The four-year B.S. in Respiratory Care (also known as Respiratory Therapy), is designed to provide students with educational and clinical competence. It emphasizes comprehension, versatility and advanced clinical knowledge. The two-year, Pre-Professional Phase of the program consists of preparation in the basic sciences and in mathematics as well as the humanities and social sciences, providing students with a broad-based, liberal arts foundation.
During the Professional Phase of the program – usually years 3 and 4 – students are engaged in the theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of adult, pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. They gain an in-depth knowledge of clinical science and its application in health care.
Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national board examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The B.S in Respiratory Care is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). It is registered with the New York State Department of Education. CoArc outcomes data can be found here.
Both high school graduates and college transfer students may apply for admission to the Respiratory Care program. The following are required for consideration to become a degree candidate.
Note: All students are required to be academically advised by one of the full-time faculty member. (See the Advisement section to find your adviser)
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONAll applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at MyLIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.
Pre-requisite courses required for both LIU students and transfer students with either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree:
|Human Anatomy||BIO 137||Yes||4|
|Human Physiology||BIO 138||Yes||4|
|Chemistry||CHE 1 or 2||Yes||4|
|Physics||PHY 20 or 27||Yes||4|
|Algebra||MTH 15 or 16||N/A||3|
BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES
A candidate for Respiratory Care must have sufficient emotional health to fully use his or her intellectual ability, to exercise good judgment, to complete all responsibilities, and to attend to the diagnosis and care of patients. A candidate must be able to develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and colleagues. A candidate must be able to tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to function effectively. A candidate must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility and be able to function in the face of uncertainty. He/she must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity and a consciousness of social values. A candidate must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds and all belief systems.
Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:
Respiratory Care courses being taken in the required sequence, however, matriculated students are permitted to take professional Respiratory Care courses part-time, and must complete all professional courses within three (3) academic years.
All students who successfully complete all preprofessional and professional courses and have fulfilled all baccalaureate degree requirements are eligible for both the entry-level certification (Certified Respiratory Therapist) and the advanced registry credentialing examinations (Written Registry and Clinical Simulation examinations) as set forth by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Qualified students will be permitted to take the Entry Level CRT Examination 30 days prior to graduation. The NBRC (CRT) entry-level examination is recognized by all states that require licensing of respiratory care professionals. Note that a state licensing board may deny a license to practice Respiratory Care based upon a criminal background check.