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Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care program is a two-year course of study leading to the Associate in Science degree in Respiratory Care. The course work can also be done on a part-time basis. Clinical instruction and training is provided by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), School of Health Related Professions. Hours for clinical practice may vary and travel to the clinical setting is the responsibility of the student. Respiratory care therapists are employed in the treatment, management, control, evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.
Also note that a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in first-year prerequisite courses in order to continue to the Respiratory Care (second year) course work. 
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate as a new clinician:
  • effective communication and interpersonal skills consistent with professional and employer expectations for a Respiratory Care Therapist;
  • the ability to comprehend, evaluate, and apply information relevant to their role as Respiratory Care Therapists;
  • the psychomotor skills that are consistent with professional and employer expectations for a Respiratory Care Therapist;
  • the ability to function as a member of the Health Care Delivery team, providing patient care in a multicultural and ethnically diverse society.
Search for courses in the online course catalog.


First Year

Fall Semester

BIO 105 - Anatomy and Physiology I
CHE 105 - Chemistry-Health Sciences
ENG 101 - English Composition I
PSY 101 - General Psychology
MAT 119 - Algebra
CIS 100 - Introduction to Computer Appl.

Spring Semester

ENG 102 - English Composition II 
BIO 106 - Anatomy and Physiology II 
BIO 108 - Microbiology 
IDH 101 - Fundamentals of Health & Disease
Electives - Humanities

Second Year

Summer Semester

RSTN 2000 - Core Concepts in Respiratory Care
RSTN 2100 - Fundamentals of Respiratory Care
RSTN 2231 - Appl. Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I
RSTN 2189 - Clinical Practice

First Semester

RSTN 2250 - Principles of Ventilatory Support
RSTN 2232 - Appl. Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II
RSTN 2200 - Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology
RSTN 2230 - Cardiopulmonary Evaluation
RSTN 2289 - Clinical Practice II

Second Semester

RSTN 2355 - Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care
RSTN 2340 - Patient Management Critical Care
RSTN 2370 - Long Term, Home and Rehab. Care
RSTN 2389 - Clinical Practice III

Students register for the professional phase courses at UMDNJ and pay the UMDNJ undergraduate tuition rate and fees.

Career Options

Successful completion of the program provides eligibility for licensing in New Jersey and allows graduates to sit for credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. New licensed graduates will be able to perform the duties within the scope of a respiratory therapist in any health care institution or setting of their choice. The UMDNJ‐SHRP Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com).

For more information about the Respiratory Care program please go to: http://shrp.umdnj.edu/programs/rspth

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Science Degree

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