Planning to Attend Medical School?
Ten Reasons You Should
Why not "fast forward" your medical career and pursue a degree in Cardiorespiratory
Here are 10 reasons why you should.
- You will have the privilege and opportunity to work in healthcare as an undergraduate.
- As student in the Cardiorespiratory Care Program, you will have direct patient contact
in the following clinical settings:
You will perform cardiopulmonary diagnostic procedures:
- medical and surgical ICUs
- neonatal and pediatric ICUs
- operating rooms
- diagnostic labs
- hyperbaric chamber
- emergency room
- outpatient clinics
- medical/surgical units
- sleep labs
- cardiac catheterization labs
You will perform the following therapeutic procedures
- electrocardiography (ECGs)
- sleep studies
- pulmonary function studies
- arterial blood gas analysis
- chest x-ray evaluation
- physical assessment of the chest
By working in patient care settings, you will interact with physicians, and in many
situations, get to know them on a first-name basis. Such a relationship will be important
when you apply to medical school because the physicians you will have come to know
may be on the USA Medical School Admission Committee. They can write letters of
recommendation on your behalf to any medical school to which you apply. They know
other physicians who are associated with other medical schools. The opportunity to
establish relationships with physician is invaluable.
Not all applicants to medical school are accepted. A degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences
is a functional degree with which to earn a significant income and to branch out into
other medical fields if so desired.
After entering medical school with a B.S. degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences, you
will be well ahead of your fellow medical students academically and clinically. They
will not be involved with patient care until their sophomore year of medical school.
With a baccalaureate degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences, you can work part-time
on weekends or other times while attending medical school. Not only will you earn
spending money, you will also be in a position to learn more in your chosen career.
You will likely be more goal-oriented in medical school after earning a B.S. degree
in Cardiorespiratory Sciences because you will have seen first-hand how medical specialties
function, e.g., pulmonologists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, ER physicians, intensivists,
You owe it to yourself to investigate and explore the potential that earning a BS
degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences holds for you as you pursue a career as a physician.
- mechanical ventilation
- O2 administration
- aerosolized drug administration
- lung hyperinflation therapy
- bronchial hygiene techniques
- pulmonary rehabilitation
- basic life support (BLS)
- advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)
Department of Cardiorespiratory Care - Respiratory Therapy/Pre-Medical Curriculum