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If you have a passion for helping others and an interest in health professions, consider a career in respiratory care.
The RT to BSRC degree program is a BS-degree-completion program designed for the practicing, credentialed, professional respiratory therapist who wish to advance their professional development by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care. Students may enroll in the RT to BSRC track any semester.
The program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Shenandoah University’s general education requirements are considered to be met by the student’s associate degree, which provides up to 88 credit hours toward the minimum 120 credit hours required for graduation. Respiratory Care core courses provide the remaining 32 credits and must be taken through Shenandoah University. These courses are offered online or by independent study, allowing students to structure their study while maintaining employment.
Respiratory therapists are vital members of the health care team, serving in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians’ offices and home health agencies. Respiratory therapists care for their patients by integrating advanced technology, helping them to breathe easier, better and longer.
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The mission of the Shenandoah University Respiratory Care program is to prepare and educate its students to become exemplary health care providers in the field of respiratory care. The curriculum employs the standards instituted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and provides students with an atmosphere that promotes critical thinking, the ability to develop the knowledge and skill essential to become an integral member of the health care team, and a consideration of human diversity.
Career and Salary Possibilities
With estimated job growth at 28 percent for 2010-2020, the United States Department of Labor cites respiratory care as a fulfilling field with above-average growth potential and a typical starting salary range between $45,000 and $55,000.
Shenandoah University’s bachelor’s degree program in Respiratory Care prepares you to become a compassionate and skilled advanced respiratory care practitioner capable of providing effective patient care in diverse healthcare settings.
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
We offer the most established and longest-running bachelor’s degree program for respiratory care in Virginia. The program includes
- bachelor’s degree track for transfer students
- flexible degree-completion option designed for credentialed, practicing respiratory therapists who want to advance their knowledge by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care
Students benefit from Shenandoah’s state-of-the-art equipment and from the university’s close relationship with the Winchester Medical Center and hospitals in northern Virginia for their clinical opportunities.
Requirements for the RT to BSRC Track
- RC 306 Introduction to Sleep Studies and Neurodiagnostics/2 credits
- RC 318 Pulmonary Function Testing/4 credits
- RC 319 Cardiovascular Function and Care/4 credits
- RC 320 The Neonatal and Pediatric Provider/4 credits
- RC 399 Education Practicum I/3 credits
- RC 413 Pulmonary Diseases and Treatment/3 credits
- RC 415 Ethics in Practice/3 credits
- RC 416 Emergency Preparedness/3 credits
- RC 439 Education Practicum II/3 credits
- RC 420 Capstone/3 credits
Total: 32 credits
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to serve as a compassionate respiratory care practitioner, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.
Program Director & Assistant ProfessorFull Biography
Director of Clinical Education and Assistant ProfessorFull Biography
Assistant Professor Respiratory Care, NVC Site CoordinatorFull Biography
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