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Welcome to the USI Respiratory Therapy Program

Welcome to the RT Program at USI!
The University of Southern Indiana offers two options for a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT): a four-year entry level (on campus) program and an RRT to BSRT online degree completion program.

Choose the program you are interested in:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Respiratory Therapy Program is to provide sound instruction and resources that will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitude, and critical thinking which are necessary to become successful and competent respiratory therapists. The Respiratory Therapy Program fosters and promotes health and wellness through the advancement of education, teaching excellence, practice, research, community engagement and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Program Goals

1. To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains required of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

2. To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the field of respiratory care in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of specialization).

3. To promote and advance personal development of respiratory faculty, staff, and health professionals.

Information for Out-of-State Students

Are you an out-of-state student interested in pursuing the Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy degree at USI or determining if the Respiratory Therapy Program meets individual state requirements for employment? Check your eligibility.

The Respiratory Therapy Program is limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the Respiratory Therapy Program will lead to inability to continue in your coursework. The exception to this is active military status.


CoARC logoThe program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation
for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

CoARC's Main Webpage:

CoARC's Outcomes Webpage: 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.

Program outcomes data relative to credentialing success, program attrition, job placement, program enrollment, and graduation rates is available on the CoARC website:

Program Number: 200060

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Rylie Farr '24

"My cousin's baby, who survived 19 days in the NICU, ignited my dream of becoming a respiratory therapist and providing care to premature babies. USI has given me the knowledge and skills to achieve this goal."