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2012-2013 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2012-2013 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree Completion for RRTs

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Career Information

The Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program enables registered respiratory therapists to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field 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, departmental director, medical equipment marketer, clinical specialist and pharmaceutical representative.

The percentage of respiratory therapists with higher degrees has increased considerably since 2000, according to a 2005 study of 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. The field is particularly lucrative in private industry.

About the Program

The program enables working individuals to earn a degree through flexible scheduling with a curriculum tailored to the student’s interests, needs and background. The program has a low student-to-teacher ratio and strongly emphasizes professional and academic growth.

The program requires 30 semester hours at GHSU for most registered respiratory therapists with an associate degree. Course work includes lectures,Web-based learning, individualized independent study and clinical training in such diverse areas as perinatal/pediatrics, burn care, pulmonary functions and diagnostic sleep studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on college grade point average, personal interview, references and assessment of professional qualities needed to complete the program. Admission criteria include:

  • Current National Board for Respiratory Care credentials as a registered respiratory therapist
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.30
  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid certification
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 500
  • Completion of the CPR for Professional Rescuers course is strongly recommended
  • Computer literacy is expected

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Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit to review these requirements.

Financial Aid

GHSU participates in all federal student aid programs. Educational assistance may be available for students who want to work in rural Georgia. GHSU helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment. GHSU students are very competitive for national, regional and local scholarships for the first and second years.


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

When to Apply

A complete application must be received by:

Summer and Fall semester: April 1
Spring semester: September 1

How to Apply

Apply online at, or contact:

Office of Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725

Courses to Take the First Two Years

The program’s core curriculum is divided into six categories (A-F). The options for completing these prerequisites for transfer to GHSU are listed below. Courses can only be used in one Area.

A. Essential Skills 9 semester hours  
English Composition I 3 hours  
English Composition II (literature-based) 3 hours  
College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling,
Trigonometry, Pre-calculus or Calculus
3 hours  
B. Institutional Options** 4-5 semester hours  
Introduction to Computers
Critical Thinking
Creative Writing
Health and Wellness
Medical Terminology
Any approved guided elective from Area F
C. Humanities and Fine Arts** 6 semester hours  
Foreign Language
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
Other History
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 8 hours  
Microbiology w/ lab 4 hours  
Other approved guided electives 6 hours  

** If a student planning to transfer to GHSU from another school in the University System of Georgia has completed this area with courses taken there or at another institution from which GHSU accepts transfer credit, GHSU 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 Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.

Respiratory Therapy Program Curriculum

Professional Licensure Credit

After completing the program’s academic and professional requirements, the following courses will be credited by proof of successful completion of the Registered Respiratory Therapist exam, the advanced practice exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care:

Total credit: 30 semester hours

Total Program Hours: 60