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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Cardiorespiratory Care
 
 
 
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How many students do you accept?

What is the application deadline?

When do classes begin?

Can I begin the program at any other time of the year?

What type of program do you offer?

What is the difference between becoming registered (RRT credential) after completing the B.S. degree program at the University of South Alabama, versus receiving an associate's degree in two years from a Community College?

Will a B.S. degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences help me to pursue other fields such as medical school, perfusionists school, physician assistant school, etc?

What is the salary range for respiratory therapists?

Is financial aid available?

What is the average GPA of the students you accept?

What are our prerequisites?

Do you offer night or weekend classes?

Do you offer on-line courses for respiratory therapy?




How many student do you accept?

To ensure that all students in the program receive equivalent clinical training, the program accepts a maximum of 24 students per year.


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What is the application deadline?

The program application deadline is March 15 of the year for which the student is applying.


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When do classes begin?

Classes in the Cardiorespiratory Care Program begin in August of each year during the Fall Semester in conjunction with the University of South Alabama academic calendar.


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Can I begin the program at any other time of the year?

Because the courses taught in the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care are taught in a specific sequence, you can only begin the professional phase of the program at the start of the Fall semester of each academic year. However, if you need to complete prerequisites for entry into the professional phase of the program, you may enroll in those courses anytime.


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What type of program do you offer?

The Department of Cardiorespiratory Care offers a baccalaureate degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences.


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What is the difference between becoming registered (RRT credential) after completing the B.S. degree program at the University of South Alabama, versus receiving an associate's degree in two years from a Community College?

Several major differences exist between the baccalaureate degree offered at this institution and an associate degree offered at a community college. The program at the University of South Alabama provides education and training in both respiratory therapy and cardiovascular technology, enabling the graduate to pursue more career pathways after graduation. An associate degree limits your education to only one allied health profession. Baccalaureate degree graduates tend to be more marketable because they generally possess an education with more breadth and depth. Baccalaureate degree graduates often advance through the ranks within a hospital department more quickly. Our students also receive an introduction to education, management, and research which is not provided at community colleges.


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Will a B.S. degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences help me to pursue other fields such as medical school, perfusionists school, physician assistant school, etc?

An array of career opportunities present themselves to persons who hold a baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy. Many of our graduates have pursued other medical areas such as physicians, physician assistants, perfusionists, echocardiographers, hospital administrators, basic science researchers, pharmaceutical representatives, and medical equipment representatives. To view a model curriculum using a B.S. degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences from this department for application to medical school, click here. To read the advantages of obtaining a B.S. degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences, click here.


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What is the salary range for respiratory therapists?

In the Mobile area baccalaureate degree graduates can earn around $50,000.00 per year. That salary will vary depending on factors such as ACLS training, credentialing, shift differential, and level of responsibility.


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Is financial aid available?

The Financial Aid Office at the University of South Alabama will provide information about financial aid.


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What is the average GPA of the students you accept?

The average GPA of students entering the program varies from class to class. However, most students range somewhere between 2.70 to 3.00.


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What are our prerequisites?

Refer to the curriculum. The preprofessional course work is outlined there.


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Do you offer night or weekend classes?

No night classes in the professional phase of the program are offered.


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Do you offer on-line courses for respiratory therapy?

At this time, the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care does not offer on-line respiratory therapy courses.


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University of South Alabama Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Department of Cardiorespiratory Care