RRT to BSRT Overview
This program is designed for graduates of an accredited entry-level respiratory therapy program with an AAS or AS with the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. This program is entirely online, allowing students to complete an advanced degree while working, including personal and family commitments.
There are 22 core requirements and 9 electives in the RRT to BSRT Curriculum. These courses can be taken in 3 consecutive semesters allowing the student to graduate in 1 year. Courses focus on leadership and management, research, education, advanced clinical skills, and disease management.
To provide professional respiratory therapists with additional skills and knowledge in order to meet current professional standards.
BS Respiratory Therapy Program Expected Student Learning Outcomes (ESLO)/PLOs
At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
- Provide comprehensive patient assessment and care using therapist-driven protocols and evidence-based medicine.
- Demonstrate understanding and application of AARC code of ethics and professionalism including patient rights and HIPPA confidentiality.
- Promote health and wellness through patient and family education and community outreach.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills when making patient bedside decisions.
- Use oral and written communication skills in collaboration with other members of the health care team.
Respiratory Therapy Program Minimum Expectations
The CoARC requires all Respiratory Care Degree Advancement programs have the same goal defining minimum expectations. As stated in “Accreditation Standards for Degree Advancement Programs in Respiratory Care,” (2023) on page 17:
- “To provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.”
CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.
Utah Tech is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, Utah Tech can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC.