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Clinical Track

The RRT-to-BS Degree Completion Clinical Track is designed to facilitate the newly-graduated respiratory therapist’s transition to more rigorous and specialty clinical practice and to provide employed therapists with an opportunity to advance their clinical knowledge base.

To the extent possible, the enrolled student’s professional interests and personal goals will be considered when making clinical rotation schedules.  Opportunities for clinical engagement, however, are largely contingent on availability of clinical experiences and qualified clinical preceptors in the location desired by the student.

In addition to gaining experience in specialty clinical areas, the student will be exposed to more advanced content such as research methodology, accessing and critically appraising evidence-based medicine and other professional-related concepts related to respiratory therapeutics, patient education, leadership and management, among others.

Because the first clinical course in this track includes experience in a NICU, students must have both BLS and NRP certification prior to beginning that rotation.  Certification in ACLS and PALS are offered in subsequent courses, if students do not have current certifications at the time.  If certifications are current, students are excused from the portion of the course in which those certifications are offered. Students will be expected to maintain their certifications throughout their enrollment in the program.

Clinical Courses

The RRT-to-BS Degree Completion Clinical Track contains two types of clinical courses.

  • Clinical Internship courses (Summer term and Spring semester) pair students with a clinical preceptor in an approved clinical affiliate for the entire clinical experience.  Specific learning objectives are written by the student in collaboration with program faculty and the clinical preceptor.  Students keep a journal of their experiences and communicate with program faculty by email during the internship.  The goal of an internship is to gain clinical proficiency in specified clinical areas.
    • Clinical Internship I provides an opportunity to hone clinical skills that are required of an adult ICU respiratory therapist and gain minimal proficiency in clinical skills required of a neonatal ICU respiratory therapist.
    • Clinical Internship II is offered in the final semester of this track and allows an opportunity to gain clinical proficiency required of a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) in a clinical setting of choice.
  • Clinical Practicum courses (Fall semester) contain specific clinical rotations (e.g. adult ICU, pulmonary function testing, pediatric CVICU, etc.) taught by clinical preceptors with expertise in the specific area of respiratory care that has been assigned.  The goal of these rotations is to gain minimal proficiency in specified clinical tasks.

The Clinical Track requires completion of 24-36 SC.  A sample schedule (based on full-time enrollment) is provided below.  Other scheduling configurations, including a part-time enrollment, are possible.  Financial aid is available to students taking at least 6 SC.

Sample Schedule – Full-time Program:

Course #TitleCredits
Summer
RESP 3231Clinical Internship I2
RESP 4131Patient Care Simulations1
RESP 4133Patient and Family Centered Care1
RESP 4330Research and Evaluation3
7
Fall
RESP 4146Foundations of Respiratory Care Education (fall or spring)1
RESP 4243Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care*0-2
RESP 4342Critical Care Practices*0-3
RESP 4140Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care1-2
RESP 4244Scholarship Project1-2
RESP 4445Clinical Practicum III*2-4
5-14
Spring
RESP 3327Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Care*0-3
RESP 4250Integration Project2
RESP 4355Leadership and Management3
RESP 4356Clinical Internship II3
RESP 4452Disease Management4
12-15
TOTAL24-36

A grade of “D” or “F” or a mark of “U” or “NC” in designated professional courses is not acceptable for progression to the next semester, nor is it acceptable for graduation if it occurs in the last semester of the program.

A grade of “D” in the following professional courses is acceptable for progression and/or for graduation if it occurs in the last semester of the program, as long as the student’s cumulative GPA is > 2.50:  RESP-4144:  Scholarship Project; RESP-4146:  Respiratory Education; RESP-4250:  Integration Project; RESP-4356:  Leadership and Management.

All other professional courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress to the next semester or to graduate, if it occurs in the last semester of the program.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to earn the degree.

Sample Schedule – Part-time Program:

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Fall
RESP 4146Foundations of Respiratory Care Education1
RESP 4243Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care0-2
RESP 4342Critical Care Practices0-3
RESP 4V40Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care1-2
2-8
Spring
RESP 3327Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Care0-3
RESP 4355Leadership & Management3
RESP 4452Disease Management4
7-10
Summer
RESP 3231Clinical Internship I2
RESP 4131Patient Care Simulations1
RESP 4133Patient- and Family-Centered Care1
RESP 4330Research and Evaluation3
7
Year 2
Fall
RESP 4V44Scholarship Project1-2
RESP 4V45Clinical Practicum III2-4
3-6
Spring
RESP 4250Integration Project2
RESP 4356Clinical Internship II3
5
Total24-36

A grade of “D” or “F” or a mark of “U” or “NC” in designated professional courses is not acceptable for progression to the next semester, nor is it acceptable for graduation if it occurs in the last semester of the program.

A grade of “D” in the following professional courses is acceptable for progression and/or for graduation if it occurs in the last semester of the program, as long as the student’s cumulative GPA is > 2.50:  RESP-4144:  Scholarship Project; RESP-4146:  Respiratory Education; RESP-4250:  Integration Project; RESP-4356:  Leadership and Management.

All other professional courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress to the next semester or to graduate, if it occurs in the last semester of the program.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to earn the degree.