Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy

March 15, 2022
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Our online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy empowers medical professionals to advance their careers and take on roles as leaders in their workplace. For students looking to transfer credits from associate degree programs, this is made easier by our articulation agreements with many community colleges around the United States. If you’re currently a registered respiratory care worker, you can earn your bachelor’s degree online and on a flexible schedule in under two years at the University of Cincinnati.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Students of this program are required to complete 120 semester credit hours for graduation.
  • Up to 70 of these credits may be transferred from an eligible associate degree in respiratory care or respiratory therapy.
  • If you are interested in applying for the online BSRT program but have an associate degree that consists of less than 70 earned credit hours, you will be required to take additional coursework.
Complete Online Application
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022


Complete the online UC application and pay a $50 fee

CoARC Associate Degree

Hold an associate degree from a CoARC-accredited respiratory care/respiratory therapy program at a regionally accredited institution.

a.***If a student has graduated from a CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy program that is not regionally accredited, transcripts will be reviewed to determine if all general education requirements have been met.

NBRC Credentials

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) who is eligible to take the RRT Clinical Simulation Exam.  For questions regarding the NBRC Clinical Simulation Exam admission requirements see the NBRC CSE webpage.  Students who enroll as a CRT must earn the RRT credential before enrolling in advanced courses in the program.  The program will provide CRT students with the Kettering National Seminars RRT Home Study guide as well as Clinical Simulation Exam reimbursement.

Minimum GPA

Have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5


Submit official transcripts for all schools attended*** to: University of Cincinnati Office of Admissions, PO Box 210091, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091

Transfer Credits through Our Articulation Agreements

To make transferring credits from your associate degree more convenient, the University of Cincinnati has formed articulation agreements with several community colleges offering accredited respiratory care programs. If your community college does not appear on this list, please reach out to our enrollment advisor to discuss your credit transfer options. Visit the University of Cincinnati’s Credit Evaluation Center web page to see a list of colleges with which the Respiratory Therapy program has articulation agreements.

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