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2015-2016 Augusta University Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Augusta University Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree Completion for RRTs On-Line Track

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Career Information

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 (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.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://gru.edu/admissions/hs-programs/respiratory-therapy-comp.php

Technical Standards

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.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs.


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76012-4244

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Respiratory Therapy Program Curriculum

Core Curriculum Areas A‑E (with Overlay Areas I, II, and III): 42 Hours

For more information on Core Curriculum Areas A-E, see Core Requirements .

Core Curriculum Area F: 18 Hours

Junior Year

Senior Year

Wellness Graduation Requirement: 4 Hours

Total Program Hours: 124

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