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Respiratory Therapy Online

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Get the credentials you need to advance your career. The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy seeks to provide students with educational development in a variety of topics relevant to the professional, including patient education, ethics, disease management, nutrition, critical care monitoring, community health challenges and emergency preparedness. 

Program Goals

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program provides students with additional knowledge and skills in leadership, management, education, research or advanced practice. All this to help ensure students meet their professional goals, prepared for practice as advanced-degree respiratory therapists.

Curriculum Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy is an online degree completion program designed for licensed respiratory therapists seeking to earn their baccalaureate degree from Newberry College. Newberry Online courses are 7.5 weeks per subterm. Students can take a maximum of 15 credits per term (two subterms). 



Subterm 1

Online Orientation course (3 credits)

RES 310: Ethics and Professionalism (3 credits)

This course considers ethical theories and leadership applicable to the respiratory care practitioner using scholarly inquiry including case studies. Students will analyze ethical dilemmas in acute and chronic care. Students will discuss ethical and legal circumstances across the life span in diverse socioeconomic and cultural circumstances. Students will conduct a review of various leadership models and the application of the perspectives in respiratory care.


RES 312: Education Theory and Practice (3 credits)

This course will review the basic processes of education. Topics will include learning styles, developing objectives, teaching methods, questioning and problem-solving methods, characteristics and roles of the clinical instructor and the use of appropriate evaluation instruments.


Subterm 2

RES 314: Pharmacology in Disease Management for Respiratory Care (3 credits)

This course takes a disease management approach to patient care with an emphasis on the role of pharmacology in disease management. Content advances a basic understanding of the concepts and principles of pharmacology used in the treatment of the cardiopulmonary patient.



RES 321: Advanced Airway Management for Respiratory Care (3 credits)

This course will provide instruction of airway management to include artificial airways, intubation, and specialty gases.



Subterm 1

RES 330: Advanced Critical Care Monitoring (3 credits)

(co-requisite RES 321)

A study of advanced cardiopulmonary monitoring used in critical care. Emphasis will be placed on hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation, mechanical ventilation waveform graphic analysis, diagnostics lab values, imagining and capnography.


RES 331: Cardiopulmonary Nutritional Care (3 credits)

A review of the nutritional needs, fluids and electrolyte balances of the cardiopulmonary patient. Emphasis will be placed on the nutritional components associated with various pathophysiological states associated with acute and chronic needs.


Subterm 2

RES 333: Emergency and Disaster Management (3 credits)

 (prerequisite RES 321)

This course will discuss methods of emergency preparedness including public outreach and education as well as the development of emergency operational plans as they apply to the cardiopulmonary patient.



Subterm 1

RES 401: Advanced Pathophysiology in Critical Care (3 credits)

(prerequisite RES 321)

An in-depth review of adult disease processes affecting the body. Particular attention will be placed on the correlation of disease processes and the infectious processes as they affect the respiratory system.


RES 402: Community Health and Rehabilitation (3 credits)

This course focuses on determinants of health of individuals and the challenges faced by communities as they work to improve the health of their residents. The student will develop plans to maximize the use of community resources to address both acute and chronic respiratory conditions.



RES 403: Applied Disease Management (3 credits)

(prerequisite RES 330)

This course will present disease states and the management strategies associated. Students will review and analyzed effectiveness of therapist driven protocols. Utilizing assessment outcomes, students will develop protocols applicable to the disease process.



RES 410: Respiratory Therapy Capstone (3 credits)

(prerequisite RES 401 and RES 403)

Experience within a chosen area of focus area (pediatric care, neonatal, adult critical care, trauma, management, or education). This course is the culmination of the BSRT program. The successful capstone project is vested in a research effort that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of a tactic within the focus area. The intent is documented expansion of the body of knowledge within respiratory care.


TOTAL:  35 credit hours


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Alumni Experiences

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Centers
  • Acute Rehabilitation Centers
  • Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Neonatal Intensive Care

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