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Respiratory Care

Gain the in-demand skills you need to pursue or expand a rewarding career as a respiratory therapist. Help patients who suffer from breathing issues and chronic lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Respiratory Care from Thomas Edison State University (TESU). Our 120-credit online degree program will prepare you to work in various settings such as hospitals, outpatient programs and home care with patients from premature infants to the elderly. Limited to registered respiratory therapists possessing the required certification: NBRC RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist, you must present a copy of your original certificate and current renewal card for admission to the program. A total of 18 Area of Study credits must be from 300/400 level courses.

Degree Requirements Credits
The following courses are required for the BS degree with an area of study in Respiratory Care and can be fulfilled in either the General Education or Electives sections of the degree chart. 26
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra or above
  • Higher Level Math above College Algebra
  • Chemistry I with Lab
  • Chemistry II with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

Certification: NBRC RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist (copy of original certificate and current renewal card)

Required Courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pulmonary Function, Pharmacology, Respiratory Techniques (three courses), Pediatric Respiratory Care, Clinical Practice, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Current Trends and Applications

Corollary Requirements: Chemistry I and II, Physics I, Computer Requirement, Statistics, College Algebra

How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: The area of study is completed by the license.

Leverage Your Training

Have you earned acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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