Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions

Respiratory Therapy: Online BS Degree Completion (RRTs Only)

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*Offered Online
Format: Online

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.

The Respiratory Therapy program offers a Career Ladder Online Degree Completion Program for those already registered as respiratory therapists (RRTs) to obtain their undergraduate degree. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program qualifies graduates for career advancement into leadership roles within their healthcare organization.

The Respiratory Therapy program has adopted the Career Ladder Model as the basis for accepting RRTs into the baccalaureate degree completion program. Registered respiratory therapists may advance their education while minimizing duplication of knowledge and skills. Students who transfer college credit to Georgia Southern University are required to complete a total of 130 credit hours for the degree, with a minimum of 33 of those credits earned in Georgia Southern’s Respiratory Therapy program.

Students who have achieved college credit at or above the associate degree, 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.

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For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Last updated: 3/2/2020

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Dept # 4901
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419