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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 career training to help you move forward.

SJVC Online Respiratory Therapy Student


With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.


Go from Associate Degree to Bachelors Degree in as few as 16 months.


Conveniently available online.


Affordable tuition varies by program and location.
SJVC Online Respiratory Therapy BS Program Details

Program Details


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


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.


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


Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

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

State Approvals

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 (

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What Will I Learn?





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Find your path in Respiratory Therapy

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

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

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.

SJVC Online Respiratory Therapy BS Career Opportunities

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Online Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science FAQ

Can you become a respiratory therapist online?
Registered Respiratory Therapists can pursue additional education and earn a bachelor’s degree online to help advance their career as a respiratory therapist. To become a respiratory therapist from scratch however, you will need to complete clinicals in respiratory care for the hands-on experience needed for credentialing and entry-level work. At SJVC, our online Respiratory Therapy program offers an online pathway to turning your work experience and associate degree into a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.
How to become a respiratory therapist online?
SJVC offers a Respiratory Therapy online program to help current RRTs with an associate-level education pursue a bachelor’s degree.
What is the best school for respiratory therapy?
The best school for your respiratory therapy education is whichever one best fits your needs, your future and your life. If you have an associate degree and you are currently credentialed and licensed, you may be looking for respiratory therapist online programs to help you move ahead in your career. At SJVC, we can help you move from an associate degree to a bachelor’s in as few as 16 months with our fully online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program.