About the Program
The respiratory care program is available for traditional students entering the profession for the first time as well as for non-traditional, practicing professionals wishing to complete the Bachelor of Science Degree.
Traditional Program: Each fall semester, the traditional program admits a full-time (5 semesters) and a part time (8 semesters) cohort who attend classes during the day. The number of students in each cohort depends upon clinical slot availability. Second year part-time students and first year full-time students comprise a clinical cohort. There are 24 clinical slots available. The program consists of 55 semester credits of prerequisites course work and 65 credits in the respiratory care curriculum for a total of 120 credits.
Students earn credentials in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) as program requirements. Graduates are eligible to earn the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) credential and the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) credential. Successful completion of all program requirements qualifies graduates to apply for a license to practice in Arkansas. Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure licensure.
Non-Traditional Program – RRT-to-BS Degree: The non-traditional program has two tracks for employed professionals, both of which may be completed on a part-time or full-time schedule. A thesis track is suggested for experienced therapists or for those who are preparing for entry into graduate education (26-29 SC). It is offered through on-line courses or by independent study. Students may enter the thesis track with 4SC Anatomy and Physiology, but must have documented another 4 SC science course on their transcript, in addition to the other prescribed science courses, to satisfy prerequisite requirements. A clinical track is suggested for recent graduates of Associate Degree programs (25-36 SC). It includes courses offered online, by interactive video, face-to-face, by independent study and clinical courses. Students admitted to the clinical track must document 8 SC of Anatomy and Physiology on their transcripts, in addition to the other prescribed science courses, to satisfy prerequisite requirements. The number of students admitted each summer semester depends upon number and credential level of faculty and clinical slot availability. Ungraded transfer credit is awarded for the RRT credential (up to 40 SC).
Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Academic aptitude
- Academic experience
- Math and science aptitude
*The Little Rock program receives significant support from the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System.