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Upgrade Your RRT to a BSRT Degree Entirely Online:
Advance in Your Career as a Respiratory Therapist

Leap into your future with the RRT to BSRT online from the University of Southern Indiana — the only 100% online degree completion program for respiratory therapists in Indiana. Care for your patients with advanced skills, step into leadership in respiratory therapist jobs, and gain new expertise and capabilities with a BSRT degree.

We are proud to be an RRT to BSRT program that holds provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). In our program you’ll get the highest quality of learning, enabling you to advance your degree to the next level. Take your current professional competency into new realms with USI’s RRT to BSRT program.

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What Can You Do With a BSRT Degree?

In our RRT to BSRT online program you’ll prepare for advanced clinical respiratory therapist jobs. You will gain skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, time management, communication and practice that allow you to advance in your career, acquire advanced respiratory therapist jobs or continue your education in other healthcare specialties.

As a respiratory therapist, you know how much your patients need you. With your BSRT degree from USI, you will have more skills to help the most critically ill patients, educate your clients and effectively lead others to care for the health of your community. Getting your RRT to BSRT will give you a leg up as an advanced practitioner.

Expand on the knowledge from your RRT education and increase your earning potential with our convenient, affordable RRT to BSRT program. Our students often continue their respiratory therapist jobs while they study, so advance your skills while you continue your career.  

Adult Student Grant

Are you an adult over the age of 25 living in Indiana and interested in pursuing higher education? You may qualify for up to $2,000 with the Adult Student Grant offered by the state! See below to read more on how you can utilize this grant in our RRT to BSRT program, or you can visit the website directly to apply. 

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"The online RRT to BSRT is user-friendly, beneficial, and accommodating. It helped me advance my career to a Lead Respiratory Therapist position!"

- Adam Kiesel, Lead RRT, Franciscan Health

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
  • Must have an RRT credential through the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • Completion of the University of Southern Indiana's undergraduate application
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A one-time, nonrefundable $40 application fee

Non-native speakers of English must provide an official report confirming a TOEFL score of 197 (computerized test) or 71 (Internet based), or IELTS score of 6, or Cambridge English (Advanced) Minimum grade of C, or ELS Completion Level 112.

  • 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 an AS degree somewhere other than USI, a block of up to 50 credit hours may be awarded with confirmation of the RRT credential and licensure.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours toward the completion of the baccalaureate degree must be earned from USI.
  • 22-30 core respiratory therapy credits
  • Not more than 19 non-respiratory support courses 
  • 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.
  • 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.

Credit for Prior Learning through Validation:

The University of Southern Indiana provides opportunities for RRT students progressing toward a BSRT degree to receive credit for previous professional experience.  Students may receive credit for professional certification in a respiratory therapy specialty.

Validation with a nationally recognized certification:

  • Students who are currently certified in an area which correlates to the course content may receive credit for the entire course. 
  • Students should submit a copy of their current certification to the course coordinator for approval.
  • Students must request third party verification of certification submitted directly to administrative assistant for the RRT-BSRT program.

Specific Course Validation Guidelines:

REST 499: Special Topics in Respiratory Therapy

Course Coordinator: Jody Delp – 812-464-1778

National certification specific to special topic covered.  Special topics include:

  • Pulmonary Function Technologist
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist
  • Adult Critical Care Specialist

Respiratory Therapy Program Goals:

  1. To provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.
  2. To promote and advance personal development of respiratory faculty, staff, and health professionals.

Respiratory Therapy Expected Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all respiratory therapist program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the respiratory care code of ethics, ethical obligations, and professional conduct.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, time management skills, interpersonal communication skills, and technical skills necessary to provide competent respiratory care in multidisciplinary care settings. 
  3. Evaluate evidence-based best practices through research and the critique and interpretation of professional scientific literature.
  4. Assess current issues and trends in health care, including public policy, access, quality improvement, and legal and ethical topics.
  5. Develop respiratory education through the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients affected by cardiopulmonary disorders.
  6. Apply and evaluate information in relation to the advanced medical treatment of the critically ill adult patient relevant to his/her role as an advanced level respiratory therapist.
  7. Illustrate understanding of the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation and its impact on cardiopulmonary disorders. 
  8. Examine effective leadership techniques and practices used in the healthcare setting.
  9. Apply knowledge learned to specific areas of respiratory therapy through independent research.

Respiratory Therapy RRT-BSRT Program Student Outcomes

Attrition/Retention: Current program retention rate is 91%

Employer Satisfaction: Current employer satisfaction with graduates of 100%

Overall Graduate Satisfaction: Current graduate satisfaction of 100%

What is the application deadline?

