The Cardiopulmonary Science Program, fully-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, provides professional preparation in the allied health specialties of Respiratory Care and Cardiovascular Technology.
The program prepares students to:
- Provide respiratory care to neonatal, pediatric and adult patients with cardiopulmonary disease,
- Administer diagnostic testing,
- Employ therapeutic techniques in a variety of both the acute care and outpatient environments,
- Operate and maintain instrumentation involved in these procedures.
With an educational foundation in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pharmacology and clinical medicine, the CPS graduate is prepared to exercise judgment and work autonomously in clinical care under the supervision of a physician, accepting responsibility to perform both diagnostic and therapeutic cardiopulmonary procedures.
Graduates of the CPS program become eligible for professional credentialing exams and would be eligible to pursue licensure to practice respiratory therapy. In addition, the Baccalaureate-degreed CPS graduate is a potential candidate for supervisory, educational and administrative positions within the profession. Program graduates are also potential candidates to pursue graduate education in both Masters and Doctoral Programs.
The main goal of the CPS Program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Additionally, we seek to prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).