RESPIRATORY CARE

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Respiratory Care


Respiratory care professionals treat patients who exhibit a range of diverse health issues including asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer as well as those who are having respiratory problems related to trauma, strokes, heart attacks, and premature birth.

Through classroom, laboratory and diverse clinical site practicum, students develop the necessary health care knowledge, bedside skills and problem-solving abilities to serve the health needs of patients from newborns to the elderly. They are prepared to manage both acute and chronic diseases that affect the cardiopulmonary system as well as trauma, sub-acute disease, and public health issues from asthma to tuberculosis.

All students who successfully complete LIU Brooklyn's four-year B.S. in Respiratory Care program and have fulfilled all scholastic requirements for both the entry-level certification, which is required for state licensure, and the advanced-registry credentialing examinations as set forth by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), will be allowed to take the entry-level CRT examination 30 days prior to graduation. The NBRC CRT entry-level examination is recognized by all states that require licensing of respiratory care professionals.

The B.S in Respiratory Care is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). It is registered with the New York State Department of Education. CoArc outcomes data can be found here.


B.S. in Respiratory Care

The four-year B.S. in Respiratory Care (also known as Respiratory Therapy), is designed to provide students with educational and clinical competence. It emphasizes comprehension, versatility and advanced clinical knowledge. The two-year, Pre-Professional Phase of the program consists of preparation in the basic sciences and in mathematics as well as the humanities and social sciences, providing students with a broad-based, liberal arts foundation.

During the Professional Phase of the program – usually years 3 and 4 – students are engaged in the theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of adult, pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. They gain an in-depth knowledge of clinical science and its application in health care.

Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national board examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The B.S in Respiratory Care is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). It is registered with the New York State Department of Education. CoArc outcomes data can be found here.


Admissions Requirements

Both high school graduates and college transfer students may apply for admission to the Respiratory Care program. The following are required for consideration to become a degree candidate.

  • High School students must have a GPA of 3.0 (80%) or higher and over 800 combined on the SAT examinations
  • Transfer students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and grades of C+ or higher in all math and science courses.
  • Courses in math and science that were taken 9 or more years prior to admission are not acceptable and must be revisited.
  • All applicants must pass (75% or higher) a medical terminology examination that is offered three times during the academic year and given by the program
  • All applicants must obtain certification in Basic Life Support for Health Care. Providers that is valid through May of the following year.

Note: All students are required to be academically advised by one of the full-time faculty member. (See the Advisement section to find your adviser)

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at MyLIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.
  • High School and transfer students must begin the application process through the Office of Admissions.
  • LIU students with GPA and math/science grades meeting requirements only require a change of major at any time during their university career.
  • Applications to the professional phase course work must be completed not later than June 1st of the year prior to the start of the professional courses.
  • LIU students who require second summer session course(s) for Respiratory Care prerequisite(s) will be placed on a waiting list until the grades are posted.
  • Transfer students must have all pre-requisite courses completed by July 6th for admission into the professional Respiratory Care courses each Fall.

PREQUISTE COURSEWORK

Pre-requisite courses required for both LIU students and transfer students with either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree:

 Course   LIU Nomenclature 
 Lab Required
(Y/N)
 Credits
Microbioogy   BIO 101 Yes 4
Human Anatomy  BIO 137 Yes 4
Human Physiology  BIO 138 Yes 4
Chemistry  CHE 1 or 2 Yes 4
Physics  PHY 20 or 27 Yes 4
Algebra  MTH 15 or 16 N/A 3


BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES

A candidate for Respiratory Care must have sufficient emotional health to fully use his or her intellectual ability, to exercise good judgment, to complete all responsibilities, and to attend to the diagnosis and care of patients. A candidate must be able to develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and colleagues. A candidate must be able to tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to function effectively. A candidate must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility and be able to function in the face of uncertainty. He/she must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity and a consciousness of social values. A candidate must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds and all belief systems.

