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Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy

Why Earn Your Respiratyory Therapy Degree at Saint Leo University?

The online respiratory therapy program is uniquely suited for practicing respiratory therapists who are ready to pursue new career opportunities, enhance their practice, and advance the respiratory care profession.

By expanding the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills beyond those of the entry level registered respiratory therapist (RRT), our bachelor’s degree program enables respiratory therapists to meet current professional goals, and at the same time prepare for future roles in respiratory care.

Offered as a 2-year online respiratory therapy program, a degree from Saint Leo provides a more contemporary approach to respiratory care, incorporating broad exposure to best practices and current innovations. Infused throughout the curriculum, our Culture of Health framework prepares students to become respiratory therapists who are expert in their field and who understand the factors that impact clinician well-being and inter-professional communication. Our program ensures that students are better equipped with new skills in leadership, management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice, and excel with confidence as an advanced degree respiratory therapist.

Students who already have an earned associate degree in Respiratory Therapy are eligible to apply to the online respiratory therapy program. Through evaluation of the associate degree credits, students may earn 64 or more credits toward the B.S. degree. The online program provides a Bachelor of Science degree advancement for respiratory therapists who have completed an entry into respiratory care practice degree.

The online Respiratory Therapy program* is offered as a two-year bachelor of science degree program with students completing one or more eight-week online courses year-round (with holiday breaks). Transfer credits impact on program length. Students may also choose to take the program over a longer time-frame (generally three years) if desired.

The online respiratory therapy program is uniquely suited for practicing respiratory therapists who are ready to pursue new career opportunities, enhance their practice, and advance the respiratory care profession. Offered as a 2-year online respiratory therapy program, a degree from Saint Leo provides a more contemporary approach to respiratory care, incorporating broad exposure to best practices and current innovations.

Learning Experience:
Online
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours

Undergraduate Respiratory Therapy Program Details

The online bachelors in respiratory therapy is offered as a two-year bachelor of science degree program with students completing one or more eight-week online courses year-round (with holiday breaks). Transfer credits impact on program length. Students may also choose to take the program over a longer time-frame (generally three years) if desired.

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Online Experience

  • What are the benefits of earning your respiratory therapy degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

What skills you will learn?

  • Apply an analytical approach to clinical situations through application of biomedical and clinical sciences to patient care scenarios.
  • Apply professional attributes related to responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to diversity, and legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Apply interpersonal and inter-professional communication consistent with Saint Leo University core values that results in effective interaction with others and a person-centered focus.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with accessing, analyzing, and applying evidence-based research related to respiratory care.
  • Demonstrate leadership in respiratory therapy roles.
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  • How will you gain real experience?

    The online respiratory therapy bachelor's program includes content that extends prior learning positioning students for advanced practice and leadership roles. Individual courses may be taken for professional development.

What can you do with an undergraduate respiratory therapy degree?

The online respiratory therapy program is for registered respiratory therapists wishing to earn a bachelor's in respiratory therapy to enhance job choices, promotions, and leadership, and education positions.

What are the top respiratory therapy degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Respiratory Therapist 23% (Much faster than average) $62,810 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo respiratory therapy graduates now? 

Graduates work as respiratory therapists and managers and leaders in acute care facilities. Our online respiratory therapy program may provide additional opportunities for advancement.

College of Health Professions

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  • In Saint Leo University’s College of Health Professions, health-minded students can earn a degree that prepares them for a variety of roles in health care fields that impact the health and well-being of our communities. Students can choose from our selection of bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Health Education and Health Promotion. Taught by highly experienced faculty, these programs help prepare students to improve the health and wellness of those around them through a variety of in-demand and rewarding roles.

    Our innovative degree programs infuse a Culture of Health framework, emphasizing a holistic approach to patient care and a focus on the mental health of those working in the field. Through interdisciplinary coursework, students gain the flexibility they need to explore different degree programs within the health profession before choosing their career path. This allows students to find the area of study that best meets their professional goals.

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