Course of Study
There are two degree routes to the professional phase of the program:
- B.S. in Biology - Respiratory Therapy (pdf) - three years of undergraduate liberal arts and science coursework
- B.S. in Allied Health Technologies - Respiratory Therapy (pdf) - two years of undergraduate liberal arts and science coursework
In both degree routes the professional phase is the same. See our AHTRT vs BSRT curriculum comparison page.
The nineteen-month concentrated professional program is designed to provide the student with all of the skills needed to practice as a graduate respiratory therapist. The education of a respiratory therapist involves interpretation of chest images The professional phase is conducted fifteen minutes from the MU campus in a specially equipped facility in the Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lancaster.
The early months of the professional component are classroom oriented with clinical observation beginning immediately. Skills lab activities follow the didactic presentation where small group learning activities emphasize skill-based hands-on experience. The program progresses from simple to complex, with emphasis on critical thinking and decision-making.
After achieving a pass rating on any procedure in a simulated patient environment, the student begins to practice the procedure on patients under the supervision of a clinical instructor. As less supervision is warranted, more freedom is afforded to encourage a transition to independent practice.
The final semester of the program consists of specialized or advanced clinical experiences. A respiratory therapist assesses the inspiratory and expiratory muscle strength of a man with suspected neuromuscular disease. Most of this assignment is carried out in area medical centers where the student works directly with therapists, nurses and physicians in assigned clinical areas. Each day and week of these rotations is outlined for the student. Behavioral objectives describe and guide the experiential learning. The program culminates in a comprehensive final examination.
During the final clinical practicum, it is convenient for the student to have the use of a car for travel to area medical centers where they will be assigned. Students without access to a car will be assigned with another student who has one.
Course Descriptions can be found within the Undergraduate Catalog