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RRT to Bachelor Science Respiratory Care

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program is a cooperative effort between the Marshall University College of Health Professions and St. Mary’s School of Nursing and Health Professions.

The School of Respiratory Care offers the RTT to BSRC program for a registered respiratory therapist who has an associate degree and wishes to earn a baccalaureate degree in Respiratory Care. The Respiratory Care coursework may be completed in two semesters of full-time study or extended for part-time study. Part-time study is recommended for Respiratory Therapists who are working full time. Applications for the RRT to BSRC program are processed on a semester basis.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission the applicant must:

  1. Be a graduate of a nationally accredited diploma or associate degree respiratory care program.
  2. Meet the general admission requirements of Marshall University.
  3. Have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all college work.
  4. Have successfully passed a background check and drug screen.

Program Requirement

All Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists will be awarded a minimum of 40 hours of lower-division respiratory care credit upon successful completion of 12 credits of upper-level respiratory care courses. Prior to entering the program, a student must hold a valid unencumbered respiratory therapy licenses.

All RRT to BSRC students are required to meet Marshall University’s general education curriculum. Information about the general education requirements is available at In addition, RRT to BSRC students must complete a minimum of 120 undergraduate credit hours.

See below for numerical representation of program requirements:

120 credits (minimum required to graduate)
- 40 credits (respiratory care credits for RRT credential)
80 credits remaining
- 28 credits RRT to BSRC respiratory courses (see below)
52 general education and program required credits remaining*

*General education and program required credits may be fulfilled by coursework from associate degrees or other college work. Transcripts will be evaluated upon admission to the university to determine if previous coursework meets the Marshall University general education requirements.

Marshall University’s General Education Requirements:

  • ENG 101- English Composition I (3 hours)
  • ENG 102 or 201-English Composition II (3 hours)
  • Communication (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • Humanities Elective (3 hours)
  • Math (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Social Science (3 hours)
  • Writing Intensive Courses (6 hours)
  • Critical Thinking (3 hours)
  • Multicultural/International (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3)

School for Respiratory Care’s Preferred Support Courses (NOT REQUIRED):

  • BSC 227 - Human Anatomy (lab required) (3-4 hours)
  • BSC 228 - Human Physiology (lab required) (3-4 hours)
  • BSC 250 - Microbiology (lab required) (3-4 hours)
  • CHM 203 - General Chemistry (3 hours)
  • MTH 121 - Concepts and Applications (3 hours)
  • PSY 201 - General Psychology (3 hours)
  • SOC 200 - Intro to Sociology (3 hours)

Respiratory Care Specific Courses:

  • RSP 301 - Intro Resp Mgmnt (3 hours)
  • RSP 303 - Clin Resp Education (Writing Intensive) (3 hours)
  • RSP 304 - Adv. Neo/Peds (Writing Intensive) (3 hours)
  • RSP 306 - Resp. Performance Improvement (3 hours)
  • RSP 307 - Adv. Critical Care (4 hours)
  • RSP 401 - Intro Sleep Disorders (4 hours)
  • RSP 403 - Resp. Research (Writing Intensive) (3 hours)
  • RSP 420 - Resp. Capstone (5 hours)

Students receive Marshall University credit for all courses in the program. Graduates of the cooperative program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care from Marshall University.