Respiratory Therapy

College of Health Sciences

Respiratory Therapy

Mission Statement

T0 provide comprehensive and integrated education of the highest quality in order to meet the needs of our students, potential employers, and the communities we serve.


Critical Thinking

– To foster critical thinking in the classroom and the clinical setting.


– To begin teamwork in the class room that will carry over to the clinical sites and future employment.

Personal Responsibility

– All students will take responsibility for all assignments, paperwork, and actions performed in the classroom and at the clinical sites. There is an expectation that all students will have a good attitude when representing Dixie State University.

Maintain a Dynamic Learning Environment

– Faculty will stay abreast of current respiratory practice, procedures, and research to assure that students will be able to pass national exams and be clinically competent.


This program admits new students in the Fall semester (every year). The next class will start in Fall of 2017. Application deadline is May 1, 2017 for the 2017 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) There is no out of state tuition charge.

Application and Selection

Application deadline is May 1, 2017, for the August 2017 class.

Application deadline for the program is May1, 2017, 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 2017 are eligible to apply for the class beginning in the Fall of 2017.

2017 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, 2017, for the August 2017 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.

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** General Psychology 3
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.

** In order to complete a bachelors degree at Boise State University, PSY 1010 is required. Boise State University also requires SOC 1010 or 1020 (Intro to Sociology).

*** For DSU, either chemistry course listed is acceptable; it is not necessary to complete a chemistry lab. However, in order to complete a bachelors degree at Boise State University, the chemistry lab (CHEM 1115) is required as well as CHEM 1110 (they do not need to be taken simultaneously).

Program Schedule

Students must complete specified prerequisite courses 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 2060 Patient Assessment 2
Total Credits 15
Semester II
RESP 2050 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
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 16
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