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Respiratory Therapy, B.S.R.T.

The Respiratory Therapy major prepares graduates of associate-level programs in respiratory therapy who have achieved the RRT credential with the expanded knowledge, critical thinking ability, and communication skills necessary to become leaders in respiratory education, management, research, and advanced clinical practice.

The emphasis of the curriculum is to enhance and advance the student’s professional career in respiratory therapy with additional education in professional writing, teaching strategies, healthcare administration, evidence-based research, critical appraisal skills, and advanced critical care management. This degree program is offered completely online through the Office of Distance Education and the Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences. Students seeking admission into this program will already be licensed respiratory therapists who have the RRT credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care. The program culminates in a capstone experience that is developed around the students’ specific professional interest area. Students learn the detailed research process and have the opportunity to present their finalized clinical, educational, administrative, or population-based project prior to graduation. The accomplished faculty are committed to preparing students to become that “next generation” respiratory therapist.

Admission Requirements


  • Minimum GPA:  2.0 from an Associate Degree program that is a CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy program from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses: A minimum grade of a C in all coursework taken by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which application is made
  • Other: Current unencumbered state license as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, up-to-date Basic Life Support certification, transcript completion of an Associate Degree program in respiratory therapy
  • Declaration of Major: Students will be accepted directly into the program as a BSRT major
  • Transferable Credit Hours: 64

Students must first apply for admission to the University, and then make a second application to the UNC Charlotte Distance Education Office.  The final program admission decision is made by the BSRT program faculty.  Applicants are competitively reviewed for admission based on their cumulative GPA in all college transferable coursework, as well as their personal statement and letters of recommendation.  Satisfactorily completing the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.  After evaluating the credentials of all applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements, the selection committee offers admission to students whose credentials demonstrate the highest level of academic achievement.  Students are admitted in one cohort in the Fall semester, in which applications are accepted from November 15 to March 15.  Students will be accepted directly into the program as a BSRT major.  Applications are available from the Distance Education Office.  Admission decisions are communicated in writing from the Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences.  Applicants who are denied may reapply.

Degree Requirements

Transfer Credit (64 credit hours)

General Education Courses (0 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .  Students with an acceptable AAS degree are granted a general education waiver, with the exception of the Writing Intensive (W) and Oral Communication (O) requirements satisfied within the BSRT major.

Credit by Exam (12 credit hours)

Students receive 12 credits by exam for having passed the RRT exam after completion of RESP 3101 .

Restricted Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Students are required to take two LBST courses unless they are able to transfer in credit from a four-year university or college, in which case those courses may be credited toward the elective courses as approved by the BSRT Program Director.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

For all required courses for the Respiratory Therapy major, students must receive a grade of C or above to be considered successful.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in the Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences, visit the program page .