B.S. in Health Science: Respiratory Care

College of Health Sciences

Complete a minimum of 120 credits including the following required courses (all courses require a C or better):

General Education Requirements
English Composition requirement6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirements3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Related/Cognate Requirements
BIO 100Basic Biological Science 13
BIO 204Introductory Microbiology4
BIO 259Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 269Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHE 100Concepts of Chemistry 13
MAT 113Algebra and Functions 13
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology 13
PHI 180Introduction to Ethics 13
Major Requirements
HEA 210Introduction to Allied Health3
HEA 370Medical Terminology1
HEA 371Aspects of Respiratory Therapy I2
HEA 372Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology3
HEA 373Bronchopulmonary Hygiene3
HEA 374Oxygen Therapy2
HEA 375Cardiopulmonary Disease3
HEA 376Aspects of Respiratory Therapy II2
HEA 377Pharmacology2
HEA 378Respiratory Technology3
HEA 379Hemodynamics I3
HEA 380Clinical Practice I6
HEA 435Health Workshop1-6
HEA 472Mechanical Ventilation3
HEA 473Life Support Systems3
HEA 474Pulmonary Function Evaluation2
HEA 475Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care2
HEA 476Respiratory Care Clinical II2
HEA 477Hemodynamics II3
HEA 478Respiratory Therapy Seminar I3
HEA 479Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III8
Total Minimum Credits Required120

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
BIO 100 Basic Biological Science 3
MAT 113 Algebra and Functions 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Communications Course 3
Semester Two
BIO 259 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
WRT ___ Eng Requirement 3
PHI 180 Introduction to Ethics 3
Diverse Communities Course 3
Interdisciplinary Course 3
Year Two
Semester Three
CHE 100 Concepts of Chemistry 3
BIO 269 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Humanities Course 3
Free Electives 6
Semester Four
BIO 204 Introductory Microbiology 4
HEA 210 Introduction to Allied Health 3
Social/Behavioral Course 3
Art Requirement 3
Free Elective 3
Year Three
Semester Five
HEA 370 Medical Terminology 1
HEA 371 Aspects of Respiratory Therapy I 2
HEA 372 Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology 3
HEA 373 Bronchopulmonary Hygiene 3
HEA 374 Oxygen Therapy 2
Free Electives 6
Semester Six
HEA 375 Cardiopulmonary Disease 1 3
HEA 376 Aspects of Respiratory Therapy II 2
HEA 377 Pharmacology 1 2
HEA 378 Respiratory Technology 3
HEA 379 Hemodynamics I 1 3
Elective 3
HEA 380 Clinical Practice I (9 weeks) 6
Year Four
Semester Eight
HEA 472 Mechanical Ventilation 3
HEA 473 Life Support Systems 3
HEA 474 Pulmonary Function Evaluation 2
HEA 475 Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care 2
HEA 476 Respiratory Care Clinical II 2
HEA 477 Hemodynamics II 1 3
Semester Nine
HEA 478 Respiratory Therapy Seminar I 3
HEA 479 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III 8
HEA 435 Health Workshop 1 1
Elective 3
 Total Credits132
  • All core curriculum courses require a grade of "C" or better.
  • An overall GPA of 2.7 is required prior to the continuation to HEA 380.
  • HEA 370 through HEA 479 must be taken in sequence and combinations as listed above.
  • Prerequisites: BIO 269 (Prereq: BIO 204) and BIO 204 (Prereq: BIO 100)
  • (3) writing emphasis courses are needed to meet General Education Requirements.
  • Courses open to non-major students with permission of Program Director.

Sciences: BIO; CHE; CSC; ESS; PHY

Behavioral and Social Sciences: ANT; ECO; GEO; PSC; PSY; SOC

Humanities: HIS; LIT; PHI

Free Electives: 9 credits