Respiratory Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion program at Cardinal Stritch University is an online program designed for registered respiratory therapists who want to advance their education and provide the possibility of enhanced opportunities for job choices, promotions, as well as leadership and education positions. This program was developed in response to the American Association for Respiratory Care, which recommends respiratory therapists to seek education at the baccalaureate level.  The BS-RT Completion curriculum will enhance a student’s current skill set, critical thinking, and autonomy potential and support achievement of program learning outcomes.  A transfer agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System allows for transfer of 70 credits from Associate Degree programs. Contact an admissions counselor to find out how to become more competitive in the job market and aspire to leadership and education positions.

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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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Additional Information

Why Enroll in the BS-RT Completion Program at Stritch?

This program is offered in a convenient online format in order to meet the needs of working students, allowing students to maintain a full-time job while earning their bachelor's degree. Courses are designed in an accelerated six-week format allowing the average student to complete the degree in approximately two years.


  • Maintain your full time work schedule while earning your bachelors degree
  • 100% online course format with accelerated six week courses allowing most students to complete in two years
  • Created with the needs of the working respiratory therapist in mind
  • No additional clinical time required
  • Articulation agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System ensure seamless transition and transfer of all A.A.S. degree coursework

Curriculum and Expected Learning Outcomes


  • SEM 103: Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr.)
  • RESP 311: Advanced Concepts in Mechanical Ventilation (3 cr.)
  • RESP 301: Advanced Concepts in Respiratory Disease (3 cr.)
  • RESP 441: Respiratory Care Research (4 cr.)
  • RESP 306: Advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring and Assessment (3 cr.)
  • RESP 321: Leadership in Respiratory Therapy (3 cr.)
  • RESP 411: Respiratory Therapist as an Educator (3 cr.)
  • RESP 421: Emergency and Critical Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (3 cr.)
  • RESP 451: Respiratory Therapy Capstone (4 cr.)
(Only RESP 451 requires a prerequisite)

BS-RT Completion Program Learning Outcomes

  • Incorporate the Franciscan tradition into interactions in the academic and clinical settings and in professional relationships.
  • Base the planning and provision of care on research and evidence-based practice principles.
  • Abide by legal, ethical, and professional respiratory care practice standards as defined by the AARC's Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the student's state licensing body.
  • Apply a systematic process to meet the respiratory care needs of patients.
  • Collaborates and utilizes communication theory (in written, verbal, nonverbal, and electronic forms) to meet the health needs of patients in professional respiratory therapy practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership by influencing others to perform to the best of their ability and to improve the delivery of care.
  • Protect the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of the patient.
  • Treat patients and others with sensitivity to diversity in culture, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and healthcare beliefs and practices without judgment and without discrimination.
  • Analyze theories, concepts, assumptions, ideas, inferences, arguments and conclusions that influence health and healthcare.
  • Assist the patient and family to navigate the healthcare experience to maximize health outcomes.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements

Prior Education
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all respiratory therapy and non-respiratory therapy course work

Professional Credential and Competency
  • Attainment of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • Current respiratory care license in your state of residence and/or employment

Admissions Application and Transcripts

Complete the Admissions Application
  • Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.
Request Transcripts
  • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
  • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
Information for International Students
  • If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

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