  • Six application deadlines per year
  • Applicants can apply during spring, summer, or fall semesters

What is a “block credit?”

  • A block of up to 50 credit hours will be applied toward the BSRT upon proof of the RRT credential and licensure where applicable.

What are the prerequisites? 

  • Must have completed a CoARC accredited program in Respiratory Therapy and hold a minimum of Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy.
  • Must hold the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential awarded by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

How long is the program? 

  • The length of the program is contingent upon each student but possible to complete within 12 months depending on the number of courses taken each semester.
  • All courses including non-respiratory therapy support courses are 7 weeks in duration.

What is the cost of tuition?

For more information about tuition, fees and other costs, visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance page. Program fees as noted on are not assessed for degree completion students.

What degree do I receive? 

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy

Do I need official transcripts? 

  • Yes, one copy of all previous college or university transcripts for USI Admissions office and one copy mailed separately to the program.

Does the program accept Advanced Placement? 

  • The USI RRT-BSRT Program follows University guidelines regarding Advanced Placement in general education curriculum.

Courses within the RRT to BSRT Program are offered entirely online using a learning management system. Access to a reliable computer with internet access is required. 

  • All courses are offered online, giving you control over your schedule
  • Seven-week courses with multiple start dates, allowing students to enroll six times per year
  • Opportunities for validation of courses are available through the board certification

Go Further with an Accredited RRT to BS in Respiratory Therapy Program.

CoARC LogoCommission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care |
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.

CoARC LogoThe University of Southern Indiana RRT-BSRT Program, 510009, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

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), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.

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 Number: 510009

An RRT to BSRT online program for working professionals

Our classes are offered in a convenient seven-week format, so you can schedule your studies around your work and family commitments easily. The BSRT degree is fully online and offers six start dates per year. In addition, the RRT to BSRT program can be taken in an accelerated or regular format, allowing you to finish in as little as one year. Class schedules are flexible, as we understand you are a working respiratory therapist with time constraints. At USI, we are committed to helping you advance your career with the RRT to BSRT online in a cost-effective, accessible format so you can do what you love — caring for patients.

Individualized plan of study

When you become a BSRT degree student at USI, we evaluate your prior learning and professional experience to design an individualized plan of study for the RRT to BSRT online. You will receive the maximum credits towards your RRT to BSRT program, making your journey to this credential convenient and affordable. With academic advising from USI’s dedicated faculty, you will study the subjects you have yet to cover without spending precious time repeating material you’ve learned in previous training or from professional experience and certification.

In addition to the coursework above, a minimum total of 120 credit hours must be earned, including a minimum of 30 hours completed at USI and a minimum of 39 hours completed at the 300/400 level.

  • REST 451 - Management and Leadership for Respiratory Therapy
  • REST 452 - Introduction to Research in Respiratory Therapy
  • REST 453 - Respiratory Therapy Disease Management Concepts
  • REST 454 - Advanced Critical Care Management
  • REST 455 - Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Geriatrics
  • REST 456 - Professional Issues in Respiratory Therapy
  • REST 460 - Independent Study of Respiratory Therapy (1-6 credit hours)
  • REST 499 - Special Topics in Respiratory Therapy (3-6 credit hours)

All courses listed are three (3) credit hours unless designated otherwise.

The number of non-respiratory support courses needed will be determined by a review of your transcripts.

  • HP 302 - Biostatistics
  • IPH 356 - Ethics and Healthcare in a Pluralistic Society
  • NUTR 376 - Principles and Applications in Nutrition
  • IPH 401 - Interprofessional Perspectives on Global Health
  • WLC 155 - Cultural Diversity, or a course that transfers in such as: BS World Language Culture requirement such as humanities or anthropology

One of the following or a class that transfers in as:

  • MATH 107 - Fundamentals of Mathematics for Nursing (4 credit hours) OR
  • MATH 114 - Quantitative Reasoning (3 credit hours) OR
  • MATH 111 - College Algebra (4 credit hours)

All courses listed are three (3) credit hours unless designated otherwise.

Earn Your BSRT Degree on Your Time

The RRT to BS in Respiratory Therapy program has multiple starts each year, meaning you don't have to wait to start your journey towards completing your degree. 

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline
06/24/24 06/07/24 06/14/24 06/21/24
08/19/24 08/02/24 08/09/24 08/16/24
10/21/24 10/04/24 10/11/24 10/18/24

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