A new credit
transfer agreement between Cardinal Stritch University and the Wisconsin Technical
College System will allow system graduates with associate degrees in
respiratory therapy the ability to continue their studies in Stritch’s new Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
Completion Program, which is the first to be offered in Wisconsin.
Students earning a
Respiratory Therapist A.A.S. degree from a Wisconsin Technical College System
school as of May 1999 may transfer up to 70 credits toward the B.S. in
Respiratory Therapy at Stritch. Stritch’s new program will allow existing
respiratory therapists an opportunity to advance their careers by completing a
bachelor’s degree. The program will be offered online and is designed to take
two years to complete, with an anticipated start date of fall 2014.
degree programs in respiratory therapy can be found across the state, Stritch
will be the first institution of higher education in Wisconsin to offer a
bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy completion program, which will fill a
critical need across the state.
A recent study
conducted by the American Association for Respiratory Care reiterated that the
current healthcare environment requires more skills than ever before. The
volume of knowledge and skills that a respiratory therapy student must learn
increases yearly, yet the amount of hours in the classroom, lab and clinical
settings are limited at the associate degree level.
complexity of healthcare and federal regulation changes has resulted in the
need for more respiratory therapists to be prepared at the baccalaureate level,”
said Dr. Kelly Dries, dean of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing. “We are
excited that this new relationship with Wisconsin’s technical colleges will
allow their respiratory therapy graduates to meet the growing needs of the
healthcare community. We are proud to give practicing respiratory therapists
the first opportunity for advancement beyond an associate degree within
“This is yet another
fantastic collaboration with Cardinal Stritch University,” said Morna Foy,
president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. “This agreement provides
real value for our students and is employer-driven, the hallmark of all of our
The online format of
the program will allow students great flexibility to further their education
while maintaining their work schedule. Based upon need, separate online and
face-to-face versions of the program may be implemented in the future.
This credit transfer
agreement is based upon Wisconsin Technical College System curricula beginning
in 1997 to the present. For students who earned degrees with a pre-1997
curriculum, every effort will be made to maximize credit transfer, applying
standard transfer policies. A minimum of 120 credits is required for Bachelor
of Science degree completion.