Focus Your Specialty and Expand Your Career

The area’s only bachelor’s program of its kind, the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) at UM-Flint is uniquely designed to fit the busy lives of working licensed respiratory therapists. With all courses offered online, the BSRT prepares you to expand and advance your career as a valued member and leader of a healthcare team dedicated to quality patient care and outcomes.  

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission are accepted throughout the year for the following semester. (Application deadlines are posted on the UM-Flint website). Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from a CoARC accredited institution.
     
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, awarded by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) or Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) who is RRT eligible. Students admitted with CRT must matriculate to RRT prior to attending the practicum and capstone courses.
     
  • Documentation demonstrating certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association. This certification must remain current throughout the program and must be completed prior to clinical practicum. 
     


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Transfer Coursework

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Courses

A. General Education (see catalog)
           
B. Health Care Foundations (19-22 credits)                                                                                  

AGE 350 - Health and Aging (3)
HCR 300 - Health Care in the United States (3)
HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care (3)
HCR 376 - Health Care Administration (3)
HCR 379 - Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
MTH 090 - Intermediate Algebra (3) with a grade of C (2.0) or better
Placement into MTH 111 or higher.

PHS 347 - Public Health Statistics (4)

C. Respiratory Therapy Core (31 credits)

RSP 315 - Leadership and Professionalism in Respiratory Care (3)
RSP 320 - Management Practices for Respiratory Care (3)
RSP 330 - Patient Education/Disease Management (3)
RSP 335 - Research in Respiratory Care (3)
RSP 340 - Quality Systems and Health Outcomes (3)
RSP 400 - Advanced Adult Critical Care (3)
RSP 405 - Advanced Neonatal/Pediatric Care (3)
RSP 410 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (3)
RSP 420 - Advanced Clinical Practicum (2)
Completed in one of the following areas:
                Adult advanced clinical care
                Advanced neonatal/pediatric care
                Cardiopulmonary diagnostics clinical practice

RSP 430 - Professional Specialty Practicum (2)
RSP 435 - Respiratory Capstone (3)

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits

Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

Respiratory therapy is a growing field in the area of healthcare. The respiratory therapist is a health care professional who specializes in the application of scientific knowledge in providing and supporting the cardiopulmonary requirements for a wide variety of patients that include newborn infants, children, adults and the elderly. Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician to assess, manage, treat, educate and care for patients with a wide range of cardiopulmonary disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF). The respiratory therapist works in a collaborative fashion with other health care providers to restore the cardiopulmonary health of the patient, in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies.

The BS program in Respiratory Therapy is designed to provide a natural transition from an Associate’s degree to a Baccalaureate level degree and reflects a commitment by the respiratory therapy profession to increase entry-level standards to the Baccalaureate level. The BSRT at the University of Michigan-Flint allows therapists the opportunity to study advanced respiratory care in specialty areas such as critical care, disease management, and diagnostics.  Additionally, graduates can obtain employment as advanced clinicians, administrators and educators. The program helps prepared students to sit for the Neonatal Pediatric Specialty (NPS) credential, Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS) credential, Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist Specialty (RPFT) credential, and Sleep Disorders Specialty (SDS) credential, all awarded by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

The program offers coursework online and affords practicing respiratory therapists the opportunity to complete coursework while working full-time. The 50-53 credit hour program can be completed in seven semesters (27 months) part-time which includes didactic coursework, two practica, and a capstone project.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) program is to provide graduates of entry level respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission are accepted throughout the year for the following semester. (Application deadlines are posted on the UM-Flint website). Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from a CoARC accredited institution.
  2. Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, awarded by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) or Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) who is RRT eligible. Students admitted with CRT must matriculate to RRT prior to attending the practicum and capstone courses.
  3. Documentation demonstrating certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association. This certification must remain current throughout the program and must be completed prior to clinical practicum.  

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer in credits from the Associate degree in respiratory therapy. In addition, students may transfer general education credits from an accredited institution.

