BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY

Take Your Respiratory Therapy Career to the Next Level

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If you have an associate degree and a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, you can build on your knowledge and experience with the region’s only online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program for working professionals.

You can earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 12 months, depending on whether you take classes full- or part-time. Our program at UM-Flint is designed to provide a natural transition from your associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree. It reflects a commitment by the respiratory therapy profession to increase entry-level standards to the bachelor’s degree level.

You’ll have opportunities to study advanced respiratory care in specialty areas such as critical care, disease management, and diagnostics. In addition, you’ll learn skills needed to gain employment as an advanced clinician, administrator, or educator.

The program helps prepare you to sit for a variety of credentials: Neonatal Pediatric Specialty (NPS), Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS), Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist Specialty (RPFT), and the Sleep Disorders Specialty (SDS). All are awarded by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Review the detailed Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy curriculum.

Admission

You can apply anytime since we accept applications throughout the year. You must meet the following requirements:

  • Associate degree in respiratory therapy from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, awarded by the National Board for Respiratory Care, or a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential and eligible for RRT. If you’re admitted with a CRT, you must advance to RRT before you take practicum and capstone courses.

You’re welcome to transfer credits to UM-Flint from your associate degree in respiratory therapy. You also can transfer general education credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Career Opportunities in Respiratory Therapy

Demand for respiratory therapists is expected to grow substantially because the aging of the American population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The number of jobs is projected to grow 23 percent by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s nearly three times the growth rate for all jobs.

About 10,100 openings for respiratory therapists will occur every year through 2030, the BLS says. The median salary for respiratory therapists is $62,810 annually.

More information about careers in respiratory therapy is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

23% projected respiratory therapists employment growth

Accreditation

The University of Michigan-Flint Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) Degree Advancement Program, #500006, in Flint, Michigan, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). 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), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s).

The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an “outcomes-based” process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
(817) 283-2835

Learn more about the Respiratory Therapy program’s accreditation.

Academic Advising for Respiratory Therapy Majors

Throughout your Respiratory Therapy program at UM-Flint, our academic advisors are available to answer your questions and help guide your progress. The dedicated academic advisor for the Respiratory Therapy program is Aubree Kraut. You can contact her at  arottier@umich.edu or (810) 424-5626.


Start Advancing Your Respiratory Therapy Career Today

Want to take your respiratory therapy career to the next level? Then apply to the University of Michigan-Flint’s Respiratory Therapy program today. If you need more information or have questions, contact Nicholas Prush, PhD, MHA, RRT, RRT-ACCS, the program director and clinical assistant professor. Phone: (734) 915-7504.