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    May 19, 2024  
2014-2015 Georgia Regents University Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Georgia Regents 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 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.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

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

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 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 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.

Respiratory Therapy Program Curriculum

Required Courses




Professional Licensure Credit: 30 Semester Hours

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, by the National Board for Respiratory Care:

Summary of Credit Hours

Required Course Credits: 14

Required Elective Track Credits: 4

Required General Elective Credits: 12

Total Required Program Credits: 30

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