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Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

If you are a Registered Respiratory Therapist looking to advance your career, SJVC’s online Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) can provide the education needed to help you move forward.

REAL-WORLD SKILLS
With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.
START YOUR PATH
Go from Associate Degree to Bachelors Degree in as few as 16 months.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPTIONS
Conveniently available online.
AFFORDABLE TUITION
Affordable tuition varies by program and location.
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The way SJVC set it up is there is one class every five weeks, and it makes it so easy, even for people who work full-time. It makes it so you can really focus on that one class and give it 100%.
Jessica M.
2017 Graduate Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

Ready to Do This? 

Find your path in Respiratory Therapy

Talk to an admissions advisor about your option and earn your Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy online in as few as 16 months.

What Will I Learn?

PROTOCOL BASED CRITICAL CARE
EDUCATION PRINCIPLE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
ADVANCED RESPIRATORY PRACTICE FOR THE CRITICAL CARE PATIENT
MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL

Career Opportunities

A respiratory therapist treats patients who have difficulty breathing. Respiratory therapists may care for individuals who have respiratory diseases, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer, or pneumonia. Their patients have a wide age range, from infants with lung development issues to seniors with breathing disorders. Additionally, respiratory therapists provide emergency care for individuals dealing with heart attacks or shock.
Common job duties of respiratory therapists include:1

  • Interview and examine patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Consult with physicians to develop patient treatment plans
  • Perform diagnostic tests, such as measuring lung capacity
  • Treat patients by using a variety of methods, including chest physiotherapy and aerosol medications
  • Monitor and record patients’ progress
  • Teach patients how to take medications and use equipment, such as ventilators

The online Respiratory Therapist bachelor’s program is designed for working Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) who have graduated from a CoARC or CAAHEP accredited associate degree program and are looking for career advancement opportunities in leadership, education, research, and critical care in the field of respiratory care.

Program Details

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Graduates of SJVC’s s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills for diverse audiences
  • Critically evaluate information from multiple sources for application in professional settings
  • Apply current research and data interpretation techniques to identify and evaluate solutions for emergent issues impacting the profession
  • Assess respiratory therapy role effectiveness as it applies to professional behavior and continuous quality and technological improvement
  • Utilize evidence-based practice to evaluate, interpret, and recommend appropriate therapeutic intervention

COST & FINANCIAL AID

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Advisor to discuss the costs of your chosen program and schedule an appointment with an experienced Financial Aid Officer. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

SJVC’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program is available online.

ACCREDITATION & APPROVALS

San Joaquin Valley College’s RN program is approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs, California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

https://www.wscuc.org/

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals
CALIFORNIA

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).

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Successful Grads

Ask one of our graduates about their SJVC experience and they’ll likely describe it as life-changing.

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Online Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science FAQ

How do I progress from an AS in Respiratory Therapy to a BSRT online?
SJVC’s online Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) is designed for Registered Respiratory Therapists looking to advance through additional education. The program can be completed entirely online.