Allied Health - Advanced Respiratory Therapy Track

Program Requirements 

The Allied Health degree program requires the completion of a minimum of 120 units. Lower-division courses from your community college will be applied, as appropriate, up to a maximum of 64 units. A minimum of 32 units must be in upper-division courses at Towson University. The final 30 units must be taken at Towson University. The overall program structure follows.

University Core Curriculum Requirements 

Students must complete Towson University’s Core Curriculum requirements as specified in this catalog. In general, a graduate from one of the Maryland community college associate’s degree programs included in the Allied Health Program will need to complete several Core Curriculum courses in addition to those that are transferred. Some of the required Core Curriculum courses will be satisfied through program core and track requirements.

REQUIRED COURSES (18 UNITS)

All students must complete 18 units of required courses in the program. Courses are available online.

HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
AHLT 310MANAGEMENT FOR THE ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL3
or AHLT 311 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
AHLT 320UNDERSTANDING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE3
AHLT 440TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN ALLIED HEALTH3
AHLT 445RESEARCH METHODS IN ALLIED HEALTH3
NURS 416CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE3
Total Units18

TRACKS (18 UNITS)

Students choose one of six tracks. Other course selections are possible, subject to the approval of the program director. Each student’s program of study and the courses he or she chooses must be approved by an Allied Health adviser. Students are required to take a capstone course (AHLT 450) at or near the end of their Towson studies. This course is required among the 18 units of the track. Students are also required to take an ethics class in their track.

Students are able to pursue a minor in a number of different areas along with the Allied Health major by selecting specific tracks. Minors in Health Care Management and Family Studies are examples. Note: Students may have additional units to complete beyond the 18 required to earn the minor. Students may also select the Science and Professional Preparation track if planning to attend graduate school, selecting courses within the track that help satisfy requirements for their graduate program.

The list of courses in the track below is representative, not comprehensive. Students in any track may also complete units as AHLT 495/AHLT 496.

Advanced Respiratory Therapy Track (18 units)

Students may complete this track through two options.

For the respiratory care practitioner, these courses offer advanced clinical competencies, as well as the opportunity to pursue individual practica in clinical practice, education, administration or research.

Required for Track (6 Units)
HCMN 441LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION3
AHLT 450CAPSTONE IN ALLIED HEALTH 13
Course Possibilities (12 Units)
Select four of the following:12
SYSTEMIC DISEASE PROCESSES AND INTERVENTIONS IN RESPIRATORY CARE
NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY
SLEEP DISORDERS AND REHAB SERVICES IN RESPIRATORY CARE
PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS
ADVANCED CARDIOPULMONARY DISEASE AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 1
Total Units18
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May be taken online.

FOR STUDENTS CONSIDERING THE DUAL ENROLLMENT RESPIRATORY CARE OPTION

The Allied Health Program has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Community College of Baltimore County which gives Towson University students the opportunity to earn their A.A.S. in Respiratory Care while concurrently enrolled at Towson University. This Allied Health Dual Respiratory Therapy option with CCBC is a screened option with a maximum of 16 students accepted annually. Admission to Towson University does not guarantee admission to the Respiratory Therapy Care program at CCBC. Admission to the Respiratory Care Therapy Program at CCBC requires:

  1.  completion of a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better;
  2. GPA of 2.0 or better in the three screening courses (see below); and
  3. an interview with the CCBC Program Director. Applications to the program receive best consideration if they are received by March 15.

Students who wish to be admitted into the CCBC Respiratory Care Program must complete the following steps prior to applying to the CCBC Respiratory Care Program.

