Unique. Relevant. Rewarding.


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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Program 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.

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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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The Bachelor of Science Degree Advancement Program in Respiratory Care at the University of Michigan – Flint, located in Flint, MI, CoARC #500006, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). 

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit. 


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

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.