This 120-credit program of study consists of two phases of study.

  • Phase one includes 61 credits in the preclinical courses of chemistry, biology, physics, and math, plus the Liberal Studies requirements completed at the IUP main campus. Students are expected to earn a minimum grade point average of at least 2.25 in math and science courses and a minimum overall 2.0 grade point average to secure a seat in the clinical phase. C or higher grades in BIOL 150 Human Anatomy, BIOL 151 Human Physiology, and the math course will help students succeed in respiratory care courses. IUP does not guarantee admission to the clinical phase of the program.
  • Phase two includes 59 credits completed at the IUP Monroeville regional campus. Students gain clinical experiences at hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care agencies. Students have clinical experience at several Pittsburgh hospitals of superior quality such as West Penn Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Forbes Regional Hospital.

A curriculum track is available for those who are already certified respiratory therapists and interested in earning a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree facilitates career advancement.

The Bachelor of Science degree program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is located on main campus in Indiana, Pa. and IUP at the Pittsburgh East regional campus in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244

View current program outcomes.

Freshman Year


Course Name Credits
MATH 105 (or higher) College Algebra 3
CHEM 101 College Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
Dimensions of Wellness 3
Global and Multicultural Awareness 3
Total Credits 16


Course Name Credits
CHEM 102 College Chemistry II 4
HIST 196/197/198 3
BIOL 150 Human Anatomy 4
Fine Arts: Introduction to Art/Music/Theater/Dance 3
RESP 101 Profession of Respiratory Care 1
Total Credits 15
Sophomore Year


Course Name Credits
ENGL 202 Composition II 3
BIOL 240 Human Physiology 4
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
Free Electives 2
Total Credits 15


Course Name Credits
BIOL 241 Microbiology 4
PHYS 151 Medical Physics Lecture 3
ENGL 121 Humanities Literature 3
Philosophy or Religious Studies 3
Free Elective 3
Total Credits 16
Junior Year


Course Name Credits
RESP 326 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I 3
RESP 328 Applied Concepts in Respiratory Care 3
RESP 329 Respiratory Care Equipment 4
RESP 335 Patient Care and Emergency Skills 4
Total Credits 14


Course Name Credits
RESP 327 Pharmacology 3
RESP 333 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II 3
RESP 334 Respiratory Care Instrumentation And Application 4
RESP 336 Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Clinical Correlation 4
Total Credits 14
Senior Year: Fall
Course Name Credits
RESP 425 Clinical Case Studies 3
RESP 426 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III 4
RESP 430 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
RESP 432Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RESP 441 Respiratory Care Professional I 2
RESP 493 Respiratory Care Internship (elective) 1
Total Credits 15+
Senior Year: Spring
Course Name Credits
RESP 429 RC Leadership 3
RESP 433 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV 4
RESP 435 Respiratory Care Across the Continuum 3
RESP 451 Respiratory Care Professional II 2
Free Elective 3
Total Credits 15

*Students may opt to complete a math course with a higher course number than 105 to fulfill the math requirement.

RESP 300- and 400-level courses are completed at the IUP at Northpointe regional campus.

RESP 493 Preceptorship in Respiratory Care (1 cr) provides students with an opportunity to gain additional clinical experiences in a supervised health care setting. This course may be repeated for a maximum of five credits.

A minimum of 40 hours is required for each credit.

Synthesis course: not required
Writing Intensive Course: not required