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Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy - Degree Completion

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

As a practicing respiratory therapist, you have the important role of helping patients with the most essential function in life: breathing. This degree-completion program will advance your clinical and professional practice through an interdisciplinary curriculum that incorporates research, critical analysis, and evidence-based approaches.

For this online program, you may choose to complete the 36 credits on a part-time (24-month) or full-time (12-month) basis, and you'll have the flexibility to take all courses, except Capstone, in any order. With the advantage of a small class, instructors—who are regional subject matter experts—will train you on a personal level to broaden the field of respiratory care through collaborative practice and advanced assessment.

A Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy is the preferred degree as designated by the American Association for Respiratory Care. This degree offers the opportunity for registered respiratory therapists who hold an associate degree to build upon core competencies and develop skills such as leadership, teaching, and communication to improve their delivery of patient-centered respiratory care.

  • Associate of Science (AS) in Respiratory Therapy
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) licensure

 

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

Year I-Fall

 

 

HCM 318

Leadership Development

3

RES 420

Protocols & Guidelines in Respiratory Care

3

Total

6

Year I-Spring

RES 450

Teaching in the Clinical Setting & Simulation Lab

3

RES 460

Essentials of Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS)

3

Total

6

Year 1-Summer

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

3

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

Total

6

Year II-Fall

RES 440

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology for RT

3

Choose one course from the following:

 

3

HCM 352

Quality Improvement

HSC 305

Navigating the Healthcare System

HSC 310

Healthcare Informatics

HSC 320

Writing for Health Science Professionals

Total

6

Year II - Spring

RES 480

Evidence-based Care in RT Practice

3

Choose one course from the following:

 

3

HCM 300

US Healthcare: Organization & Development

HCM 245

Introduction to Healthcare Business

HSC 340

Health & Safety

HSC 360

Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

HSC 410

Health Research Methods

Total

6

Year II—Summer

RES 420

Protocols & Guidelines in Respiratory Care

3

Choose one course from the following:

 

3

HSC 220

Personal Health & Wellness

HSC 355

Contemporary Topics in Health Education and Promotion

Total

6

Total Credits

 

36

 

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) degree-completion program prepares respiratory therapists (RT) with an Associate of Science (AS) degree to advance clinical and professional practice through an interdisciplinary curriculum that incorporates research, critical analysis, and evidence-based approaches.

Upon program completion graduates will:

  • RT1 Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues in Respiratory Therapy and patient populations.
  • RT2 Identify and articulate the impacts of contemporary issues on the respiratory therapy profession and the management and delivery of respiratory care.
  • RT3 Critically evaluate and apply evidence in support of advancing the profession and practice of respiratory therapy.
  • RT4 Develop and deliver patient-specific respiratory care based upon the best available evidence.
  • RT5 Demonstrate cross-disciplinary leadership in clinical and collaborative practice settings.
  • RT6 Communicate effectively across and within health professions and demonstrate collaborative practice in support of personal and professional development.
  • RT7 Incorporate technology in the delivery of respiratory care and education to patients and providers.
  • RT8 Explain theoretical approaches in managing and addressing the impacts of chronic disease.
  • RT9 Apply advanced assessment techniques and strategies in the management of therapeutic interventions.
  • RT10 Demonstrate accountability through personal and professional development and life-long learning.
  • RT11 Demonstrate an understanding of education theories, curriculum development, assessment strategies, instructional design, and learning management systems.