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Michael Canfield, Instructor; Interim Program Director
Tadashia Jabril Cooper, Instructor; Director of Clinical Education
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 (www.coarc.com). 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. This program is closed to new admits.
*This program is being phased out and is closed to new admits.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This program is being phased out and is closed to new admits.
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.
Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of “B” prior to starting respiratory care coursework:
• Microbiology with lab (BIOL 225 or BIOL 325 , or higher course number; 4 credits)
• Human or mammalian anatomy (BIOL 217 or BIOL 301 , or higher course number; 4 credits)
• Human or mammalian physiology (BIOL 218 or BIOL 302 , or higher course number; 4 credits)
• Chemistry with lab (CHEM 108 /CHEM 109 or CHEM 205 /CHEM 206 , or higher course number; 3+1 credits)
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 , or higher course number–excluding PHYS 150; 4 credits)
• Statistics (MATH 210 , or higher course number; 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.