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Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences (BS) Requirements

Palm Beach State College offers several different bachelor's degree programs. The degrees are a combination of lower division courses (1000-2000 level) and upper division courses (3000-4000 level).

The lower division requirements for the B.S. degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences include:

36 credits of transferable general education courses

41 credits of transferable respiratory core courses

7 credits of transferable common prerequisite courses

Applicants must apply to Palm Beach State College and must apply to the Cardiopulmonary Sciences B.S. program and be accepted. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. Students must have an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Respiratory Care. The applicant must possess, or be eligible for, licensure from the state in which the applicant is practicing. Applicants must hold the following credential: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students who have earned their A.A. degree or have transferred to Palm Beach State College with a previous associate degree from a Florida College or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university are considered to have meet the general education core and elective coursework (60 credit hours) of the degree. Students are permitted to complete any remaining lower division, Cardiopulmonary Sciences program specific coursework while completing upper division, Cardiopulmonary Sciences core coursework.

General Education

The bachelor's degree requires completion of 36 credits of transferable general education credits, satisfying Palm Beach State College's general education requirements (or indication on the transcript that the student has completed general education requirements at another Florida college or university). Each bachelor's degree has requirements as to the types of acceptable A.S./ A.A. degrees and coursework that may apply to each degree. Please see a bachelor's degree advisor for more information. The B.S. degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences upper division requirements include 36 credits. This includes a "capstone" course experience where students apply their learning in relation to their course work.

Graduation Requirements

Students Must:

Successfully complete all courses in the program. All general education courses and upper division courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Achieve at least a 2.5 grade point average in a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted at the College and at other institutions.

Demonstrate foreign language competency. The Florida Department of Education has identified the competency as successful completion of two credits of high school foreign language instruction, eight to ten credits in one foreign language at the college level or passing scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Native speakers of another language who can demonstrate proficiency may petition for a waiver. Students should contact the Bachelor's Degree Programs Office for more information.

Satisfy all financial obligations to the College.

Details of lower division requirements for Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences

Core Respiratory courses from A.S. Degree (Credits: 41)

Lower division common prerequisite courses (Credits: 7)

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

CHM1032Principles of Chemistry (AA)

3 Credits

And

CHM1032LPrinciples of Chemistry Lab (AA)

1 Credit

Or

BSC1005Concepts In Biology (AA)

3 Credits

And

BSC1005LConcepts In Biology Lab (AA)

1 Credit

Or

BSC1010Principles of Biology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

And

BSC1010LPrinciples of Biology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

MCB2010LMicrobiology Lab (AA)

1 Credit

General education requirements (Credits: 36)

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

ENC1102College Composition 2 (AA)

3 Credits

STA2023Statistics (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

MCB2010Microbiology (AA)

3 Credits

SYG2000Introduction to Sociology (AA)

3 Credits

AMH2020United States History from 1865 to Present (AA)

3 Credits

Or

POS1041Introduction to American Government (AA)

3 Credits

AA Elective Course

3 credits

Select one course Area III (Mathematics) MAC1105 or Higher (Credits: 3)

Select two courses from Area II (Humanities) (Credits: 6)

Total Credit Hours: 84