Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy

July 15, 2021
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UC Online’s Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy program prepares professional Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs) and Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) with additional knowledge skills, and attributes in leadership management, education, and research that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.  This program is designed to fit your schedule with coursework offered 100% online.

What is Respiratory Therapy?

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A career in respiratory therapy is ideal for compassionate individuals interested in lung-related healthcare. Graduates of the University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to take on leadership roles in the world of respiratory care, from assisting patients with lung conditions to educating family members of patients about how to offer care.

With courses focused on the intricacies of pulmonary care, as well as classes that offer insight into the inner workings of the healthcare industry, our BS in Respiratory Therapy produces qualified professionals ready for successful and rewarding careers.

CoARC Provisional Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy, 500015, Bachelor of Science, University of Cincinnati holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit.

Program and Education Goals

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Sciences Program is to provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, and research that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes-based process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. To learn more, click here:

The program’s coursework and experiences emphasize the technical and academic competencies required of a respiratory therapist as well as the ethic and professionalism outlined by The American Association for Respiratory Care.

Is UC Online right for me?

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Respiratory Therapy is ranked #16 Best Health Care Jobs
The career path from high school to working professional provides the opportunity for students to live, learn and earn to reduce education debit. It's a great time to be an RRT!
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Job Growth

The estimated job growth for Respiratory Therapist is 23.4% over the next 10 years.


Student Testimonials
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“The flexibility of the program allows me to get a degree while on active military duty.”

A. Pickett
BS Respiratory Therapy, Current Student

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