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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2011-2012

DEPARTMENT OF CARDIORESPIRATORY CARE

Chair: William Wojciechowski (251) 445-9284
Medical Director: Wiley Justice
Professors: Chang, Op’t Holt
Associate Professor: Wojciechowski
Senior Clinical Instructor: Pruitt

Department of Cardiorespiratory Care web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/crc

The University of South Alabama offers a complete program in Cardiorespiratory Care leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum provides a broad education in liberal arts and basic sciences and an in-depth study in respiratory therapy and non-invasive cardiovascular technology. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care Examination for entry into practice.
The curriculum is divided into two components: the Pre-Professional Component and the Professional Component.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
The Pre-Professional Component (freshman and sophomore years) may be completed in two years and consists of 66 semester hours of prescribed and elective course work.

PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
The Professional Component (junior and senior years) consists of two years of academic and clinical study in Cardiorespiratory Care. The program includes one summer term between the junior and senior years. All candidates must have satisfied the requirements of the Pre-Professional Component to qualify for admission to the Professional Component. Enrollment into the Pre-Professional Component as a Cardiorespiratory Care major does NOT automatically assure the student admission to the Professional Component. Enrollment in the Professional Component is limited and admission is based on academic record and aptitude for a career in respiratory therapy and non-invasive cardiovascular technology as evidenced by personal qualifications such as character and motivation.
Students will be required to complete formal application to the Professional Component. The application process normally begins in the spring semester of the sophomore year.

PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING CURRICULUM
The Cardiorespiratory Care curriculum is a problem-based curriculum. This instructional methodology requires students to be active participants in the learning process. This method of teaching is used to develop and improve the students’ problem-solving abilities.
In the curriculum, students work in groups (5-7 students) and solve case studies under the direction of faculty members. Students assume the major responsibility for resolving the problems in the case studies by utilizing a variety of resources.
This approach to learning emphasizes self-direction, independent thinking, decision-making, information gathering, and problem solving. All of these skills are needed to succeed in the clinical setting. Students also develop and improve communication skills through this process, as they interact with fellow students, instructors, and other health care personnel. Students learn the value of working together as a team through the small group process.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
  1. Completed application form with appropriate application fee submitted no later than March 15 of the year for which admission is requested. (Late applications will be evaluated based on individual circumstances.)
  2. A minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average in the science prerequisites.
  3. A minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average in the Pre-Professional Component.
  4. A personal interview with the Cardiorespiratory Care Admissions Committee.
  5. Tour of hospital.
  6. International students must score a minimum of 76 on the TOEFL exam to include the following minimum subscores on the IBT:

  • Listening 20
  • Speaking 20
  • Reading 18
  • Writing 18
The IELTS exam will not be used as an admission requirement to the Cardiorespiratory Care Program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN CARDIORESPIRATORY CARE
Successful completion of 129 semester hours of Pre-Professional and Professional course work as specified below.

I. Pre-Professional Component  
Area I - Written Composition
(6)
EH 101, EH 102
3,3
Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts
(12)
CA 110
3
ARH 100, 103, ARH 123, ARH 240, ARH 242, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101
3
EH 215 or EH 216 or EH 225 or EH 226 or EH 235 or EH 236
3
*Humanities Elective (recommend
PHL 121 or PHL 131 if HY sequence chosen)
3
Area III - Natural Sciences & Math
(11)
MA 112
3
CH 131/CH 131L, CH 132/CH 132L
4,4
Area IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
(12)
PSY 120
3
SY 109
3
HY 101 or HY 102 or HY 135 or HY 136
3
*Social Science Elective
3
Area V - Pre-Professional, Major & Electives**
(25)
ST 210
3
BLY 121/BLY 121L
4
PH 104
4
BMD 210
3
BMD 114, BMD 115
8
CIS 150
3
*Must complete two course sequence in Literature or History.
**All Area V courses are required for entry into the Cardiorespiratory Care Program.

II. Professional Component
Junior Year      
Fall   Spring  
CRC 330 5 CRC 335 5
CRC 331 3 CRC 345 6
CRC 334 3 CRC 332 4
CRC 342 3   15
14    
Summer      
CRC 415 2    
CRC 430 3    
CRC 431 3    
8    
Senior Year      
Fall   Spring  
CRC 435 3 CRC 441 6
CRC 440 6 CRC 446 2
CRC 450 2 CRC 451 2
CRC 447 2 CRC 460 3
13   13

In special situations, advanced standing may be available in the form of transfer credits and equivalency examinations. Documentation of pertinent information submitted by advanced-standing applicants, such as individuals having an associate degree in respiratory therapy, certified respiratory therapy technicians, or practitioners credentialed in other allied health professions, will be reviewed by the Cardiorespiratory Care Admissions Committee to determine the actual awarding and the method of advanced standing. Applicants seeking advanced standing at the University of South Alabama should consult directly with the Chair of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care, 5721 USA Drive N, HAHN 3137, Mobile, Alabama 36688, Phone: (251)445-9284.

Special Fees
A special course fee is assessed in each of the following courses:

CRC 330
$60.00
CRC 431
$125.00
CRC 450
$19.00
CRC 451
$19.00

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
WITH RESPIRATORY THERAPY EDUCATOR PREPARATION ELECTIVES
The College of Education, through an agreement with the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care offers an innovative Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Development live and online. This degree will prepare baccalaureate degree, registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) for the teaching profession. This internationally recognized IDD program uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver high-quality, affordable courses, both live and via Internet, enabling the completion of most of this degree from anywhere in the world. These courses and selected electives will fulfill the need for RRTs who aspire to teach respiratory therapy at the university and community college levels.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  1. Bachelor's degree;
  2. Registered Respiratory Therapist credential (National Board for Respiratory Care); and
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Millers Analogy Test (MAT) with the GRE writing component.
For detailed information regarding requirements, admissions, courses, and registration, please refer to the description of the IDD Master's program in the bulletin.
For more information, go to: http://idd.southalabama.edu/ or contact the department:
Department of Cardiorespiratory Care
HAHN Room 3137
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama 36688
Telephone: (251) 445-9284
E-mail: toptholt@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CARDIORESPIRATORY CARE (CRC) COURSES
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions

Main Links

- Mobile Alabama 36688-0002 / 1 (251) 460-6101
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