NOTE: WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FOR THIS PROGRAM AT THIS TIME.
If you have a passion for helping others and an interest in health professions, consider a career in respiratory care.
The RT to BSRC degree program is a BS-degree-completion program designed for the practicing, credentialed, professional respiratory therapist who wish to advance their professional development by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care. Students may enroll in the RT to BSRC track any semester.
The program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Shenandoah University’s general education requirements are considered to be met by the student’s associate degree, which provides up to 88 credit hours toward the minimum 120 credit hours required for graduation. Respiratory Care core courses provide the remaining 32 credits and must be taken through Shenandoah University. These courses are offered online or by independent study, allowing students to structure their study while maintaining employment.
Respiratory therapists are vital members of the health care team, serving in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians’ offices and home health agencies. Respiratory therapists care for their patients by integrating advanced technology, helping them to breathe easier, better and longer.
What Our Program Offers You
Why a Career in Respiratory Care?
With estimated job growth at 28 percent for 2010-2020, the United States Department of Labor cites respiratory care as a fulfilling field with above-average growth potential and a typical starting salary range between $45,000 and $55,000.
Shenandoah University’s bachelor’s degree program in Respiratory Care prepares you to become a compassionate and skilled advanced respiratory care practitioner capable of providing effective patient care in diverse healthcare settings.
Why Shenandoah University for Respiratory Care?
We offer the most established and longest-running bachelor’s degree program for respiratory care in Virginia. The program includes
- bachelor’s degree track for transfer students
- flexible degree-completion option designed for credentialed, practicing respiratory therapists who want to advance their knowledge by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care
Students benefit from Shenandoah’s state-of-the-art equipment and from the university’s close relationship with the Winchester Medical Center and hospitals in northern Virginia for their clinical opportunities.
Requirements for the RT to BSRC Track
- RC 306 Introduction to Sleep Studies and Neurodiagnostics/2 credits
- RC 318 Pulmonary Function Testing/4 credits
- RC 319 Cardiovascular Function and Care/4 credits
- RC 320 The Neonatal and Pediatric Provider/4 credits
- RC 399 Education Practicum I/3 credits
- RC 413 Pulmonary Diseases and Treatment/3 credits
- RC 415 Ethics in Practice/3 credits
- RC 416 Emergency Preparedness/3 credits
- RC 439 Education Practicum II/3 credits
- RC 420 Capstone/3 credits
Total: 32 credits
Admission Requirements for the RT-to-BSRC Program
An overall grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission.
A minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required in all respiratory care courses.
In order to be accepted into this program of study:
You must have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), offered at a regionally-accredited institution.
You must be credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or be eligible to take the RRT exams.
You must be currently working as a respiratory care practitioner.
Students who have not completed all required general education courses or who do not have 88 credits of course work to transfer in may be enrolled in the RT-to-BSRC program and take non-Respiratory Care courses while completing their RT-to-BSRC requirements.
Such applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.