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Respiratory Therapy Completion

Advance your education and potential career opportunities at Stritch. The BS-RT Completion curriculum will enhance your current skill set, critical thinking and autonomy potential, while supporting achievement of program learning outcomes.

Program Overview

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 seek education at the baccalaureate level. The BS-RT Completion curriculum will enhance your current skill set, critical thinking, and autonomy potential while supporting 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.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Core Curriculum


  • Freshman Seminar 103:  Stritch Seminar
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy: PL 200 The Human Conversation


  • Personal Branding Communication: CA 108  Personal Branding
  • Writing for the 21st Century: EN 102 Research Writing
  • Quantitative Problem Solving: MT 120 Applied Statistics
  • Language and Culture: SPN 110 Spanish Language and Culture


  • Narrative of Identity:  PL 102 Bioethics
  • Science, Environment & Culture:  BL111  Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Social Tensions:  PL 190  Life Span Human Development
  • The American Dream (choose one): 
    • INTDS 240,  Social Movements 
    • INTDS 241 African American History & Experience
    • INTDS 242 The American Experience of Religion
  • Approving the Better Things (choose one): 
    • INTDS 250  Catch That Sound 
    • INTDS 251 Creativity Constructed: Galleries and Stages  
    • INTDS 252 Social Change through Storytelling

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.

Application Information

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.
Respiratory Therapy Online

BS-RT Completion Program at Stritch

This program is offered in a convenient online format in order to meet the needs of working students.

  • Maintain your full time work schedule while earning your bachelor's 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
RT Completion

Job Opportunities

Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Earning your bachelor's degree opens the door to management roles and increased job flexibility as some facilities are moving to require a bachelor's degree when hiring. RTs with a bachelor's degree to earn at least $3,000 more per year in the therapist role.

Interested in this program?

Fill out the inquiry form for more information. 


For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.