An average BSRC graduate earns $10,000 more over a five year timeframe than ASRC prepared graduates.

Program Details

  • All courses are delivered 100% online
  • Courses are delivered in an asynchronous format. (This means there is not a predetermined class time, so working respiratory therapists can complete the coursework at times convenient to them.)
  • Condensed 8-week course format that allows for accelerated degree completion.
  • Comprehensive curriculum designed to engage students to acquire knowledge for enhanced utilization within the respiratory care profession.
  • Discounted tuition rate.
  • Can be completed in as little as 20 months in a full-time role. Also can be completed in a part-time role.
  • Allows program graduates to advance their knowledge while meeting new education recommendations from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).   

Admission Criteria

For admission consideration the applicant must possess the following minimum qualifications: 
  1. Provide evidence of possession of an active RRT credential with the NBRC
  2. Graduated with an A.S. or A.A.S. degree from a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care/Respiratory Therapy program in a regionally accredited institution
  3. Completed an application for admission to Carlow University
  4. Earned a minimum of 2.0 GPA 
  5. Submitted all transcripts from all post-secondary schools 

Each candidate will have their transcript evaluated to determine the number of courses that are accepted and transfer into Carlow University and the BSRC Degree Completion program. All students must graduate with a minimum of 120 credits to obtain their BSRC degree.

Financial aid counselors will work with students to coordinate payment schedules if tuition reimbursement is covered by an employer. 


As a credentialed respiratory professional you many ask why should I pursue my BSRC degree?

Let’s explore 3 very important questions:

1. Is getting an advanced degree worth it? Yes (91%), say most respiratory therapists.
Recently the American Association of Respiratory Care spotlighted - "Getting an Advanced Degree in Respiratory Care" which asked respondents – Was it worth it to advance their degree? The respondents overwhelmingly (91%) said getting an advanced degree in the respiratory care profession has paid off for them big time, whether in terms of career advancement, personal satisfaction in completing their goal, or both.

2. Is there a difference in salary projections between an associate degree in respiratory therapy versus a bachelors degree in respiratory therapy/care? Yes. In 2015 the AARC conducted a human resources study of the profession which revealed that an average RT with a BSRC degree will earn $2000 more annually than an RT prepared with an associate degree. A good way to summarize the differences is that an associate degree can help you acquire skills to work as a Respiratory Therapist at an entry level but a Bachelor degree in respiratory therapy/care will help you prepare for advanced opportunities including supervisory roles.

3. Have there been any newly implemented educational changes regarding the respiratory profession? Yes, and it's an important one: the Commission on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care recently approved the following minimal educational Standards for Respiratory Care (as of 1/1/2018) “an educational sponsor must be a post-secondary academic institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and must award graduates of the program a baccalaureate or graduate degree upon completion of the program”. -CoARC Standard 1.0, which can be viewed in full here.


Okay, but why should I pick Carlow University? 

Flexibility and Convenience – The entire program can be completed online, from anywhere. 

Affordability – The BSRC degree completion program offers one of the lowest tuitions in the country and offers the same discounted tuition rates for in/out of state students.

Personal - Class sizes are small to allow for personal individualized attention to detail.

Career enhancing - through relevant and challenging courses focusing on all aspects of respiratory medicine. 

Accelerated completion – The BSRC degree completion program can be completed in as few as 20 months.


What else should I know?

  • The vast majority (95%) of students enrolled in the Carlow University BSRC Degree Completion program pay less than $9000 total for the program when utilizing the student employer tuition reimbursement benefit.
  • An average BSRC graduate earns $ 10,000 more over a five year timeframe than ASRC prepared graduates.
  • Nationally 91% of graduates from BSRC programs feel that their advanced degree has/will promote their professional careers in respiratory medicine.  
  • There is a 100% likelihood of an increase in educational requirements from and ASRC to BSRC minimum in the respiratory profession.  New CoARC Standards have approved minimum education requirements for all new RC programs to be at or above the BS level by the year 2018.  Students graduating from the Carlow University BSRC program are well ahead of the educational requirements needed in this profession.
  • Graduates from BSRC level programs have identified the following attributes/advantages with their advanced education and training 
    • Enhanced income potential
    • Improved managerial opportunities
    • Improved upward clinical ladder mobility
    • Enhanced RC educator opportunities
    • Gainful understanding of evidence based research and practices 