  1. Officially declare interest in the Allied Health major by meeting with the Allied Health Program Director. Contact the program’s main office in the CHP Department of Interprofessional Health Studies at 410-704-4049. Students who wish to apply to the CCBC Respiratory Therapy program in the spring for the following fall start should contact the office by October 15.
  2. Complete four prerequisite courses by the end of the spring term of application. They are:
    CHEM 121
    121L
    ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
    and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
    4
    ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
    BIOL 221
    221L
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
    and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB] 1
    4
    BIOL 222
    222L
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
    and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB] 1
    4
  3. Contact the CCBC Respiratory Care Therapy Program Director, Barbara Schenk at 443-840- 1760 regarding program application and interview.
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Note: A student can take a one-term, 4-credit Anatomy and Physiology course at the community college, such as BIOL 109 at CCBC, instead of BIOL 221/BIOL 221L and BIOL 222/BIOL 222L taken at Towson to fulfill this prerequisite

NOTE: Students may declare the Allied Health major after their acceptance into the CCBC Respiratory Care Therapy program and be enrolled in course work at TU that is required for the Allied Health program. However, students must successfully complete the A.A.S. degree program in Respiratory Care Therapy at CCBC in order to graduate with the TU B.T.P.S. degree in Allied Health. Students who do not successfully complete the A.A.S. degree program in Respiratory Care Therapy at CCBC may not graduate with the TU B.T.P.S. degree in Allied Health. CCBC Respiratory Care Therapy credits are a required part of the TU Allied Health degree and must be transferred to TU in completion of Allied Health program requirements. A number of Core Curriculum and required courses for the Respiratory Care Therapy degree will be taken at Towson and must be transferred from TU to CCBC. A Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions articulates the provisions of this dual enrollment option.

Students will register for the following courses at Towson, correlating with the Respiratory Care Therapy courses taken at CCBC, which will be transferred to TU as part of Allied Health program completion:

AHLT 200 (102 - Basic Respiratory Care )4
AHLT 200 (103 - Therapeutics and Pathology)3
AHLT 200 (104 - Clinical Practicum I )3
AHLT 200 (200 - Clinical Practicum II)2
AHLT 200 (201- Specialized Assessment of Oxygenation and Ventilation )3
AHLT 200 (202 - Principles of Ventilation Management)4
AHLT 200 (203 - Clinical Practicum III )5
AHLT 200 (204 - Advanced Principles and Practices of Respiratory Care)4
AHLT 200 (205 - Respiratory Care Specialists )3
AHLT 200 (206 - Clinical Practicum IV )5

Because requirements may be periodically revised, the student is responsible to make sure that he or she is working with the most current materials. Contact the Allied Health Program Director for assistance with curriculum planning.

Students will register for all courses, including AHLT 200, through Towson University, and will have an adviser on each campus. Once accepted into the dual enrollment option, students will have full access to all facilities and student services on both campuses. Students may complete the A.A.S. degree program requirements in Respiratory Care Therapy prior to the completion of the B.T.P.S. degree in Allied Health requirements, and may sit for their national certification exam upon A.A.S. program completion.

Allied Health/Respiratory Therapy Suggested Four-Year Plan 

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
CHEM 121
121L (Core 7)
4BIOL 190 (Core 8)4 
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3MATH 105 or 115 (Core 3)3 
Select one of the following (Core 6):3PSYC 101 (Core 6)3 
SOCI 101 (Core 6)
COSC 1113 
FMST 101 (Core 6)
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3 
GERO 101 (Core 6)
  
HLTH 101 (Core 11)3  
Core 4, 5, 10 or 123  
 16 16 
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2UnitsSummerUnits
AHLT 200.1024BIOL 222
222L
4AHLT 2002-36
BIOL 221
221L
4AHLT 200.1033AHLT 3203
COMM 1313AHLT 200.1042 
Core 4, 5, 10 or 123AHLT 200.2002 
 AHLT 3203 
 Core 4, 5, 10 or 123 
 14 17 5-39
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
AHLT 200.2013AHLT 200.2044 
AHLT 200.2024AHLT 200.2053 
AHLT 200.2035AHLT 200.2065 
NURS 416 (Core 13)3HLTH 2073 
 15 15 
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
AHLT 3103AHLT 4093 
AHLT 4053AHLT 4113 
AHLT 4073AHLT 440 (Core 9)3 
AHLT 4453AHLT 4503 
Core 4, 5, 10 or 123HCMN 441 (Core 14)3 
 15 15 
Total Units 128-162