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