Cardiorespiratory Sciences

Attention: The College of Southern Nevada Cardiorespiratory Program will no longer be accepting applications for its AAS degree program and BAS bridge program. Moving forward the CRS program will only offer an entry level BAS degree with the first BAS CRS class to be seated in fall of 2020 with CRS specific prerequisite classes scheduled to be available in fall of 2019. In preparation, non-CRS prerequisite classes and general education classes can be completed.

Nature of Work

Cardiorespiratory Sciences (CRS) is a multi-disciplined, multi-credentialed program, preparing students in care, management, and life-support of individuals having deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. A successful graduate of this program will obtain credentials from the American Heart Association, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, and the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) and cardiac technicians work with people of all ages in hospitals, clinics, offices, home health, schools, public health, military, and the Federal Government. As our nation moves toward health care reform, these practitioners will continue to be in a valuable profession, thus ensuring job security.

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Program Description

The Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program provides a quality academic experience preparing Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) and Cardiac Technicians. The graduate will possess the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to think critically, communicate effectively, and provide self-direction while administering care.

This program emphasizes developing competencies that integrate protocols, clinical practice guidelines, and critical pathways into an efficient cardiorespiratory care plan. The program includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical practice instruction. Critical thinking, patient assessment, and critical care skills are emphasized in preparing the student/graduate to sit for both certification and registry level testing.


This program has obtained accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Certificate

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Cardiorespiratory Sciences Requirements

Cardiorespiratory Sciences BAS Advising Sheet
Cardiorespiratory Sciences BAS Career Guide
Cardiorespiratory Sciences BAS Selection Criteria

CRS Essential Functions and Working Conditions
Cardiorespiratory FAQ
Engelstad School of Health Sciences Handbook

Admission Requirements

The CSN BAS CRS program is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission into the program must be submitted and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration.

Find out how to apply to this program through the Limited Entry Office.

Student's First Checklist

New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Health Programs Advising Checklist. This checklist provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited-Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.

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If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact one of our Health Programs Advisement Offices.

  • Charleston Campus: (702) 651-5885, Building K Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: (702) 651-4415, Main Building Room N212
  • Henderson Campus: (702) 651-3563, Building B Room 136