Degree Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • A 2.5 grade-point average for acceptance into the Professional Phase of the program. (Grades below a C+ are not acceptable in prerequisite science and mathematics courses; neither are such grades acceptable in Professional Phase courses).
  • A 2.75 grade-point average each semester and maintaining of at least a C+ in all courses throughout the Professional Phase.

Respiratory Care courses being taken in the required sequence, however, matriculated students are permitted to take professional Respiratory Care courses part-time, and must complete all professional courses within three (3) academic years.

Credentialing Examinations

All students who successfully complete all preprofessional and professional courses and have fulfilled all baccalaureate degree requirements are eligible for both the entry-level certification (Certified Respiratory Therapist) and the advanced registry credentialing examinations (Written Registry and Clinical Simulation examinations) as set forth by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Qualified students will be permitted to take the Entry Level CRT Examination 30 days prior to graduation. The NBRC (CRT) entry-level examination is recognized by all states that require licensing of respiratory care professionals. Note that a state licensing board may deny a license to practice Respiratory Care based upon a criminal background check.

Course Sequence

 

Freshman Year

FALL

 

SPRING

 

Course Title

Credits

Course Title

Credits

OS 1 - Orientation Seminar

1

COS 50 - Core Seminar or Eng 17

3

BIO 3

4

BIO 4

4

CHE 3X – Chemistry

4

PHI 61/62 – Philosophy

3

MAT 15/16 - Mathematics (Pre-Calculus)

4

MAT 100 - Mathematics (Statistic) or PSY 150 (Statistics)

3

ENG 16 - English

3

PSY 3 - Psychology

3

SPE 3 - Speech

3

 

 

Total

19

Total

16

 

Sophomore Year

FALL

 

SPRING

 

Course Title

Credits

Course Title

Credits

BIO 101 - Micro-Biology

3

BIO 132 - Human Physiology

3

BIO 131 - Human Anatomy

4

PHY 20 - Physics or CHM 4X/4

4

HIS 1 - History

3

ENG 61-64 - English Literature (Choose 1)

3

ENG 61-64 - English Literature (Choose 1)

3

HIS 2 - History

3

(ANT, SOC OR ECO) - Social Science

3

PHI 61/62 - Philosophy

3

Total

16

Total

16

 

 

Junior Year

FALL

 

SPRING

 

Course Title

Credits

Course Title

Credits

RC 101 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology I

3

RC 200 - Cardiopulmonary Pathology

3

RC 103 - Clinical Application Acid Base Balance

2

RC 205 - Cardiopulmonary Medical Science II

3

RC 107 - Pulmonary Function

2

RC 210 - Clinical Experience II

3

RC 109 - Clinical Experience I

3

RC 213 - Theory/Practice of RC II

5

RC 112 - Theory/Practice of RC I

5

RC 214 - Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology

3

Total

15

Total

17

 

Senior Year

FALL

 

SPRING

 

Course Title

Credits

Course Title

Credits

RC 206 - Rehabilitation Techniques in RC

3

RC 311 - Respiratory Critical Care

3

RC 215 - Selected Topics Internal Med.

3

RC 330 - Clinical Experience IV

8

RC 225 - Neonatal/Pediatric RC

3

RC 331 - Principles to Practice in Respiratory Care

3

RC 229 - Clinical Experience III

8

 

 

Total

17

Total

14

Service Learning

Contribute to the well being of the community while earning practical experience through the Brenda Pillors Athsma Education Program and the LIU Brooklyn Health and Wellness Institute.

Why Study Respiratory Care at LIU Brooklyn?

  • Our's is the only Baccalaureate respiratory care program in the NY-Metro area.
  • 100 percent of 2013 graduates passed the CRT and RRT credentialing examinations, recognized by all states that require licensing of respiratory care professionals.
  • With the most health care programs in the region, you'll build interdisciplinary skills that will help you excel in a wide variety of professional environments.

CONTACT

School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean
Ph.D., FASAHP

718-780-6578
Barry.Eckert@liu.edu