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Respiratory Therapy BS Degree Completion - Online

Complete Your Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

Format: Online

Note: There are no on-campus requirements. All students establish a preceptor/mentor at their home hospital/clinic to facilitate project completion for courses within the Online Degree Completion program.

With a degree in Respiratory Therapy, you will be ready to treat patients with heart and lung illnesses, as well as those with breathing difficulties. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), our Bachelor of Science program will assist you in becoming involved in the treatment, diagnosis, rehabilitation and home care of patients with acute or chronic disease affecting the lung or cardiovascular system. As a graduate, you will be eligible for credentialing exams administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). 

The Respiratory Therapy program offers a Career Ladder Online Degree Completion Program for those already Registered as Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) to obtain their undergraduate degree. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program qualifies graduates for career advancement into leadership roles within their healthcare organization. The Respiratory Therapy program has adopted the Career Ladder Model as the basis for accepting RRTs into the baccalau Undergr Undergraduate Course Catalog aduate Course Catalog reate degree completion program. Registered Respiratory Therapists may advance their education while minimizing duplication of knowledge and skills. Students who transfer college credit to Armstrong State University are required to complete a total of 130 credit hours for th Undergraduate Course Catalog e degree, with a minimum of 33 of those credits earned in the Armstrong Respiratory Therapy program.

Students who have achieved college credit at or above the associate degree, and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential will be eligible to interview for the Career Ladder Online Degree Completion program. Candidates should have:

State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of professionals may not indicate eligibility for certification/licensure in your state. Please consult the appropriate certification/licensure office in your state before enrolling in our program to confirm that your completion of this program will meet your state requirements.

Industry Highlights

The demand for respiratory care is expected to increase by 49% for the next 10 years.

- U.S. Department of Labor

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Facilities
  • Education
  • Private Business
  • Health Administration
  • Clinics
  • Home Care

Armstrong Edge

Current students take advantage of the intensive preparation for board and credentialing exams to excel in the field, along with the access to regional hospital and clinical sites for field experience.


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