Online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
What is an Advanced Career in Respiratory Therapy?
The Bachelor of Science Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) degree at Pima Medical Institute is an online offering designed to help current respiratory therapists attain goals of professional advancement in respiratory therapy.
According to the U.S. Department Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities are expected to be very good for respiratory therapists, especially for those with a bachelorís degree and certification.
Created specifically for Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), the BSRT degree is for those individuals who are looking for advancement in their careers as respiratory therapy leaders.
Bachelor's Degree Program
The BSRT degree completion program is offered online, giving students the flexibility to manage their education around work, family and other personal responsibilities. The program content offers courses in a variety of subjects including polysomnography, infectious diseases, home health and more.
The curriculum will offer students a broad look at respiratory therapy and health care administration, providing them with the skills and knowledge above what is typically attained at the associateís degree level. It will prepare students to analyze behavioral, social and cultural trends that influence management in health care settings; identify knowledge and skills necessary for professional leadership; and employ evidence-based research for professional advancement and life-long learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does online education work?
Pima Medical Instituteís online programs are taught via the Internet, allowing for schedule flexibility to help you balance school, family, work and other personal commitments. These programs feature a rigorous curriculum and dedicated instructors and staff, just like youíd expect at one of Pima Medical Instituteís physical locations. Each online class is led by an instructor, and you will be part of a virtual class of other students.
Q: Will I be required to be online at a particular time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can access your class from any computer with an Internet connection, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Q: Do I have to come to campus?
No, you donít have to come to a physical campus location while enrolled in an online program at Pima Medical Institute.
Q: What are the goals of the BSRT program?
Upon completion of the program, graduates will hold a bachelorís degree and have a strong foundation of higher education. In addition, graduates will:
- Identify professional leadership skills
- Develop advanced knowledge of effective health care service delivery
- Analyze behavior, social and cultural trends that influence management in health care settings
Q: What does “fast track” mean?
Fast Track means that an applicant is transferring additional credits beyond the required 71 credits needed to enroll in the BSRT program. By transferring additional credits, students will be able to complete the program in less time. Transfer credit is determined on an individual basis by the online director and program director.
Q: Will my previous college credits transfer?
Students can transfer into the BSRT from most U.S. Respiratory programs, both certificate and degree.
Admission to the program requires that an applicant have completed a total of 71 semester credits of specific coursework at the postsecondary level. The content of these 71 transfer credits shall consist of 15 general education credits, 44 respiratory technical credits and 12 related credits. Additional transfer credit may be accepted as determined on an individual basis by the campus director and program director. Pima Medical Institute has additional online courses for applicants not transferring 71 credits.
Q: How long is the program? How often will I be required to be online?
The BSRT program consists of 60 weeks of content, or 70 weeks including semester breaks. Individual completion time may vary by student depending on individual progress and credits transferred.
Q: What types of jobs can I get from this degree?
The BSRT degree prepares graduates for management and leadership roles in their field. They can also branch into other areas such as medical or equipment sales or education which will require a bachelorís degree or higher.
Transfer of Credit (15 general education, 44 respiratory therapy, 12 related credits)
|Semester I BSRT|
|BUS 220||Healthcare Management||45||3.0|
|ENG 310||Technical Writing||45||3.0|
|CPT 301||Microcomputer Applications||45||3.0|
|Semester I Total||180||12.0|
|Semester II BSRT|
|MTH 310||Research Statistics||45||3.0|
|PHI 301||Critical Thinking||45||3.0|
|HCA 310||Health Care Law & Compliance||45||3.0|
|Semester II Total||180||12.0|
|Semester III BSRT|
|RES 425||Public Health||45||3.0|
|RES 435||Infectious Disease||45||3.0|
|RES 440||Home Health||45||3.0|
|HCA 430||Patient Information & Management||45||3.0|
|Semester III Total||180||12.0|
|Semester IV BSRT|
|SOC 325||Culture & Human Diversity||45||3.0|
|HCA 470||Quality Management||45||3.0|
|RES 490||Professional Capstone||60||4.0|
|Semester IV Total||195||13.0|
|Semesters I, II, III, & IV Totals||735||0||0||49.0|
The BSRT program is offered online and takes just over one year (approximately 1 year and 2 months) to complete. Contact us to see if you qualify.
Program Entrance Requirements
Program requirements include:
- High school transcript or evidence of satisfactory completion of GED
- Currently a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
- Current employment in respiratory care or graduate of a respiratory program within the last five years
- Transfer of 71 credits