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RRT-Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory care requires not only technical expertise, but also humane, empathetic, and professional behavior directed towards patient-centered care. Highly competent respiratory therapists display professional excellence and integrity.

Are you a registered respiratory therapist who would like to advance your career and complete your bachelor's degree?

Consider UNCW's RRT to Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy online degree advancement program. Our program promotes the understanding of advanced clinical concepts, leadership, and evidence-based practice that can be applied to disease management strategies for patients within your organization. 

Why an Online Accelerated Program?

  • Start whenever you'd like. Students are admitted 6 times per academic year. 
  • Courses are 7 weeks in length.
  • Earn your degree on your own schedule. Access lectures, readings, homework and other materials in the University’s learning management system.
  • Complete your core coursework in as little as 1 year. 

Get to Know Our Program

The respiratory therapy degree advancement program is designed to provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

  • 36-credit hours 
  • Students with the RRT credential may be awarded 34 elective credits after completion of the entry course: RSP 324 Disease Management for Respiratory Therapists.
  • University Studies, or general education requirements, must be met by transferring up to 64 accepted course credits from previous institutions and/or completion of University Studies at UNCW to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for the bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy. Official transcript review will determine the total number of required courses needed for each student.
  • If admitted, students must successfully complete required criteria set by the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, in addition to completing the university application process.  


Application for Provisional Accreditation Approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).