2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardiorespiratory Sciences, AAS [CARD-AAS, 81 Total Credits]


This is a limited-entry program. 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.


Cardiorespiratory Sciences (CRS) 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 obtain credentials from a national laboratory credentialing agency, the American Heart Association, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, and the National Board for Respiratory Care. The Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program provides a quality academic experience preparing Respiratory Care Practitioners and Cardiac Technicians. 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. A limited entry program, students must attend a health programs orientation and meet with a health programs advisor for additional counseling prior to acceptance in the program.


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. Assess the cardiopulmonary status of patients.
  3. Practice abilities required for performance of prescribed diagnostic studies such as: obtaining blood samples, blood gas analysis, pulmonary function testing, and polysomnography.
  4. Evaluate data to assess the appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care.
  5. Construct patient, family, and community education programs.
  6. Practice prescribed respiratory care treatments, managing life support activities, evaluating and monitoring patient responses to such therapy and modifying the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapeutic objectives.

General Education Requirements (31 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   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 (3-5 Credits)

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

Recommended: ENG 101

Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science (3 Credits)

Recommended: PSY 101

Special Program Requirements (50 Credits)