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The Online Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program enables respiratory therapists to earn a bachelor’s degree with minimal disruption to their lives and livelihoods. A bachelor’s degree can increase base pay and enhance competitiveness for positions such as disease or case manager, clinical educator, supervisor, clinical specialist departmental director, clinical sales specialist, and pharmaceutical representative.
The percentage of respiratory therapists with higher degrees has increased considerably since 2000, according to the American Association for Respiratory Care. Approximately a third of respiratory therapists have a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Average salaries for experienced respiratory therapists range from $50,000 to $70,000, depending on job responsibilities, education and location.
About the Program
The program enables working individuals to earn a degree through part time online classes. The program has a low student-to-teacher ratio and strongly emphasizes professional and academic growth, through development of critical thinking and effective communication skills.
The program requires 120 semester hours for completion: 60 hours of academic core, (see core curriculum) 30 semester hours of professional courses with GRU (see program curriculum) and 30 semester hours of conferred with proof of the RRT credential. Students may take up to 6 semester hours of courses per semester. Students will choose from four tracks: Education, Research, Adult Critical Care, and Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care. Students in all tracks will complete 7 required courses and 2 required elective courses. The remainder of the courses will be chosen from the general electives.
Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://gru.edu/admissions/hs-programs/respiratory-therapy-comp.php
In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit www.gru.edu/alliedhealth/respther/techstandards.htm to review these requirements.
GRU participates in all federal student aid programs.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76012-4244
Core Curriculum Courses
The program’s core curriculum is divided into six categories (A-F). The options for completing these prerequisites for transfer to GRU are listed below. Courses can only be used in one Area.
|A. Essential Skills
||9 semester hours
|English Composition I
|English Composition II (literature-based)
|College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus or Calculus
|B. Institutional Options**
||4-5 semester hours
|Introduction to Computers
Health and Wellness
Any approved guided elective from Area F
|C. Humanities and Fine Arts**
||6 semester hours
Speech, Oral Communications
Drama, Art, or Music Appreciation
Electives in Humanities and Fine Arts
|D. Science, Mathematics and Technology
||10-11 semester hours
|One eight-hour laboratory course sequence in Chemistry, Biology, or Physics AND an additional course in Science, Mathematics, or technology
|E. Social Science**
||12 semester hours
|United States History
United States Government
Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Lower-division electives in Psychology and Sociology
|F. Courses Appropriate to the Major
||18 semester hours
|Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/ labs
|Microbiology w/ lab
|Other approved guided electives
** If a student planning to transfer to GRU from another school in the University System of Georgia has completed this area with courses taken there or at another institution from which GRU accepts transfer credit, GRU will accept the area as satisfied. A student planning to transfer from a school not in the University System of Georgia should choose from the list of courses.
Estimated Tuition and Fees
For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information section of this catalog.