Policy: Advanced Placement - Within the Major

The Respiratory Therapy major supports the concept of granting advanced standing status to a student who has gained, some knowledge, skill, and clinical intuitiveness taught in the Program through courses or life experiences. Credit is, therefore, awarded according to established guidelines when experiences have been adequately validated.

No student is eligible to apply for advanced placement without first being formally accepted into the Respiratory Therapy major. A student who has received advanced placement within the Major, must complete 30 hours in residence at Salisbury University where no less than 15 hours are completed within the Major for Respiratory Therapy at the 300 or 400 level, with a grade of a C or better. The remaining credits can be, however, at the 100 or 200 level to complete General Education requirements depending on the student's overall education, transcript, and placement evaluation.

Advanced standing within the major program is awarded according to the following guidelines:

(1) Registered Respiratory Therapist -- As determined by the National Board for Respiratory Care:

Definition: One who: (1) has successfully completed a two-year *AMA-accredited hospital-based program which included a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical experience, and did not receive college credit for his/her training (graduation prior to January 1, 1975): and (2) has successfully completed the registry examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentials indicate the successful completion of a rigorous two or three-phase examination (historically, 50% of the graduates entering the examination system successfully gain the credential). Graduates from the Respiratory Therapy Program at Salisbury University aspire to sit for a similar, updated examination to gain the same Registered Respiratory Therapist credential.

A Graduate Respiratory Therapist who has successfully completed an *AMA - accredited therapist program, but did not receive college credit and has not successfully earned the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential, will be evaluated on an individual basis. A Registered Respiratory Therapist who meets the above defined criteria and presents and official certificate of completion, a transcript and proof of registration, can be awarded the following credits:

Course

Credits

RESP 210

3

RESP 301

3

RESP 302

5

RESP 303

3

RESP 321

4

RESP 322

3

RESP 323

5

Semester Hours

29

Registered Respiratory Therapists who document via transcripts that the specialty courses were successfully completed, can be awarded credit in the following:

Course

Credits

RESP 401

2

RESP 402

4

RESP 403

5

RESP 420

3

Semester Hours

14

A Registered Respiratory Therapist, as defined above, will be eligible to receive up to 36 hours upon evaluation of the applicant=s curriculum, course descriptions, and official transcript.

(2) Certified Respiratory Technician - as determined by the National Board for Respiratory Care:

One who has successfully completed a one-year *AMA accredited technician program, or has met clinical experience requirements (prior to January 1, 1975), has completed an additional one-year of clinical practice, and has passed the certification examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

A Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician who presents an official certificate of completion, a transcript, and proof of certification, can be awarded the following credits:

Course

Credits

RESP 210

3

RESP 301

3

RESP 302

5

RESP 303

3

RESP 321

4

RESP 322

3

RESP 323

5

Semester Hours

29

(3) Graduate Respiratory Technician - a certified program graduate who has attained eligibility for the certification examination.

One who has successfully completed a one-year *AMA - accredited technician program, but has not successfully completed the certification examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Therapy.

A Respiratory Technician who presents a certificate of completion and an official transcript, can be awarded 16 semester hours to include the following courses:

Course

Credits

RESP 210

3

RESP 301

3

RESP 302

5

RESP 303

3

Semester Hours

14

A Graduate Respiratory Technician may be eligible to receive an additional 15 hours in advanced Respiratory Therapy as a result of successfully completing a challenge examination structured by the professional staff of the Respiratory Therapy Program which can include credit for the following courses:

Course

Credits

RESP 321

4

RESP 322

3

RESP 323

5

Semester Hours

12

A Respiratory Technician may be eligible to receive up to 31 semester hours of credit for work previously completed in an *AMA accredited program.

(4) Registered Cardiopulmonary Technologist (Pulmonary) - As certified by the National Society of Cardiopulmonary technicians:

One who has spent a minimum of two years providing direct patient service in any accredited cardiopulmonary laboratory setting under medical supervision, and has successfully completed an examination administered by the National Society for Cardiopulmonary Technology, Inc.

A Registered Cardiopulmonary technologist who presents proof of registration can be awarded the following credits:

Course

Credits

RESP 210

3

RESP 301

3

RESP 303

3

RESP 322

3

RESP 402

4

Semester Hours

13

(5) Respiratory Assistant - An employee in residence who has not completed a formal program in Respiratory Therapy:

One who has received training and developed skills through a minimum of three years of full-time experience in Respiratory Care under physician supervision. Credit can be awarded for basic knowledge of Respiratory Care essentials for any person actively employed in the profession as follows:

Course

Credits

RESP 210

3

Semester Hours

3

A Respiratory Assistant who provides evidence of his/her job description and validation of competence by the supervising medical director will be eligible to challenge the Respiratory Therapy Procedures Course (RESP 301) and receive an additional 3 semester hours. The challenge examination offered to Respiratory Assistants will be structured by the professional personnel of the Respiratory Therapy Department, and will assess specific task performance, evaluations, and critical maneuvers as specified by the Program. A maximum of 13 semester hours may be awarded to a Respiratory Assistant for occupational experience.

NOTE: The normal requirement that students who are graduating from Salisbury University with a Baccalaureate Degree in Respiratory Therapy must have 30 credits at the 300 and 400- level, with a grade of a C or better, will not be waived for students who receive 31 or more credits through Advanced Placement in their major.