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There are 30 required credits in the RRT – BS Curriculum. We are not cohort based meaning that students can take as little or as many credits as they'd like in each semester. *

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You will earn academic credentials that will expand your opportunities for professional development and career advancement. Program coursework focuses on written and oral communication, patient advocacy, ethics, quality improvement, leadership and management, teaching in health care, critically reviewing studies, advanced respiratory care modalities and topics, and an inter-professional capstone.

*We recommend taking 6-12 credits per semester and taking no more than 9 credits in the first semester to get comfortable with the program.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title Credits
Required Courses
RESPCARE 355 (Taken in 1st semester during 1st or 2nd 7 week)Professional Communication in Health Care3
RESPCARE 440Senior Theory: Advanced Concepts3
RESPCARE 441Teaching Techniques for Health Care Professionals
RESPCARE 444Leadership and Management for Health Care Professionals3
RESPCARE 445Patient Advocacy and Ethical Considerations3
RESPCARE 432Critical Review of Health Care Research3
RESPCARE 480 (Recommend taking in final semester)Capstone3
Elective Courses
Choose 3 of the following 7 courses
Recommend taking 1 elective a semester
*Part of our Accelerated Masters program
RESPCARE 431Quality Improvement in Health Care3
RESPCARE 442Sleep Medicine3
RESPCARE 443Current Topics in Respiratory Disease3
RESPCARE 446Introduction to Disease Management3
RESPCARE 505* (fall only)Evidence Based Medicine3
RESPCARE 510* (spring only)Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
RESPCARE 527* (summer only)Advanced Pharmacology for the Respiratory Care Practitioner 3

*These courses are only available through our Accelerated Masters program. Although three classes are listed as options, only two can be taken through this program.

**Students also pay $200 or use our Refer a Colleague Program for 26 challenge credits for having their RRT.

Course descriptions

Degree Pathways

Many students ask us what degree pathway would be the best for them. The simple answer is that it depends on each individual student. Some indicators that help answer that question are: When would you like to graduate? What is a realistic class load for you to be successful? Are you able to sign up for both 7 week sessions in a semester? Are you able to take summer courses? What classes are currently available (not full)?

The only requirement is to take RESPCARE 355 in the first semester. Keep in mind that this class can be taken in either the first or second seven week session. We also highly recommend students take RESPCARE 480 in their final semester. Below are the two most common pathways that students pursue, however our advising team would be thrilled to help you develop an individual plan. Feel free to set up an appointment to receive help in creating a plan for yourself.

Program FormatFull-timePart-time
Class ScheduleFully online classes
1st 7-week session
2nd 7-week session
Fully online classes
1st 7-week session
2nd 7-week session
Time to Graduation3 semesters
12 months average (9-12 credits a semester)
5 semesters
18 months average (6 credits a semester)
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