Invest in Your Career with an Advanced Degree
Accelerated Online Respiratory Therapy Completion Program for CRTs and RRTs
- 100% online — no campus visits required
- Earn your degree in as few as 20 months
- Robust curriculum focused on advancing respiratory therapy practice and research
- Transfer credits from CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy schools
- Among the Top 200 National Universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
- Selected by The Princeton Review: The Best 379 Colleges (2015)
- Partnered with colleges across the nation to make your transition seamless
- Program includes the Kettering RRT Home Study for CRTs
- RRT exam reimbursement provided for CRTs
Why Earn Your Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy?
The goal of UC’s bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy is to help prepare working Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs) and Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) for management opportunities, graduate school and advanced clinical practice. We place a special emphasis on research methods and analysis to provide a strong foundation for professional advancement. Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies are seeking respiratory therapists who can hit the ground running to diagnose respiratory disorders, leveraging the latest technologies and implementing aggressive treatment plans.
About the UC Online Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy
UC has gained a notable reputation for its expert faculty, research, quality curriculum, program accreditations and competitive tuition.
- Top 200 National Universities (U.S. News & World Report college rankings, 2015)
- The Princeton Review: The Best 379 Colleges (2015)
- In the top 200 of more than 2,500 universities ranked worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities)
- Top 15 underrated gems (College Match)
- Top 50 research libraries (Association of Research Libraries)
- 11th largest endowment of 569 institutions surveyed (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- PolicyMic, a millennial generation news site, ranked UC as top in the nation for giving students the "Best Bang for Their Buck" (2013)
The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This accrediting body is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Everything You Need to Know
The job outlook for graduates of a respiratory therapy program is positive due to changes in the industry and corresponding health factors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for RTs was $57,790 in May 2015, with the top 10% earning more than $75,430.
Much of the career growth is due to increased incidence of respiratory conditions among our aging population. Treatment of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and other disorders will demand the services of respiratory therapists in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies.
A Changing Industry
An article in RT Magazine points to a movement toward home care for patients with chronic lung conditions. This will require more highly skilled RTs who understand the science and business of home-based respiratory care, including disease management, documentation, patient education and caregiver training. These respiratory therapists must also have the technical knowledge to set up, maintain and troubleshoot equipment in the patient’s home.
A Growing Need
It is not just an elderly or home-bound population that is seeing an increased need for respiratory care. In fact, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates that there are 12 million U.S. patients suffering with undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
That figure is in addition to the 12 million who have already been diagnosed with COPD, and it does not include other respiratory diseases like asthma, which are exacerbated by smoking, air pollution, ozone levels and indoor air quality. While air quality has improved over recent decades, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to identify it as a public health risk.
Considering these trends and statistics, investing in your future with a bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy can help enhance your ability to compete in an industry that is evolving to meet changing demands.Read More
Challenges and Opportunities of a Changing Industry
Graduating from an advanced respiratory therapy program can prepare you for increased career satisfaction and opportunity. Much of the growth being experienced within the respiratory therapy field is due to changes in our population, as Americans from the baby boomer generation get older. This reality is also coupled with the danger of poor air quality in communities around the world.
The Future of Respiratory Therapy
Treatment of COPD, emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and other disorders — including the annual flu epidemic — will continue to demand the services of respiratory therapists in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. Respiratory therapists held about 120,700 jobs in 2014. Some of the settings where RTs work include:
- Hospital intensive care units
- Emergency transport vehicles
- Pulmonary function labs
- Patient education venues
- Community outreach agencies
Characteristics of Successful RTs
The best and most successful respiratory therapists are empathetic individuals who truly care about others. They are patient-centric professionals with excellent communication and technology skills. Top RTs are also creative thinkers and efficient multitaskers. If you are someone who exhibits these traits, pursuing your bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Cincinnati can help position you at the leading edge of opportunity.
- Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 12% from 2014-2024
- The median annual wage for RTs was $57,790 in May 2015
- The top 10% earn more than $80,440
The University of Cincinnati Respiratory Therapy program is designed to build on your associate-level respiratory care skills along an accelerated timeline. It is possible for you to earn your degree in as few as 20 months (5 semesters) of part-time online study. A choice of fall, spring and summer start dates further adds to the program’s flexibility.