 

Requirements


A total of 124 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits taken at UM-Flint, maintaining a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

The program is designed for part-time enrollment but may be elected full-time. The Program Director will help each student develop a learning plan to meet individual needs.

A. General Education Requirements


First Year Experiences (3-4 credits)


Waived with 25 or more transfer credits:

  • UNV 100 - First Year Experience (3-4).

Critical Writing and Reading (3 credits)


One from:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).
  • EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work (3).

Humanities (6 credits)


  • Three additional credits satisfied by major requirements.
  • One from:

  • PHL 162 - Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • PHL 168 - Philosophy of Bioethics (3)

Social Sciences (6 credits)


  • Three additional credits satisifed by major requirements.
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology (3)

Global Studies (3 credits)


  • Selected by student

Fine Arts (3 credits)


  • Selected by student

Health and Well Being (3 credits)


  • Three credits satisfied by major requirements.

Finance and Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)


  • Selected by student

Natural Sciences (3-4 credits)


  • Selected by student, including a laboratory course

Technology (3 credits)


  • Selected by student

Capstone


  • Three credits satisfied by major requirements.

B. Health Care Foundations (19-22 credits)


  • AGE 350 - Health and Aging (3)
  • HCR 300 - Health Care in the United States (3)
  • HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care (3)
  • HCR 376 - Health Care Administration (3).
  • HCR 379 - Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
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  • MTH 090 - Intermediate Algebra (3). with a grade of C (2.0) or better
  • Placement into MTH 111 or higher.

  • PHS 347 - Public Health Statistics (4).

Respiratory Therapy Core (31 credits)


  • RSP 315 - Leadership and Professionalism in Respiratory Care (3).
  • RSP 320 - Management Practices for Respiratory Care (3).
  • RSP 330 - Patient Education/Disease Management (3).
  • RSP 335 - Research in Respiratory Care (3).
  • RSP 340 - Quality Systems and Health Outcomes (3).
  • RSP 400 - Advanced Adult Critical Care (3).
  • RSP 405 - Advanced Neonatal/Pediatric Care (3).
  • RSP 410 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (3).
  • RSP 420 - Advanced Clinical Practicum (2).
  • Completed in one of the following areas:

    • Adult advanced clinical care
    • Advanced neonatal/pediatric care
    • Cardiopulmonary diagnostics clinical practice
  • RSP 430 - Professional Specialty Practicum (2).
  • RSP 435 - Respiratory Capstone (3).
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  • Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits



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A Unique Program with Strong Features

Flexibility and Convenience

The online BSRT format allows you to complete coursework on your schedule, from the convenience of your home or office. Our unique MFLEX distance-learning format enables you to interface with physical classes lead by instructors, in real time, for an interactive learning experience. Select courses are also available on-campus, for those seeking a traditional classroom experience.

Interactive Learning

Join a small, supportive cohort of fellow professionals focused on finishing their degrees and improving patient care. Small class sizes allow for more one-on-one interaction with dedicated faculty who bring working experience to the curriculum.

Finish At Your Pace

BSRT program offers full- and part-time enrollment to accommodate your schedule as well as goals. Students who attend the program full-time may graduate in as little as seven semesters (27 months).

Specialized Expertise

Broaden your career opportunities and pursue an area of care that interests you. The BSRT enables you to advance your knowledge of respiratory care in specialized areas that include:

  • Adult critical care
  • Neonatal/pediatric care
  • Cardiopulmonary care
  • Sleep disorders
  • Strong Professional Relationships

BSRT students benefit from UM-Flint’s strong professional relationships with the area’s leading healthcare organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to complete your specialized practicum (clinical) experiences at one of these organizations who actively hire UM-Flint graduates.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the BSRT program are well prepared to advance their careers in their current healthcare organizations, move into leadership and management roles, share their knowledge as academic or clinical educators, engage in evidence-based research, as well as explore opportunities in quality assurance, case management, and public health.