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Curriculum

The Respiratory Care Program is offered jointly by University of Minnesota Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences. Students must first complete the lower-division prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university.

In the junior and senior year, Mayo Clinic provides both classroom and clinical instruction specific to respiratory care. This includes:

  • Technical and medical course work
  • Clinical rotations in all areas of respiratory care

Through this program, students are exposed to the therapeutic and diagnostic services that graduates are expected to perform. The upper-division curriculum — junior and senior years — is two years in length.

Course sequence

Junior year

Fall semester — total of 16 credits
Course number Course description
RESP 3011 Foundations of Respiratory Care (2 credits)
HP 3021 Patient Care Techniques (1 credit)
RESP 3101 Respiratory Care Modalities and Equipment (4 credits)
RESP 3201 Cardiopulmonary Patient Assessment (4 credits)
RESP 3301 Clinical Practicum I (4 credits)
RESP 3401 Seminar in Respiratory Care I (1 credit)
Spring semester — total of 15 credits
Course number Course description
RESP 3102 Respiratory Care Modalities and Equipment II (4 credits)
RESP 3202 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)
RESP 3302 Clinical Practicum II (4 credits)
RESP 3402 Seminar in Respiratory Care II (1 credit)
RESP 3502 Clinical Research: Literature, Methodology, and Application (3 credits)

Senior year

Fall semester — total of 17 credits
Course number Course description
PHAR 3800 Pharmacotherapy for the Health Professions (online) (3 credits)
RESP 4400 Advanced Adult Respiratory Critical Care Techniques (3 credits)
RESP 4311 Advanced Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (3 credits)
RESP 4321 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (2 credits)
RESP 4331 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Disease Prevention and Case Management (1 credit)
RESP 4341 Clinical Practicum III: Advanced Respiratory Care (3 credits)
RESP 4401 Clinical Practicum IV: Advanced Adult Respiratory Critical Care (1 credit)
RESP 4501 Research Project I (1 credit)
Spring semester — total of 12 credits
Course number Course description
RESP 4342 Clinical Practicum V: Advanced Respiratory Care (3 credits)
RESP 4402 Clinical Practicum VI: Advanced Adult Respiratory Critical Care (1 credit)
RESP 4502 Research Project II (1 credit)
RESP 4602 Grand Rounds (2 credits)
HP 4802 Health Economics and Finance (3 credits)
HP 4902 Management and Leadership in Healthcare (2 credits)

Rotations

Clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., include:

  • Adult critical care — intensive care unit and emergency room
  • Airway management — bag mask ventilation and intubation in the operating room
  • Diagnostic procedures — bronchoscopy, hemodynamic monitoring and polysomnography
  • Hospital clinical lab — arterial blood gas collection and analysis
  • General floor areas — patient assessment, oxygen administration, nebulizer therapy and chest physical therapy
  • Pulmonary function testing and rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary research
  • Respiratory care equipment dispatch and repair

Grading or evaluation

As you move through the respiratory care rotations, you will be evaluated in each clinical area by the supervising therapists, the program director and the clinical supervisor. Clinical performance is evaluated using a competency-based evaluation system and performance appraisals.

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

  • May 15, 2013
  • ART595136