Respiratory Therapy

College of Health Sciences

This program admits new students in the Fall semester (every year). The next class will start in Fall of 2016. Application deadline is May 1, 2016 for the 2016 class. For more information please contact the Health Science Advisor.

Respiratory Therapy Program Information

Dixie State University offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. Students admitted to this program are eligible to sit for their state and national board exams under the CoARC Initial Accreditation status; our program accreditation identifying number is 200565. Graduates from this program are eligible to become credentialed as National Board for Respiratory Care [N.B.R.C.] Certified or Registered Respiratory Therapists (C.R.T. and R.R.T.). These credentials allow therapists to become licensed to practice respiratory care in Utah and throughout the USA and Canada. The following information is provided for students or applicants.

Program length and degree

The program requires four consecutive school terms [semesters] and graduates receive an A.A.S. [Associate of Applied Science] degree in Respiratory Therapy.

We also have an agreement with Boise State University to receive thirty more credit hours and receive a Bachelors degree. (All courses from Boise State are online)

Application and Selection

Application deadline is May 1, 2016, for the August 2016 class.

Application deadline for the program is May1, 2016, for the next class. Late applications will be accepted but will be reviewed only if the on-time applicants do not meet selection criteria. Students who will be able to complete all prerequisites, by the end of the summer 2016 are eligible to apply for the class beginning in the Fall of 2016.

2016 Respiratory Therapy Application


Admission Requirements

Admission to the respiratory therapy program is based upon academic performance in both general education and specific program prerequisite courses, in addition to other selection criteria, including:

  1. Submission of a complete Program Application on or before the deadline [May 1, 2016, for the August 2016 class];
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher;
  3. Completion of specified program prerequisite courses (listed below) with a grade of “C” or better;
  4. Individual interview with the Respiratory Therapy Program Selection Committee; and
  5. Certification in CPR and as a C.N.A.

Additional factors that will be taken into consideration for program admission include previous health care experience and weighted GPA in specific prerequisite courses. A criminal background check and selected immunizations will be required upon acceptance to the program; please refer to the Program Application for specific immunization and fee information.

Pre-Requisite Course Requirements for Acceptance Into Respiratory Therapy Program

Course Number Title Credit Hours
Prerequisite Courses
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
BIOL 2420/2425* Human Physiology & Lab 4
**PSY 1010 or 1100 OR
SOC 1010, 1020, or 1200
General Psychology
Intro to Sociology
QL (Math 1030, 1040, or 1050) (Math course to satisfy QL requirement)
Math 1030 is the recommended math course; successful completion of any QL course meets program requirements
CHEM 1010 or 1110/1115 Introduction to Chemistry 3-5
Total Credits 25-26

*Physiology must be completed within 7 years of application.

** Applicants may take any of the specified Psychology or Sociology courses as a program prerequisite, only ONE of these courses is required. Either chemistry course listed is acceptable, it is not necessary to complete a chemistry lab (however, the chemistry lab may be needed to satisfy general education graduation requirements).

Program Schedule

Students must complete specified prerequisite courses (and the CNA course) prior to admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Respiratory Therapy Program courses include 59 semester hours that must be completed sequentially. Classes are admitted every year, and will graduate after four consecutive semesters.

Classes are taught at the Taylor Health Sciences building of the Dixie State University campus, specific class schedules will vary each semester. However, students should plan to attend classes during the day three days of the week for approximately 4-8 hours of class time per day. Clinical courses will be taught at Dixie Regional Medical Center [St. George], Valley View Medical Center [Cedar City], and at selected home care/DME services and sleep labs in the St. George area. The program also affiliates with the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics; students have the opportunity to complete some of their clinical experiences at the University of Utah. During the first semester there is no clinical practice (so plan on 3 days/week, approximately 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Tues-Wed and 8:30 am to 12:00 on Thursday); during semesters 2, 3, and 4 students will have approximately 2 days of classes on campus and 2 days of clinical practice per week. Clinical schedules will be determined individually between students and clinical instructors so there is some flexibility in this scheduling.

Respiratory Therapy Program Curriculum

Course Number Title Credit Hours
Semester I
RESP 1010 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy and Medical Terminology 2
RESP 2020 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3
RESP 2030 Introduction to Human Pathophysiology 3
RESP 2040 Respiratory Care Therapeutics I 3
RESP 2041 Laboratory Practice/Therapeutics I 2
RESP 2050 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
Total Credits 16
Semester II
RESP 2060 Patient Assessment 2
RESP 2065 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3
RESP 2070 Respiratory Care Therapeutics II 3
RESP 2071 Laboratory Practice/Therapeutics II 2
RESP 2100 Clinical Practice I 5
Total Credits 15
Semester III
RESP 2200 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
RESP 2300 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation 3
RESP 2301 Laboratory/Adult Mechanical Ventilation 2
RESP 2310 Clinical Practice II 5
RESP 3005 Critical Care/ACLS 3
Total Credits 16
Semester IV
RESP 2400 Alternative Site and Subacute Respiratory Care 1
RESP 3020 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RESP 3021 Laboratory Practice/Neonatal Care 2
RESP 3100 Clinical Practice III 5
RESP 3150 Critical Thinking Seminar/NBRC Review 2
Total Credits 12