Undergraduate Course Catalog 2012-2013

General Information

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Total Credit Hours: 155
Major Credit Hours: 106

The Rush University respiratory care program prepares students for rewarding careers as advanced respiratory care practitioners and provides a foundation for leadership in management, education and clinical specialization. Respiratory Care Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

A grade of "C" or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Biology majors may take a Biology class only two times. If the student has not achieved a minimum of a "C" after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

The Biology Department will award 3 hours of credit for our general education class 02-100 (Introduction to Biology) when students have received a score of 4 or 5 on AP tests. We do not award any credit for major classes based on AP scores.

A student entering this program must have an ACT composite score of 21.

I. Core Courses (65)
02-110 General Biology I (4)
02-111 General Biology I Lab (1)
03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
02-115 General Biology II (4)
02-116 General Biology II Lab (1)
03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
13-200 Calculus I (4)
13-211 Calculus for the Life Sciences (4)
02-220 Genetics (4)
02-221 Genetics Lab (1)
02-224 General Microbiology (4)
02-226 General Microbiology Lab (1)
03-220 Organic Chemistry I (4)
03-221 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-225 Organic Chemistry II (4)
03-226 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
02-320 Biostatistics (3)
02-335 Advanced Clinical Physiology (3)
02-336 Case Studies in Human Physiology (1)
02-355 Biochemistry I- Molecular Biochemistry with Clinical Correlates (3)
02-356 Biochemistry I Lab (1)
02-380 Biochemistry Journal Club (1)
02-422 Human Anatomy (3)
02-423 Functional Human Anatomy Lab (1)
17-200 College Physics I (4)
17-201 College Physics I Lab (1)

II. Students admitted to the Respiratory Care Program in this manner will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis University at the successful completion of the first three quarters of study at Rush University.

A total of 119 credit hours will be taken at Rush University to earn the Masters in Respiratory Care. All courses taken during the first three quarters (51) will be transferred back to Lewis University to meet the B.S. requirements. The student must complete the first three quarters (Fall, Winter and Spring) in order to be awarded the B.S. degree from Lewis University. If they do not complete the first three quarters, they would need to return to Lewis to fulfill the degree requirements.

The following courses would be taken at Rush University to obtain a B.S in Biology*:

RC 511 Introduction to Respiratory Care (5)*
RC 512 Cardiopulmonary Physiology (5)
RC 513 Respiratory Equipment and Techniques (5)
IDS 510 Health Care in America (2)
RC 521 Patient Assessment (5)
RC 522 Pulmonary Disease (5)
RC 523 Mechanical Ventilation (4)
RC 524 Pharmacology (3)
RC 531 Critical Care (5)
RC 532 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing (5)
RC 533 Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care (5)
RC 534 Clinical Observation (2)

*Rush University operates on a quarterly basis versus a semester basis; credit hours are according to Rush University quarter credits.

III. The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by the successful completion of the following courses that contain strong writing components: General Biology Labs I and II and General Microbiology Lab.

IV. Consult the program fact sheet for the sequence of general education courses