Admissions Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

March 15, 2020

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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 via the Respiratory Care Open Online Course or other supplemental courses.
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Application Deadline: March 15, 2020


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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

Be credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)* or a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) who is RRT eligible.** CRT’s must be credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) before matriculating into the advanced courses.

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


RRT eligible students have passed the NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice exam at the high-cut score within the past 3 years.

a. **This program includes the Kettering RRT Home Study for CRTs as well as RRT exam reimbursement provided for CRTs.

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.The University of Cincinnati’s online Respiratory Therapy program has articulation agreements with:Columbus State Community College

a. Columbus State Community College
b. Harrisburg Area Community College
c. Southeast Community College
d. Ivy Tech Community College
e. Massasoit Community College
f. San Juan College

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