 209 Cardiopulmonary Monitoring

3

RES 210 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care

4

RES 223 Clinical Practice IV

4

BIO 218 Microbiology

4

PSY 106 General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours for Semester III

18

Semester IV

Credit Hours

RES 211 Critical Care

2

RES 224 Clinical Practice V

6

RES 212 Comprehensive Respiratory Care

3

PHI 220 Ethics

3

Total Credit Hours for Semester 

14

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

76