Why UM-Flint

ONLINE OPTIONS

Build on your knowledge and experience with the region's only online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) program for working professionals with an associates degree and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. With full- and part-time options, your University of Michigan BSRT can be completed in as little as 12 months.

CUSTOMIZED CURRICULUM

Pursue a specialized area of care that interests you, including adult critical care, neonatal/pediatric care, cardiopulmonary care, and sleep disorders. You will have the option to complete 40 hours of a clinical practicum experience in your area of care at a leading healthcare organization.

MICHIGAN DIFFERENCE

You will learn in a small cohort of fellow professionals, allowing you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. This structure also allows for more one-on-one interaction with expert U-M faculty who can offer guidance on how to take advantage of your expanded career opportunities as a manager, educator, researcher, and valued member of a healthcare team.

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Degree Path

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).

Transfer Credits

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

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Admission

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 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 taking practicum and capstone courses.

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Transfer Credits

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

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Accreditation

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.

Program Mission

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

Program Goals

Provide students with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in:

  • Leadership
  • Management 
  • Education
  • Research
  • Advanced Clinical Practice (Adult, Neonatal/Pediatric, Diagnostics)
  • Professional Development

Enhance the ability of students to gain additional credentials:

  • Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS)
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist (NPS)
  • Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS)
  • Entry-Level Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT)
  • Advanced Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)
  • Asthma Education Certification (AE-C)

Promote participation in professional organizations:

  • American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
  • Student’s State Society
  • Michigan Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC)
  • American Lung Association (ALA)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)

Ensure students will:

  • Communicate effectively using oral and written communication skills.
  • Understand the importance of continued professional development.
  • Enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Develop an understanding and have an appreciation toward social and cultural diversity.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

The expected student learning outcomes (ESLO’s) describe what the student is able to do, achieve, demonstrate, or know upon completion of the program. “Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree Advancement program from the University of Michigan – Flint, students will...

Student Learning Outcomes (ESLO)

ESLO #1 Demonstrate knowledge in advanced respiratory critical care.

Introduce and Develop: RSP 400, RSP 405, RSP 410 Master: RSP 420 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in RSP 400, RSP 405, & RSP 410 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher 
  • Successful completion of RSP 420 

ESLO #2 Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

Introduce: RSP 400, RSP 405, and RSP 410 Develop: RSP 315, RSP 330, RSP 340 Master: RSP 435 Capstone 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Creation of a capstone projection
  • Successful defense of the capstone project. 

ESLO #3 Have developed the knowledge and skills needed to support the respiratory therapist's expanded scope of practice expected of a baccalaureate-level respiratory therapist such as leadership, management, education, homecare, outpatient clinics, disease management, etc. 

Introduce: RSP 400, RSP 405, RSP 410 Develop: RSP 315, RSP 320, RSP 330, RSP 340, HCR 376, HCR 379 Master: RSP 430 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in RSP 315, 320, 330, 340 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher 
  • Successful completion of RSP 430

ESLO #4 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve, interpret, and critically appraise literature as relevant, authoritative, and applicable to clinical and professional practice. 

Introduce: RSP 400, RSP 405, RSP 410 Develop: PHS 347, RSP 315, RSP 330, RSP 340 Master: RSP 335 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in PHS 347 with a passing score 
  • Completion of RSP 330, RSP 340, RSP 315 
  • Successful completion of RSP 335 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher 

ESLO #5 Have developed an original project or research proposal related to clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession. 

Introduce: HCR 300, RSP 400, RSP 405, RSP 410, HCR 376, HCR 379 Develop: PHS 347, RSP 335, RSP 330, RSP 340 Master: RSP 435 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in PHS 347 with a passing score
  • Completion of RSP 330, RSP 340, and RSP 315 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher 
  • Successful completion of RSP 435 capstone project and defense. 

ESLO #6 Demonstrate the ability to think critically and solve complex problems. 

Introduce: HCR 300, RSP 400, RSP 405, RSP 410, Develop: HCR 304, PHS 347, RSP 335, RSP 315 Master: RSP 435 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in HCR 304 and PHS 347 with a passing score
  • Completion of RSP 315 and RSP 335 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher 
  • Successful completion of RSP 435 capstone project and defense.

ESLO #7 Recognize the changing face of healthcare and situate the respiratory therapist within the evolving healthcare economy. 

Introduce: HCR 300, HCR 376, HCR 379 Develop: RSP 320, RSP 330, RSP 340 Master: RSP 435 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in HCR 304 and PHS 347 with a passing score
  • Completion of RSP 320, RSP 330, and RSP 340 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher 
  • Successful completion of RSP 435 capstone project and defense.

ESLO #8 Model empathic behavior and possess an understanding and appreciation of social and cultural diversity.

Introduce: RSP 400, RSP 405 

Develop: AGE 350, HCR 304, HCR 379, RSP 315, RSP 330 Master: RSP 420, RSP 430, and RSP 435 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in AGE 350, HCR 304 and HCR 379 with a passing score
  • Completion of RSP 315 and RSP 330 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher
  • Successful completion of RSP 420, RSP 430, and RSP 435 capstone project and defense.

ESLO #9 Recognize the role for quality assessment and demonstrate ability to perform and analyze results of quality data. 

Introduce: RSP 400, RSP 405, RSP 410, HCR 300 Develop and Master: RSP 340 

The direct measure for this student learning outcome is 

  • Completion of coursework in RSP 400, 405, 410, and HCR 300 with a passing score
  • Completion of RSP 340 with 80% of students achieving a grade of B- (80%) or higher

Updated: 9/5/18 Filename: BSRT Program Effectiveness Data