Make a Difference in Someone’s Life with a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
Do you enjoy helping people in their time of need? How about studying science and math? If you are looking for a career in which you can make a difference in someone’s life, while serving God, then perhaps a career in Respiratory Therapy would be right for you!
Our Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree provides you with the opportunity to work in a field where you play an integral role in the healthcare profession. A career as a respiratory therapist involves the assessment and treatment of patients who have a dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system.
At Liberty University, you’ll learn from experienced and credentialed faculty as you train with therapists, physicians, and nurses in the completion of your degree. Through your experiences, you will have the chance to network and collaborate with a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals. Additionally, you’ll get hands-on learning as you take part in seminars, lab experiences, and perform clinical training in hospitals.
If you are already a practicing respiratory therapist with a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, then you should pursue Liberty’s BSRT: Post-Licensure online degree.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy?
Liberty University’s BSRT will not only help you pursue opportunities for promotion and higher compensation but keep you up-to-date with current practices and trends that will help you meet broader challenges in the field. All of our courses are taught from a Christian worldview and provide many opportunities for hands-on training to further your understanding of everything you learn in the classroom.
After graduation, you’ll be eligible to take the national board exams for certification, become registered as a respiratory therapist, and take specialty exams in perinatal/ pediatrics and pulmonary function technology.
One of the best parts of this degree is that you will participate in clinical education courses that allow you to develop as a competent professional under the supervision of a preceptor. This practical application is the key to retaining information and training and using the specialized skills you gain in our degree in the field.
What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree?
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.
Here are just some of the tasks you’ll be able to do after you complete this program:
- 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
A great deal of time is given to making you feel confident in educating patients and families about lung disease and how they can learn to live with it. By the time you are done with this program, you will be equipped to enter your profession as a respiratory therapist.
For more information, view the Degree Completion Plan for this program.
RESP 302 – Respiratory Care Equipment and Techniques
Study and clinical application of respiratory care equipment utilized in the hospital setting.
RESP 320 – Neonatal Respiratory Care
Theories, procedures, and equipment applicable to the delivery of respiratory therapy in neonatal care.
RESP 324 – Respiratory Pharmacology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Introduces the physiologic and pharmacologic basis of cardiopulmonary medications.
- Preparation, calculation of dosages, mixtures and general principles of pharmacology covered followed by an in-depth.
RESP 408 – Pulmonary Disease Management
- Study of etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of common pulmonary disease and conditions.
Highlights of Our Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree Program
- Our equipment availability allows students to be on the cutting edge of technology, which will increase opportunities for internships, and job placements.
- Compared to like-sized universities, we have superior facilities.
- Labs are associated with almost every course, giving you hands-on experience in the classroom.
- Classes and labs are taught by faculty, meaning our best professors are personally teaching you.
Study Respiratory Therapy at Liberty University!
Our Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree Information
Career Opportunities That May Be Available to You As a Respiratory Therapist
- Adult Critical Care
- Case Manager
- Clinical Specialist
- Disease Manager
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Pulmonary/Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Sleep Medicine
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.
Admission Requirements for Residential BSRT
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 only occur after final grades for the freshman Spring semester are confirmed by the Registrar’s office. Due by April 15 to the RT Program Director. Full acceptance is considered following our receipt of your final grades for the sophomore year.
For more detailed information on the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy residential program, please see our BSRT Handbook.
Information and Forms Needed After Acceptance into the BSRT Program
The following are forms and information that are vital to your acceptance into and continuation of the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Application Form (Current LU Students Only)
- If you are accepted into the Respiratory Therapy program and have an LU account, please use this link to the application. https://www.liberty.edu/RTApplication
Forms that need to be uploaded with application:
- CastleBranch Background Check (Click here to begin your background check and immunization processing)
- Background Check Agreement (Verifies that your background check will be free of any felonies.)
- Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy Student Handbook
- Handbook Acknowledgement Form (Please sign and return to the Director of Clinical Education to verify that you have read and understood the rules outlined in the BSRT Student Handbook.)
Other Forms Needed for the BSRT Program
- Bloodborne Pathogen Form (Gives consent to contact and has certain waivers pertaining to the BSRT program.)
- Informed Consent (States that you consent to treatment by fellow students and/or faculty)
- CoARC Agreement (States that you will complete mandatory CoARC accreditation forms both during and after program attendance/ graduation.)
- NBRC RRT Agreement (Acknowledges that you will sit and pass the NBRC’s RRT credential before July 1 of your graduation year.)