Pre-Respiratory Therapy

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Degree Options in Respiratory Therapy
Students may enter the respiratory therapy profession at the Bachelor’s Degree level or the Master’s Degree level. Requirements for both options are described below.

Option 1 - Bachelor’s Degree Program: Students may receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Kearney after satisfactory completion of a program consisting of 85 semester hours of pre-respiratory therapy and a fourth (12 month) clinical year at Nebraska Methodist college, an affiliated School of Respiratory Therapy. Gaining acceptance into a respiratory therapy professional clinical training program is a competitive process. Completion of the pre-requisite courses does not automatically guarantee admission. The following courses are required prior to application for the respiratory therapy training portion of the program at Nebraska Methodist:

Required Courses
Take all of the following:
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
BIOL 225Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 226Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 325Medical Terminology1
ENG 102Special Topics in Academic Writing and Research3
MATH 102College Algebra3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Take one of the following:3
General Psychology
Human Development
Take one of the following:4
Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Take one of the following:4-5
General Physics for Allied Health
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
Total Credit Hours33-34
General Education
Completion of the pre-respiratory therapy courses and a respiratory therapy professional/clinical training program may lead to a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Health Sciences from UNK. Therefore, students should also complete the remaining requirements for the UNK General Education Program not covered by the Required Courses.
Respiratory Therapy Electives:
Take courses from the following list of electives to reach a total of 85 credit hours. A minimum of 5 hours must be upper division (300-400)
Introduction to Epidemiology
Bioethics 1
Human Genetics
Counseling Skills
Health Care Economics
Orient to Med Prof
Introduction to Public Health
Seminar in Health Sciences
Human Resource Management
Health Care Management I - Managing People Effectively
Health Care Management II - Managing Processes Effectively
Population Health Management: Systems and Policies
Introduction to Nutrition
Emergency Medical Response
Introduction to Health Promotion
Physiology of Exercise
Introduction to Logic 1
Abnormal Behavior and Society
Physiological Psychology
Ethics in Psychology
Adult Development and Aging
Sociology of Health and Illness
Spanish for Special Purposes (Medical) 1
Interpersonal and Relational Communication
Logic Argumentation and Reasoning 1
Elementary Statistics
May take one of the following:
Professional Training in Respiratory Therapy
Students must complete a one year professional/clinical training at an affiliated Hospital/School of Respiratory Therapy. Students must register for HSCI 475 - Health Science Internship: Respiratory Therapy, for 5 credit hours, every semester during the clinical training (fall and spring semesters) for a total of 10 credit hours. Students are awarded a total of 25 credit hours for the respiratory therapy training upon completion of the professional/clinical training program. The University of Nebraska is currently affiliated with the clinical program at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha. Students in the Nebraska Methodist College program may complete the professional/clinical training in Kearney at Good Samaritan Hospital.

 This course is recommended by NE Methodist College.

Option 2 - Master’s Degree Program: Students may enter the profession by pursuing a master’s degree program after completion of a bachelor’s degree in any discipline at UNK. Students may receive a Master’s Degree in Respiratory Care from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) through a 21 month graduate program. This program offers more advanced training and a larger scope of practice for professionals. The following prerequisite courses are required for admission to the UNMC Master’s Degree program:

Take all of the following:
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
BIOL 225Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 226Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 325Medical Terminology1
CHEM 160
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
MATH 102College Algebra3
PHYS 203General Physics for Allied Health4