Online Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science Degree

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Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

Respiratory Therapists are in a fast-growing career: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow “faster than the average for all occupations” at 21% from 2018-2028.¹

In this growing field, current Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) with an A.S. Degree are considering returning to school to earn their Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. Why? According to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), an advanced degree may qualify a Respiratory Therapist for a future managerial, educator or researcher role.²

If you are a Registered Respiratory Therapist looking to advance in your field, San Joaquin Valley College’s Online Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) can provide the education needed to help you move forward.

Benefits of SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy B.S. Degree program:

  • Sequenced for work-life balance
  • Offered online
  • Complete in as few as 15 months

The RRT to BSRT online program is designed for working Registered Respiratory Therapists 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.

What makes SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy B.S. Degree program different?

Our student-designed capstone research project allows each student to identify a specialty and produce a proposal and then design a research project associated with that respiratory therapy area of interest. Additional core coursework assignments feed into the student’s project that culminates with evidence of their accomplishments in a portfolio that can be shared with current and future employers.

What can I do with a Respiratory Therapy B.S. Degree?

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

  1. Articulate various current professional and clinical roles and potential expanded roles related to the respiratory therapy profession including describing professional behavior, monitoring the quality of respiratory care outcomes and listing changes in technology.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of critical care pathophysiology to interpret pertinent clinical information and make recommendations for appropriate therapeutic intervention.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to access, interpret, and critically appraise relevant medical and other authoritative literature related to clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession and potentially affect positive change within your department.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science Degree Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Care, awarded by a regionally or nationally accredited institution with a CoARC- or CAAHEP-accredited program
  2. Successful completion of a minimum of 70.0 units of lower-division courses (may include lower division respiratory care coursework)
  3. Hold an active credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), and current unencumbered licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) in California or in the state of current employment

How to Enroll in SJVC’s Online Respiratory Therapy Bachelor Program

If you’re ready to advance your career, contact SJVC today by requesting more information or calling 855-667-9557. You can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in approximately 15 months with the convenience and flexibility of going to school online. Refer to our FAQ page if you have any questions about earning your degree online.



Online Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science Degree Program Details

Accreditation and Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

Questions or requests to review documents pertaining to accreditation should be directed to:

Crystal G. VanderTuig, Accreditation Liaison Officer
San Joaquin Valley College
3828 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 734-9000

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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