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Residential Respiratory Therapy 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.


The B.S. in Respiratory Therapy degree is offered through the Department of Allied Health Professions.


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: Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

Credit Hours

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

Program of Study (DCP)

Respiratory Therapy (B.S.) DCP


Admission Requirements

View Liberty’s undergraduate admissions requirements

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

B.S. in Respiratory Therapy – Click to View

Career Opportunities as a 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


The B.S. Degree Entry into Respiratory Therapy Practice, CoARC program number 200640, B.S. in Respiratory Therapy, in Lynchburg, Virginia, program holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).


This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit, to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

P. O. Box 54876

Hurst, Texas 76054-4876

(817) 283-2835


Brian K. Walsh
Center for Natural Sciences, T07