Courses & Curriculum

Courses & Curriculum

Respiratory Care Curriculum

Total credit hours: 33
Every student must complete 21 credit hours of core courses and each of the courses in one (1) of the specialty tracks.

Core Courses (21 credit hours)




ALH 501

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention


ALH 531

Applied Statistics for the Health Professions


ALH 602

Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology


ALH 621

Cardiopulmonary Pharmacodynamics


ALH 631

Research Methods in Allied Health


RES 512

Pulmonary Function Testing


RES 618

Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation



Specialty Track 1: Respiratory Therapeutics (12 credit hours)

ALH 503

Medical Nutrition Therapy


RES 612

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Monitoring


RES 615

Advanced Topics in Ventilatory Support


ALH 689

Master’s Project



Specialty Track 2: Respiratory Care Education (12 credit hours)

RES 522

Adult Learning Theory


ALH 645

Teaching Techniques for Health Leaders


ALH 689

Master’s Thesis I


ALH 699

Master’s Thesis II


Click here for degree requirement summary (DRS) sheet.

COURSES 2012-2014


ALH 501 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention     3 credits
This course will provide students with information that will enable them to develop a practical approach to health promotion and disease prevention for a specific target population. Specifically, the course is designed to help in the development of programs within schools, communities, and the work-place.

ALH 531 Applied Statistics for the Health Professions     3 credits
In this course, students will learn to select appropriate statistical procedures, analyze data, and interpret the results. SPSS for Windows will be used to cover descriptive statistics, tests of differences, and to develop methods of presenting tables and graphs

ALH 602 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology     3 credits
Details the functions of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems emphasizing normal function, pathophysiology, initiation and progression of disease and current treatment. Special reference will be made to the role of exercise as a therapeutic modality.

ALH 621 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacodynamics     3 credits
This course provides study of the current medications used in the treatment of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina and hypertension, asthma and COPD. The effects of these medications during acute and chronic exercise and cardiac emergency medications will also be covered. Prerequisite: ALH 602. 

ALH 631 Research Methods in Allied Health     3 credits
This course considers research methods and designs used in a variety of professional settings. The development of research techniques will be emphasized, including the ability to define research problems, develop hypotheses, review and interpret literature, apply research designs and draw relevant conclusions. The class culminates in the student writing and presenting a research proposal. 

ALH 645 Teaching Techniques for Health Leaders     3 credits
This course presents an overview of instructional design tools, teaching techniques and strategies, evaluation of learner competencies, maintenance of training records, and measurement of training program effectiveness.

RES 512 Pulmonary Function Testing     3 credits
A study of pulmonary diagnostic techniques, with an emphasis on pulmonary function testing and interpretation.

RES 618 Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation     3 credits
This course explores pulmonary/cardiac rehabilitation clinics and combines exercise training with behavioral and educational programs designed to help patients with COPD and cardiac issues control symptoms and improve day-to- day activities. We will look at the team approach—patients work closely with their doctors; nurses; respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists; psychologists, exercise specialists; and dietitians. We will also explore the differences between cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

SPECIALTY TRACK 1: RespiratoryTherapeutics

ALH 503 Medical Nutrition Therapy     3 credits
This course will explore the application of nutrition principles to the treatment and prevention of diseases. This treatment can range from changes in diet to providing specialized therapies such as intravenous or tube feeding. Topics discussed will include lifestyle strategies and therapeutic nutrient intervention to correct nutritional insufficiencies, promote optimal health, and prevent, manage, or correct medical problems.

RES 612 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Monitoring     3 credits
Advanced Cardiopulmonary Care Monitoring An overview of continuous and intermittent cardiopulmonary monitoring techniques, emphasizing theory of operation and procedure. Topics include sensors, computerized data acquisition, work of breathing determinations, and respiratory muscle strength.

RES 615 Advanced Topics in Ventilatory Support     3 credits
Advanced study in methods of mechanical ventilatory support. Patient assessment by advanced monitoring is stressed, with attention to patient ventilator interactions, optimization of ventilatory support, and weaning of marginal patients. New ventilation technology and modes of support are discussed.

ALH 689 Master's Project   3 credits

The Master's project is designed as a rigorous scholarly activity that provides an opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge with research. For the project, the student will work with a faculty member assigned by the program director.

SPECIALTY TRACK 2: Respiratory Care Education 

RES 522 Adult Learning Theory     3 credits
The concept of lifelong learning has become an increasing reality as adults continually engage in learning activities, whether through their employer, institutions of higher education, or self-directed study. This course will examine the social and psychological aspects of adult development and learning, including the various motivations of adult learners. Students will also learn various methods of training and development, as well as specific instructional practices.

ALH 689 Master’s Thesis I     3 credits
Provides initiation to scholarly investigation. Each student must complete a written research proposal for approval by a thesis/project committee. Prerequisite: Permission of program director. 

ALH 699 Master’s Thesis II     3 credits
Continues ALH 689 with an approved thesis proposal and culminates in an approved written thesis. Prerequisites: ALH 689 and permission of program director.