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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 is an online degree advancement program designed for licensed respiratory therapists. The program provides you with additional knowledge and skills in leadership, management, education, research, or advanced practice. All this helps ensure you meet your professional goals.

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Available Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Program Objectives

The program seeks to provide you 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.


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 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.


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 on airway management to include artificial airways, intubation, and specialty gases.


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.


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.


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 analyze 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.


You must fulfill the following requirements to be accepted to the Newberry College BSRT degree-completion program:

  • Completed a regionally accredited associate’s degree program in Respiratory Therapy with a 2.0 GPA or better
  • Passed the RRT Credential offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care
  • Active state license to practice Respiratory Therapy
  • Active membership in AARC
  • Active NBRC credential


Complete the Online Programs application for admission. Request a free credit evaluation by sending official transcripts from all academic institutions we will be considering for transfer credit. If you are accepted for admission, we’ll provide a free credit evaluation and Degree Completion Roadmap so you’ll know exactly where you stand now and what comes next. 

Work with your program advisor to review your transfer credit evaluation, using the Program Completion Roadmap to ensure you have the correct distribution of courses. You can record previously completed courses for which we’ve granted credit and plan the remainder of your course requirements. 

To graduate with Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree from Newberry College, you must complete 120 total credit hours, distributed as follows:

  • Online Liberal Arts Core (includes Online Orientation course) | 15 credit hours
  • Prerequisites | RRT Program or RRT-Eligible
  • Transfer Credit | 72 credit hours
  • Electives | Pre transfer credit evaluation
  • BSRT Competition Track Courses | 33 credit hours
  • Total | 120 credit hours

Prerequisite Courses

Prequisite courses for admission to the BSRT degree-completion program are considered fulfilled with the successful completion of a Registered Respiratory Therapist program or the student is RRT-eligible.

BSRT Tuition

Degree-Completion Courses

$395 per credit hour


BSRT Expenses 

Application fee – No fee to apply

Student Services fees – Included in your tuition

Course Resource fee – Included in your tuition

Testing fees – Included in your tuition

Books and Supplies – Varies by course requirements; approximately $100 -- $300 per course

Transcript fees (transferring schools) – Varies by institution, typically $20 - $30 per school


Financial Aid

You may be eligible for tuition assistance through the South Carolina Tuition Grant. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at

Newberry College school code: 003440

Apply for admission in three easy steps!

  1. Complete the Online Programs application for admission
  2. Send official transcripts from all academic institutions
  3. Send a copy of current respiratory therapy license


We're here to help! Our admission counselors are happy to answer questions and discuss financial aid and payment options. Call 1.800.845.4955 or email


BSRT Program Director: Dr. Jerry Alewine, Ed.D., RRT.  Call 803.321.3320 or email

Q: When can I apply to the program?

A: Our admission is rolling, meaning that applications are open throughout the year


Q: How many credits transfer?

A: 72 hours are transferrable and also offer 15 credit hours of life credit for licensure at no cost.


Q: What is the cost?

A: Credit hours are $395 per hour


Q: Cost of textbooks?

A: Textbooks are kept to a minimum. We utilize various online free textbook services.


Q: Why do I need COL 110?

A: COL 110 is a free course that prepares you for the online environment. It is a 3-credit class.


Q: How long is the program?

A: There are 33 credit hours of respiratory classes and potentially additional courses needed for graduation. Following the program as formatted you should complete in 12 months.

As a result of a statewide articulation agreement will all 7 AAS Respiratory programs in the state, students will be on target to graduate in three full semesters, 6 sub-term semesters. For example, is you start in August you will complete in August of the following year.


Q: What courses other than respiratory courses do I need to complete?

A: If not taken prior to enrollment, you will need religion.


Q: Do I need to be licensed?

A: Yes, but the temporary is acceptable until conversion to a permanent.


Q: What pre-requisites do I need to apply?

A: Graduation from a CoARC accredited program satisfies all pre-requisites.


Q: When does the program start?

A: There are two starts, Fall in August, and Spring in January


Q: Is the Newberry College BSRT program accredited by CoARC?

A: Bachelor programs that are not designed as pre-licensure programs do not require CoARC approval. The college is accredited by SACS-COC. This is the only required accreditation. However, the program is in the data collection process and will be seeking accreditation.


Q: Is this program eligible for financial aid?

A: Yes. You can apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA at You can also call 803.321.5127 or email to speak with our Financial Aid office.

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Career Possibilities

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgical Operating Room
  • Public Education
  • Outpatient Clinical Practice
  • Home Health Care
  • Sleep Laboratory
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
  • Long Term Care Case Manager
  • Emergency Transport
  • Newborn / Pediatric Unit Care
  • Skilled Nursing Facility


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