This program has been developed in conjunction with UC library staff to also enhance student writing, course design and academic support. Curriculum includes:
(28 credit hours)
- RSTH 3001 Ethics in Respiratory Therapy
- RSTH 3004 Community Health Problems and Practices
- RSTH 3002 Healthcare Documentation & Communication
- RSTH 3010 Integration of Delivery of Respiratory Therapy
- RSTH 3065 Caregiving in the Respiratory Therapy Professions
- RSTH 3040 Management in Respiratory Therapy
- RSTH 3050 Aging and Respiratory Therapy
- RSTH 3080 Disease Management/Patient Education
- RSTH 4060 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy Research
(22 credit hours)
- RSTH 4001 Research Methods and Analysis
- RSTH 4050 Advanced RT/Leadership & Project Management
- RSTH 4070 Special RT Internship [Clinical Observation]
- RSTH 5001 Respiratory Therapy Capstone
The faculty and staff of the University of Cincinnati online Respiratory Therapy program are experienced health care practitioners who remain active in the respiratory care community. They are also accomplished academicians who are passionate about innovative instructional design, robust course development and respiratory therapy research.
Dr. Shane Keene
Dr. Shane Keene developed this accelerated 100% online bachelor’s completion program specifically for working RTs. Dr. Keene previously worked as a respiratory therapy manager, a respiratory therapy director, an associate professor, a respiratory therapy program manager, and as an assistant chair, before becoming program director for the BS in Respiratory Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to his professional career, Dr. Keene serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care, and serves on the board of directors for the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education. He is also a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, National Board for Respiratory Care and several other respiratory therapy organizations. He has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and presentations, several grants, and multiple program and faculty awards.
Dr. Keene’s expertise is evident in every course in UC’s Respiratory Therapy program, and he is committed to providing an excellent, accelerated experience to every one of his students.
Mark Washam recently joined the University of Cincinnati as an adjunct professor. He brings nearly 30 years of academic and professional experience spanning RT and nursing to the program.
Mr. Washam has experience as a director of clinical support services at Cincinnati Burns Hospital, a project manager for clinical information services, family nurse practitioner, respiratory therapy manager, technician and instructor. Mr. Washam has delivered nearly two dozen presentations, has been published multiple times, holds more than a dozen professional credentials/certifications, and is a member of 10 different associations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Association for Respiratory Care.
He also is also an active researcher, currently interested in burn-injured patients with inhalation injuries, as well as the use of animals in clinical settings for distraction and normalization. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Washam volunteers with RT bachelor's program development, at homeless clinics, with the Boy Scouts of America and with therapeutic dog training.Read More
Eligible applicants to the University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy must:
- Hold an associate degree from a CoARC-accredited respiratory care/respiratory therapy program at a regionally accredited institution.
- Be credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) -Or- Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) who is RRT eligible
The University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program has established partnerships with several community colleges. These partnerships are designed to provide students with a seamless transition into UC’s respiratory therapy bachelor’s degree completion program. Partner schools are located in Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.Read More
Q: If I am a CRT when I enter the program, can the program help me financially to obtain my RRT credential?
A: Yes, once you have completed one full semester (3 courses) and have a program GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may email the program director to request the assistance. The program will pay for the Kettering RRT Home Study and will have it mailed to the address of your choosing. Additionally, once you have had ample opportunity to study we will reimburse you for both parts of the exam one time (pass or fail) as long as they are not scheduled to be taken on the same day. Just simply scan your proof of payment and send it to the program director as an email attachment.
Are there any courses that I may be exempt from if I have obtained specialty credentials?
A: Yes. There is one course, Special Respiratory Therapy Internship (3 credits). You may email the program director if you have at least 70 credit hours transferring in from your associate degree and have minimally one of the following active specialty credentials: NBRC’s or its affiliates’ specialty exams (NPS, CPFT, RPFT, SDS, ACCS, RPSGT or AE-C). Students will submit a 5 page paper in APA format with a minimum of 5 references with the topic "Specialty Credentials Improve Professional Practice". Once the credential has been verified and the paper has been graded by the program director, the office of Prior Learning Assessment will access the work and charge the student a $180 processing fee, and you will then be awarded 3 credits.
Q: Is the program designed for working adults?
A: Yes, the curriculum was designed for working adults to finish their degree while still maintaining full-time employment.
Q: Is the program 100% online?
A: Yes, there are no face-to-face program requirements and you never have to travel to campus. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and your coursework can be completed anywhere.Read More
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