2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardiorespiratory Sciences, BAS [CRS-BAS, 120 Total Credits]


Some of these courses are program prerequisites and MUST be completed before a student is considered eligible for entry into the Program.  Students MUST attend a Health Programs Orientation and meet with a Health Programs Advisor for additional advisement.  For more information please visit www.csn.edu/limited-entry-admission.


Cardiorespiratory Sciences is a multi-disciplined, multi-credentialed program preparing students in care, management, and life-support of individuals having deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. A successful graduate of this program will be eligible to obtain credentials from the American Heart Association and the National Board for Respiratory Care. The Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program provides a quality academic experience preparing Respiratory Care Practitioners. The graduate will possess the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to think critically, communicate effectively, and provide self-direction while administering care. The program emphasizes developing competencies that integrate protocols, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and critical pathways into an efficient cardiorespiratory care plan.


The Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835 www.coarc.com.


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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire and evaluate clinical data.
  2. Perform detailed patients assessment and recommend appropriate treatment.
  3. Evaluate data to assess the appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care using evidence based medicine and clinical practice guidelines.
  4. Practice prescribed respiratory care treatments, manage life support activities, evaluate and monitor patient responses to such therapy and modify prescribed therapy to achieve desired therapeutic objectives.
  5. Construct patient, family, and community education programs.
  6. Summarize respiratory leadership characteristics and assess managerial techniques.
  7. Critically evaluate research methodology, analyses, and literature.

General Education Requirements (47 Credits)

Mathematics (3 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level MATH course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Recommended: MATH 124 or 124E.

  • or   or above
  • REMINDER: If a student does not place into the correct college-level MATH course, they are required to complete a preparatory or prerequisite course(s) or attempt to gain a higher score on the MATH placement exam. Such preparatory or prerequisite courses are not part of the degree, may delay degree completion, and will cause the student to complete more credits then the total listed on this degree.

English Composition (6-8 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level ENG course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Recommended: ENG 107 (for after the ”and”)

Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science (9 Credits)

Recommended: PSY 101 (for the “and one from the following” section).

Special Program Requirements (73 Credits)