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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardiopulmonary Sciences, BAS


The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Cardiopulmonary Sciences is a program designed for cardiovascular technologists and respiratory care professionals who want to advance their education.

Applicants should hold one of the following credentials:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care
  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) or other registry level credentials from Cardiovascular Credentialing International
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

On this foundation of skill, the proposed program will result in additional growth for professionals within the specialized area of Cardiopulmonary Sciences.

The program will provide cardiopulmonary professionals with a well-rounded general education in the arts and sciences as well as an advanced understanding in the Cardiopulmonary Sciences. The Cardiopulmonary Sciences BAS provides career advancement for entry-level health profession practitioners. Students will develop management and leadership skills and gain a broader-based knowledge of healthcare delivery skills. The program offers a diverse population of students with innovative educational experiences and opportunities to meet the healthcare needs of the community they serve. The program provides a career and educational pathway for cardiovascular technologists and respiratory care professionals who have earned an Associate of Science degree in a related area or who hold comparable certification and licensure to treat patients.

Program Highlights:

The BAS in Cardiopulmonary Sciences program includes courses in professional issues, advanced pharmacology, diagnosis and intervention, patient management, research, legal and ethical aspects of healthcare, pathophysiology, leadership, and community health. Courses are offered in a blend of online and traditional formats to accommodate students' various schedules and learning preferences. Students may select from an array of electives to complement their learning. Courses are offered for full-time and part-time students. The program also provides an excellent basis for continued formal education at the graduate level in the medical, public health, and education disciplines.

Career Opportunities:

Cardiopulmonary professionals will be able to further promote the expansion of services in their communities, such as diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary and sleep disorders, health promotion and disease prevention, patient education, pulmonary rehabilitation, disease-specific case management, and life support outside of the intensive care unit. Changes in health care policy, regulation, and reimbursements have required professionals to adopt these expanded roles, work more independently in settings across the continuum of care, and collaborate as partners on the healthcare delivery team.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Applicants must submit an application to the BAS Program and be accepted to Florida SouthWestern State College. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must possess licensure, certification, or registration from the profession in which the applicant is practicing. Applicants should hold one of the following credentials:
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care
  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) or other registry level credentials from Cardiovascular Credentialing International
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
  1. Applicants must have earned either:
    1. An Associate in Science (AS) degree in either Cardiovascular Technology or Respiratory Care from any college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by State Board of Education rule, with a minimum of 60 credit hours earned. Current AS students are encouraged to apply for admission during the term in which they will complete their AS degree program/receive their required licensure.

OR

  1. A minimum of 60 credit hours, with all General Education and Electives met, may apply for admission. Students must possess licensure, certification, or registration from the profession in which the applicant is practicing as noted above.

BAS Program Applicants with Associate or Baccalaureate Degrees:

Students who transfer to Florida SouthWestern State College with a previous associate degree from a Florida College or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university are considered to have met 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.

Professional Credit for Previous College-Level (1000-4999) Coursework:

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences is a degree completion program. A degree completion program is typically designed for a non-traditional undergraduate population such as working adults who have completed some college-level course work but have not achieved a baccalaureate degree. Students in such programs may transfer in credit from courses taken previously and may receive credit for experiential learning.

Applicants who hold licensure, certification, or registration credentials as listed above, may be eligible to receive up to thirty (30) credit hours of lower division credit toward completion of the BAS degree. Through the admissions process, official transcripts from the applicable programs must be furnished to the Office of the Admissions. Program faculty will determine if appropriate nursing outcomes have been attained and if a student may qualify for the award of lower level credit.

Requirements to Enroll in Upper Division Cardiopulmonary Sciences Coursework (3000-4000 Level):

  1. Attend mandatory orientation session prior to enrollment in baccalaureate courses.
  2. Complete ENC 1101 - Composition I , ENC 1102 - Composition II , and one college-level mathematics course with grades of "C" or higher.
  3. Students are permitted to complete all remaining General Education Core, Electives, Lower Division Program-Specific, and Upper Division Cardiopulmonary Sciences Core coursework.

Transient Student Enrollment in Upper Division Coursework:

Transient students must obtain prior approval to enroll in Upper Division Cardiopulmonary Sciences Core coursework. Transient students are currently enrolled college students who register for courses at another institution on a temporary basis (e.g., university students attending summer semester at a state college). In order to take courses at another institution, students must receive approval from their home institution. The application will initiate your request and be routed to the appropriate personnel. Students initiate this process using Florida Virtual Campus at www.flvc.org/

Priority Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester Start - Application due by August 1
Spring Semester Start - Application due by December 1
Summer Semester Start - Application due by April 1

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours as outlined in the Cardiopulmonary Sciences BAS Program of Study.
  2. To satisfy residency requirements, a minimum of 30 credit hours of Upper Division Cardiopulmonary Sciences Core coursework must be completed at Florida SouthWestern State College.
  3. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all Upper Division Cardiopulmonary Sciences Core coursework.
  5. Students must complete the General Education Core and General Education Electives coursework, including assessment of General Education outcomes that are required by the College. Transfer courses will be reviewed for equivalency.
  6. Students must complete an Application for Graduation through the Office of the Registrar and enroll for GRD 4000 the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students must apply for graduation by the published deadline to be assured of final clearance for graduation, timely receipt of diploma, and participation in the graduation ceremony.

Foreign Language Competency Requirement:

  • 2 years of the same High School Foreign Language, or
  • Documented foreign language proficiency through testing, or
  • 2 semesters of the same College Level Foreign Language (level II proficiency), or
  • Level II proficiency- this criterion occurs when a student has completed the second course of a sequence of college foreign language without completing the first course. For example, if a student has successfully completed a college-level Spanish II but not Spanish I, then the student has met the Foreign Language Competency requirement.

Cardiopulmonary Sciences, BAS Degree Program of Study (120 Credits)


General Education Coursework: 36 Credits Required


Refer to the FSW General Education Program Guide 

COMMUNICATIONS CATEGORY: 9 Credits Required


HUMANITIES CATEGORY: 6 Credits Required


  • Core Humanities General Education course   - 3 credits
  • Writing intensive Humanities course, must pass with a "C" or better   - 3 credits

SOCIAL SCIENCES CATEGORY: 9 Credits Required


  • Core Social Sciences General Education course   - 3 credits
  • Writing intensive Social Sciences course, must pass with a "C" or better   - 3 credits
  • Any Social Sciences General Education course   - 3 credits

MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: 6 Credits Required


  • Core Mathematics General Education course   - 3 credits
  • Any Mathematics General Education course   - 3 credits

NATURAL SCIENCES CATEGORY: 6 Credits Required


  • Core Natural Sciences General Education course with Laboratory   - 3 credits
  • Any Natural Sciences General Education course with Laboratory   - 3 credits

Electives Courses: 25 Credits Required


  • Any 1000 - 4000 level courses   - 25 credits

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credit Hours


Information is available online at: www.fsw.edu/academics/ and on the School of Health Professions Home page at: www.fsw.edu/sohp