Occupational Description
Respiratory therapists help diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and educate to prevent and manage cardiopulmonary diseases. Procedures performed by therapists include: environmental control, drug therapy, bronchopulmonary clearance techniques, and administration of medical gases.

Practitioners also provide ventilator support, pulmonary rehabilitation and CPR. They are skilled in airway maintenance, procurement and analysis of arterial blood gas samples and in the performance of pulmonary function tests.

Respiratory therapists work primarily in hospitals caring for patients in nurseries, medical and surgical units, adult and pediatric intensive care units, and emergency rooms.

Employment opportunities are also available in nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals, in organizations providing home care, physicians' offices and clinics, and in commercial organizations that manufacture and distribute medical supplies.

Overview of the Ball State University Program
This baccalaureate degree program prepares students for careers in Respiratory Therapy. The Ball State University program is offered in cooperation with IU Health in Indianapolis.

The program is divided into two components. The first (General Studies) component is completed on the BSU campus in Muncie, Indiana. The second (Professional Studies) component is offered in Indianapolis at Methodist Hospital with clinical sites throughout Central Indiana.

Program Admission, Application Process, and Acceptance
Students may enter the General Studies portion of the program upon admission to the university; however, admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance to the Professional Studies phase of the program. Students may apply for admission to the Professional Studies portion of the program when the following requirements are met:

  • 28 hours of required courses are completed
  • 10 of these completed hours are in required math/science courses
  • "C" or better in required math/science courses
  • 2.5 overall GPA
  • completion and documentation of at least 3 hours of clinical observation

Applications may be obtained in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science office in CL 325. Complete the application, follow the instructions, and attach the following:
1) a current Ball State University DegreeWorks report, including fall semester grades and current registration for spring semester; 2) current, official BSU transcript including fall semester grades and current registration for spring semester; 3) transcripts from any other colleges or universities attended, and 4) completed and signed documentation of clinical observation. Only one application per student. All application materials must be received in the Department of Nutrition & Health Science no later than  5:00 PM local time (EST) on January 10.  In the event January 10 falls on a weekend, the due date will be extended to the next business day. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Due to the limited number of clinical phase spaces available, all students who meet the minimum requirements may not be admitted to the Professional Studies portion of the program. Preference in admission will be given to applicants who are residents of the State of Indiana.  The number of non-resident applicants accepted into the program will be limited to a maximum of 10% of each class. Qualified applicants will be required to meet with program faculty in Indianapolis before final selections are made. The ability to communicate with patients in a clinical setting using English will be assessed during the interview.

Students who are offered a spot in the clinical phase of the program are admitted on a conditional basis. This means that the minimum requirements that were necessary to apply to the clinical phase of the program must be maintained in order to keep the offered spot in the clinicals. If, at any time after being offered a position in the clinical phase of the program, a student's overall GPA falls below a 2.50 or if they receive less than a "C" in a math or science course (students cannot receive a C-), their offer of admission will be withdrawn immediately, and the spot in the program will be lost.

Qualified applicants will be ranked based on their cumulative GPA. All undergraduate college credit attempted will be included in the computation of the GPA, including all attempted transfer hours.

Program Accreditation
The Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium, which grants a baccalaureate degree along with Indiana University, Ball State University, or the University of Indianapolis, is located in Indianapolis. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835  
Outcomes data for the program can be found at http://www.coarc.com/47.html.  

Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy, and are eligible to take the entry-level and advanced-practitioner examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Successful completion of each examination allows the graduate to use credentials recognized throughout the nation.

Graduates are also eligible to take licensing examinations required in most states. Those states, including Indiana, which require licensure as part of their credentialing process use the entry-level examination offered by the NBRC.

Persons who have been convicted of a crime may wish to contact the Program Director prior to entering the program to determine if they will be permitted to take the licensing examination upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.

For more information about the Baccalaureate Degree in Respiratory Therapy, contact undergraduate departmental advisor Sarah Gremer.

General Studies
The General Studies component includes 64 to 66 semester hours taken at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. This phase of the program may be started during any semester; however, some courses are offered only during certain semesters each year. All required courses must be taken for credit on a letter-grade basis.

First Semester:

  • ENG 103- English Composition 1 (3)
  • MATHS 125- Mathematics and Its Applications (3)
  • CHEM 101- General, Organic, and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences (5)
  • PFW elective (2)

Fulfills a Core requirement

Second Semester:

  • ENG 104- English Composition 2 (3)
  • MATHS 111- Intermediate Algebra (3)
  • COMM 210- Fundamentals of Public Communication (3)
  • ANAT 201- Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3)
  • PSYS 100- General Psychology (3)
  • Humanities, Tier 1 (3)*

Third Semester:

  • PHYS 215- Human Physiology (5)
  • HIST 150- The West in the World (3)
  • PSYS 241- Statistics (3)
  • PHIL 202- Ethics (3)
  • FIN 101/110 or FCS 135 (1 or 3)*

Fourth Semester:

  • BIO 113- Microbiology for the Health Sciences (5)
  • HSC 160- Fundamentals of Human Health (3)
  • PHYCS 110- General Physics 1 (4)
  • Fine Arts Tier 1 (3)*

Professional Studies
The clinical phase of the program, which includes 70 semester hours, begins at IU Health in Indianapolis each August and runs five semesters. Students attend courses taught in classrooms and laboratories at Methodist Hospital. Extensive clinical experience is obtained at hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout central Indiana. If, due to remedial courses, major change, etc., a student is unable to complete the General Studies component by the time the Professional Studies courses begin, it will be necessary to reapply the following year.

Fall Semester-Year 3

  • AHSC 303- Introduction to Human Diseases for Respiratory Therapists (2)
  • AHSC 311- Cardiorespiratory Physiology (3)
  • AHSC 315- Cardiorespiratory Assessment and Patient Care (3)
  • AHSC 325- General Respiratory Care (4)
  • AHSC 326- Respiratory Care Techniques 1 (2)
  • AHSC 333- Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology 1 (2)

Spring Semester-Year 3

  • AHSC 350- Cardiorespiratory Diseases (3)
  • AHSC 355- Life Support (3)
  • AHSC 356- Respiratory Care Techniques 2 (2)
  • AHSC 385- Respiratory Care Practicum 1 (3)
  • AHSC 405- Neonatal - Pediatric Respiratory Care (3)
  • AHSC 444- Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology 2 (2)

Summer Session:

AHSC 395- Respiratory Care Practicum 2 (4)

Fall Semester-Year 4:

  • AHSC 371- Pulmonary Diagnostics (3)
  • AHSC 420- Introduction to Research in Respiratory Care (2)
  • AHSC 451- Cardiorespiratory Monitoring and Special Techniques (3)
  • AHSC 456- Respiratory Care Practicum 3 (6)
  • AHSC 461- Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Geriatrics (3)

Spring Semester-Year 4:

  • AHSC 430- Management and Leadership for Respiratory Care (3)
  • AHSC 440- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (2)
  • AHSC 445- Seminar in Cardiorespiratory Care (3)
  • AHSC 480- Patient Education Techniques for Respiratory Therapists (3)
  • AHSC 485- Respiratory Care Practicum 4 (6)

Clinical Affiliates

  • IU Health Methodist
  • Riley Hospital at IU Health
  • IU Health University
  • IU Health North
  • IU Health West
  • IU Health Ball Memorial
  • IU Health Bloomington
  • IU Health Arnett
  • Eskenazi Health
  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Kindred Hospital
  • Seton Specialty Hospital
  • Select Specialty Hospital
  • Veteran's Administration Hospital
  • American Health Network