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Respiratory Therapy (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

Online RRT to BSRT will be available Spring 2019   |   Residential BSRT will be available Fall 2019

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Residential Program

Prepare for an exciting career in respiratory therapy where you can play an integral role in the healthcare profession. With the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) from Liberty University, you'll get hands-on learning as you participate in seminars, engage in lab experiences, and perform clinical training in hospitals.

Choose between two pathways to your degree. Get the residential BSRT if you are new to the field, or the online BSRT (Post-Licensure) if you are already a practicing respiratory therapist with a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Here, you’ll learn from experienced and credentialed faculty and train with therapists, physicians, and nurses as you get your degree. This will prepare you to collaborate professionally with all members of the healthcare profession.

In addition to your core courses in respiratory therapy, you’ll also participate in clinical education courses. These courses incorporate a clinical component that includes practical experience, allowing you to develop as a competent professional under the supervision of a preceptor.

Learn How To:

  • Analyze breath and blood specimens
  • Perform physical exams
  • Respond to Code Blue and other urgent calls
  • Help diagnose lung and breathing disorders
  • Manage ventilators and artificial airway devices
  • Provide inhalation medications
  • Administer therapeutic inhaled gases such as oxygen, nitric oxide, and helium
  • Educate patients and families about lung disease
  • Perform airway clearance therapy

Degree Options

B.S. in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

With our BSRT residential degree, you'll learn how to perform patient assessment, develop and monitor respiratory care plans, carry out disease management and rehabilitation, and serve as a physician extender other healthcare professionals.

Once you graduate, you’ll be eligible to take and pass the national board exams for certification, become registered as an advanced-level respiratory therapist, and take specialty exams in perinatal/pediatrics and pulmonary function technology.

B.S. in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT): Post Licensure

Enhance your current career with our BSRT: Post-Licensure online degree. Qualify for a promotion or for positions in this field that require a bachelor's degree, such as disease manager, case manager, clinical specialist, manager, or director.

Academics for Residential BSRT

Credit Hours

  • 89-92 hours total
  • 66 hours of core classes

Program of Study (DCP)

  • Respiratory Therapy (B.S.) DCP will be available Fall 2019

Courses You Could Take

  • Respiratory Care Equipment & Techniques (RESP 302)
  • Neonatal Respiratory Care (RESP 320)
  • Pediatric Respiratory Care (RESP 321)
  • Respiratory Pharmacology (RESP 324)
  • Critical Respiratory Care (RESP 400)
  • Pulmonary Disease Management (RESP 408)

Admissions Requirements for Residential BSRT

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    Selection Process (Entry to Practice)

    The residential Respiratory Therapy program is both competitive and selective. You'll go through two application processes following the pre-professional phase of the program.

    Initial acceptance will occur following the Freshman Spring semester. Full acceptance will occur after the Sophomore Fall semester. If you transfer to Liberty or change your major, your initial acceptance will be determined by the program director; while full acceptance is determined by the RT Program Admission Committee.


    Students must meet the following criteria:

    • Be in good academic standing with the university
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Complete the provisional application form
    • Provide a copy of all collegiate transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are accepted from Liberty University
    • Provide a medical history form signed by a physician. The form shall include an endorsement by the physician stating that the student is physically able to meet the requirements of the program (See Essential Functions and Professional Expectations)
    • Meet the Essential Functions for admission into the program
    • Provide a copy of vaccination records, which must include up-to-date: rubella, tetanus, mumps, polio, chicken pox, and HBV vaccinations
    • Successfully interview with RT Admissions Committee


    Initial acceptance will only occur after final grades for the freshman Spring semester have been confirmed by the Registrar’s office. Due by April 15 to the RT Program Director

    Full acceptance will be considered following our receipt of your final grades for the sophomore year.

Career Opportunities

  • Respiratory Therapist:
    • Generalist
    • Neonatal/Pediatrics
    • Adult Critical Care
    • Transport
    • Pulmonary Function Testing
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Pulmonary/Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Homecare
  • Case Manager
  • Disease Manager
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Director


Liberty University is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, Liberty University can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC. This would be in addition to Liberty University’s full regional accreditation.


Brian K. Walsh
Center for Natural Sciences, T07

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