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Online RRT to BSRT Program (Degree Completion)

The online respiratory therapy degree completion program allows practicing Registered Respiratory Therapists with the NBRC credential RRT, to earn a Bachelor of Science in respiratory therapy through 100 percent online course work.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Flexibility – All courses offered through distance education giving you control of your schedule. 
  • 7-week classes with multiple start dates, ability to enroll six times per year.
  • Opportunities for validation of courses are available through current board certification. Information about validation options can be found by using the credit for prior leaning tab.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and the selection of the applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  • Completion of an associate degree in a CoARC accredited respiratory therapy program and regional accreditation of the college or university;
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale in previous academic work; Students with a 2.0 – 2.29 GPA will be considered on an individual basis;
  • Unencumbered RRT credential through the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC);
  • Completion of the USI RRT-BSRT application online;
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;

Non-native speakers of English must provide an official report confirming a TOEFL score of 525 (paper test) or 71 (Internet based), or IELTS score of 6.

Program Admission Calendar

Now is the time to start earning your RRT to BSRT! USI provides you with the convenience of an accelerated application-to-start calendar.

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline*
October 12, 2019 September 16, 2019 September 23, 2019 October 9, 2019
January 13, 2020 December 16, 2019 December 23, 2019 January 10, 2020
March 16, 2020 February 17, 2020 February 24, 2020 March 13, 2020
May 11, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 20, 2020 May 8, 2020

*New students will be automatically registered in one course upon acceptance to the program, then must register themselves for all subsequent courses.


  • Students may transfer in credits earned at an accredited community college or 4-year university.
  • No limitation on number of credits that may transfer into USI.
  • For students who earned their AS degree somewhere other than USI, a block of up to 50 credit hours can be awarded with confirmation of the RRT credential and licensure, where applicable.
  • 22-30 credits of BSRT level classes
  • The non-respiratory therapy support courses are incorporated into the individualized plan of study.
  • Total program requirements: 120 credits
  • 39 credit hours of the 120 credit hours earned must consist of courses at the 300/400 level to be eligible for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours toward the completion of the baccalaureate degree must be earned from USI.
  • Students must make a “C” or better in each REST course to progress or complete the RRT to BSRT program. Students will not receive course credit for grades of “D” or below and must repeat the REST course to progress.

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