Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year 
    Oct 18, 2018  
Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardiopulmonary Sciences

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Jonathan B. Waugh, Chair, Professor
Michael Canfield, Director of Clinical Education Instructor
Tadashia Jabril Cooper, Instructor


The Samford University Respiratory Care program, B.S. and M.S. degrees, CoARC program numbers 210620 and 200620 respectively, in Birmingham, AL, hold Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial onsite visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Continuing Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements


Respiratory Care Major (B.S.)  

The Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences offers a major in respiratory care leading to a bachelor of science degree. Students are required to earn at least 50 percent of the credit for a first undergraduate degree in each degree program from Samford.

Admission Requirements

Freshman applicants: High school graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above, have completed four units of English, two units of math, and two units of lab sciences with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Transfer students with less than 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits in total at other institutions must also meet the requirements of entering freshmen.

Transfer students with 24 credits or more must meet one of the following admission requirements:

1. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above in all college coursework and a composite score of 21 on the ACT or 1000 on the SAT within the last five years.


2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all college coursework attempted.

Program Specific Requirements

Progression Policy: In order to progress into the clinical phase of the respiratory care program, the student must:

1. Have a completed Health Data Record (with all required immunizations) updated annually and on file in the cardiopulmonary sciences (CAPS) department.

2. Submit negative results on drug screen and background check.

3. Have a signed HIPAA confidentiality statement on file in the CAPS department.

4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above on all college coursework.

5. Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of “B” prior to starting respiratory care coursework:

• Microbiology with lab (BIOL 225  or BIOL 325 , 4 credits)

• Human or mammalian anatomy (BIOL 217  or BIOL 301 , 4 credits)

• Human or mammalian physiology (BIOL 218  or BIOL 302 , 4 credits)

• Chemistry with lab (CHEM 108 /CHEM 109  or CHEM 205 /CHEM 206 , 3+1 credits)

6. Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of “B” before the second semester of respiratory care coursework:

• Physics with lab (PHYS 100  or PHYS 101 , 4 credits)

• Statistics (MATH 210 , 4 credits)

Exceptions to any admission requirement will be handled on an individual basis.

General Education: University Core Curriculum and Distribution Requirements

General Education Distribution Requirements are noted in the individual degree tables. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, see General Education Overview  in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses.




      Respiratory Care - Undergraduate

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