May 26, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

Respiratory Therapy Major, Degree Completion Option, B.S.


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The degree completion option of the respiratory therapy program allows practicing registered respiratory therapists with the NBRC credential RRT to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major of respiratory therapy through 100% online coursework. Individuals entering the degree completion program in respiratory therapy must have completed a CoARC accredited associate degree program in respiratory therapy and must hold a current National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credential in Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

A traditional 4-year program in Respiratory Therapy  is available to students who are not already a practicing respiratory therapist.

In addition to the required supporting coursework and required respiratory therapy coursework, students in the degree completion option must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including a minimum of 30 hours completed at USI and a minimum of 39 hours completed at the 300/400 level.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the RRT to BSRT degree completion program is based upon the following criteria:

  • Completion of an associate degree in a CoARC accredited respiratory therapy program and regional accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale; students with a 2.0 – 2.3 will be considered on an individual basis
  • Unencumbered RRT credential through the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • Completion of the USI RRT-BSRT undergraduate application
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges attended

Non-native speakers of English must provide an official report confirming a TOEFL score of 197 (computerized test) or 71 (Internet based), or IELTS score of 6, or Cambridge English (Advanced) Minimum grade of C, or ELS Completion Level 112.

Program Goals (Degree Completion Option, B.S.)


  1. To provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.
  2. To promote and advance personal development of respiratory faculty, staff, graduates, and health professionals.

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