Respiratory Care Degree Completion Courses

Course NameCourse numberCreditsCourse Description
Medical Ethics and Legal Principles in Respiratory CareRC 1073This course will provide students an introduction to the presence of basic ethical and legal topics in healthcare and respiratory care practice. Ethical and legal principles, definitions, applications, and case study scenarios will be utilized to emphasize knowledge, learning and the practical applications in respiratory care.
Enhanced Theories in Respiratory CareRC 1173This course is designed to provide the student with a dynamic view of various advanced respiratory care applications and procedures. The student will investigate new concepts and research related to improvement of patient care. Areas of concentration will include advancements in smoking cessation programs and the role of respiratory therapists as a health coach, advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of COPD, the role of respiratory therapists in hyperbaric oxygenation applications, new advances in management of microbiological pathogens, interventional pulmonary procedures, and enhanced theories for caring for patients receiving mechanical ventilation.
Research and Evidence Based Practice in Respiratory CareRC 1273This course is designed to provide the student with a dynamic view of evidence based practice principles focused on various new respiratory care applications and procedures. The student will investigate new concepts and research related to improvement of patient care. Areas of concentration will include E cigarettes, new advances in the effects of smoking, hyperbaric oxygenation applications, invasive and non-invasive cardiopulmonary procedures, exploration of imagery scans, and atypical mechanical ventilation procedures.
Respiratory Care Practice in Acute and Alternative SettingsRC 2073This course will explore respiratory care practice in the acute care and alternative care arenas. A focus will include responsibilities of respiratory clinicians in the ER, flight transport, exercise stress testing, metabolic testing, telemedicine, and informatics.
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Respiratory CareRC 2173This course provides foundational principles, concepts and methods for promoting and improving healthcare quality and patient safety within the profession of respiratory care. Students will investigate micro and macro-system levels with a focus on application at the micro-system level in the healthcare environment.
Advanced Respiratory Care PathophysiologyRC 3073Respiratory clinicians will discuss and investigate new respiratory care pathophysiological principles, structure, and theories including new advances in the pathology of ARDS and COPD patients, bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia, sudden infant death syndrome, pertussis, SARS – severe acute respiratory syndrome, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, hantavirus, the effect of thyroid disorders on the human body, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, and rhabdomyolysis.
Advanced Respiratory Care PharmacologyRC 3073Respiratory clinicians will examine new pharmacology medications, principles, structure, and theories of operation utilized within respiratory care. Specific medication categories to be explored will include cardiac agents, diuretics, antibiotics, surfactants, vaso-agents, anti-inflammatory agents, mucolytics, new bronchodilators, anti-arrhythmic agents, applicable medical gases (CO2, inhaled sedatives etc.) sedative and hypnotic agents.
Leadership and Management Issues in Respiratory CareRC 3173Students within this course will examine various theoretical constructs as a means of becoming more aware of their own leadership styles. Application of strategic management models will be studied to improve respiratory leadership and management skills in others. Students will identify and apply strategic models to analyze problems, formulate strategic solutions, and make sound decisions in the respiratory care forum.
Respiratory Care EducationRC 3273This course examines the design, objectives, and applications of respiratory care medicine educational competencies. This course will also extend into the proper development and maintenance of departmental educational systems for staff and management. A focus on systematic creation, modification and implementation of HIPPA, blood borne pathogens, FERPA, and additional respiratory care departmental educational requirements.
Capstone - Respiratory Care Project/PortfolioRC 4072This course focuses on the creation and development of a senior respiratory care project and portfolio. Students will select an approved respiratory care special project topic and complete a comprehensive analysis, research, report, and presentation discussing all aspects of the topic selected. The student will also learn the proper procedure and expectations while producing a professional respiratory care portfolio.