Respiratory Therapists are in a fast-growing career: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow “faster than the average for all occupations” at 12% from 2014-2024.
In this growing field, current Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) with an A.S. Degree are considering returning to school to earn their Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. Why? According to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), an advanced degree may qualify a Respiratory Therapist for a future managerial, educator or researcher role.
If you are a Registered Respiratory Therapist looking to advance in your field, San Joaquin Valley College’s Online Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) can provide the education needed to help you move forward.
Benefits of SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy B.S. Degree program:
- Sequenced for work-life balance
- Offered online
- Takes approximately 15 months to complete
The RRT to BSRT online program is designed for working Registered Respiratory Therapists who have graduated from a CoARC- or CAAHEP-accredited Associate Degree Program and are looking for career advancement opportunities in leadership, education, research and critical care in the field of Respiratory Care.
What makes SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy B.S. Degree program different?
Our student-designed capstone research project allows each student to identify a specialty and produce a proposal and then design a research project associated with that respiratory therapy area of interest. Additional core coursework assignments feed into the student’s project that culminates with evidence of their accomplishments in a portfolio that can be shared with current and future employers.
What can I do with a Respiratory Therapy B.S. Degree?
Graduates of SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science Degree program will be able to:
- Articulate various current professional and clinical roles and potential expanded roles related to the respiratory therapy profession including describing professional behavior, monitoring the quality of respiratory care outcomes and listing changes in technology.
- Demonstrate understanding of critical care pathophysiology to interpret pertinent clinical information and make recommendations for appropriate therapeutic intervention.
- Demonstrate the ability to access, interpret, and critically appraise relevant medical and other authoritative literature related to clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession and potentially affect positive change within your department.
To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science Degree Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Hold an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Care, awarded by a regionally or nationally accredited institution with a CoARC- or CAAHEP-accredited program
- Successful completion of a minimum of 70.0 units of lower-division courses (may include lower division respiratory care coursework)
- Hold an active credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), and current unencumbered licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) in California or in the state of current employment