*located on the Armstrong Campus
As a respiratory therapist, your work will focus on assessing, treating and managing patients with acute or chronic heart and lung illnesses, as well as diagnosing and preventing cardiopulmonary disease. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, and will give you the training and hands-on skills to achieve the highest professional credentials available in respiratory therapy.
Graduates are eligible for two credentials after graduation, and would be eligible for three board sub-specialist certifications after significant experience and training under medical direction.
B.S. Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy – Traditional Program
Format: On campus at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 130
Georgia Southern University’s Respiratory Therapy degree program offers a traditional program track for students with no medical backgrounds, as well as an Online Career Ladder Program for current respiratory therapists who want to earn their degree online while working.
B.S. Degree in Respiratory Therapy – Online Career Ladder Program
Credit Hours: 130
Note: There are no on-campus requirements. All students establish a preceptor/mentor at their home hospital/clinic to facilitate project completion for courses within the Online Degree Completion program.
For registered respiratory therapists, Georgia Southern offers an option to advance your education while minimizing duplicated knowledge and skills through the Online Career Ladder Program. Students who have achieved college credit at or above the associate degree level, and the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential will be eligible to interview for the Career Ladder Online Degree Completion program. Candidates should have:
- an earned certificate or associate degree in respiratory therapy
- RRT credentials
- completion of all baccalaureate core courses
- a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5
- have completed a professional portfolio
- Military respiratory therapists will receive special consideration
State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of professionals may not indicate eligibility for certification/licensure in your state. Please consult the appropriate certification/licensure office in your state before enrolling in our program to confirm that your completion of this program will meet your state requirements.
Professional License Disclosure
The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Respiratory Therapy.
The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this online academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for Respiratory Therapist/Respiratory Care Practitioner license or certificate, click to check the requirements of your state or territory.
Careers in Respiratory Therapy
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program qualifies you for jobs and career advancement into leadership roles within healthcare organizations, including:
- Pulmonary medicine
- Physician offices
- Hospice care
- Nursing care facilities
- Long-term acute-care facilities
- Home healthcare services
In some hospitals, respiratory therapists perform tasks that fall outside their traditional role, such as:
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Smoking cessation counseling
- Asthma and cystic fibrosis education
- Disease prevention
- Case management