Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Completion Track

Program Director

Dr. Kelly L. Colwell 
(330) 941-2631

This 100% online program is designed to provide a focused advancement option that will bridge the depth and breadth of knowledge of the certified or registered respiratory therapist who has graduated from a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredited associate degree program to meet the clinical education, leadership and research needs of the respiratory care profession. The core curriculum builds on the existing foundation of knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Advanced cardiopulmonary disease management
  • Advanced clinical applications
  • Clinical research
  • Education
  • Interprofessional education (IPE)
  • leadership and technology related to the practice of respiratory care.

*Upon completion of the Required Core Upper Division Courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5, the student will be awarded up to 17 semester hours of upper division credit from their associate degree respiratory care courses and ALL of the respiratory care course credit earned from the applicant’s associate degree will be applied toward the 120 required SH with another 10SH of prior learning assessment (PLA) being assessed for current professional experience.


The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (CoARC #510019) at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio is provisionally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care(CoARC),  Current accreditation standing: CoARC granted Provisional accreditation for a maximum annual enrollment of up to 120 students..

Date of last campus visit: May 21, 2021

Date of next campus visit: To be determined

The curriculum assumes that a student entering into the Respiratory Care Completion Program has an unencumbered license.
The following block credit will be granted and posted on the student's transcripts after admission to the program15
ELCT 15XX Social Science
ELCT 15XX Social Science or Social and Personal Awareness
ELCT 15XX Social and Personal Awareness
ELCT 15XX Arts & Humanities
ELCT 15XX Natural Science
General Education Requirements (to be completed for BS degree)
STAT 2625Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning4
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
ENGL 1551Writing 2 13
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
CHEM 1520Allied Health Chemistry for Online Programs (Chem 1520 or equivilant (3SH))3
PSYC 3758Lifespan Development3
Associate Degree Respiratory Care Courses -Transfer Credit 245
Required Core Upper Division Courses (30 s.h.)
AHLT 3705Pharmacotherapeutics3
RESC 3765Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics3
AHLT 4806Research Methods3
AHLT 4820Directed Research3
RESC 4867Fundamentals of Leader Development3
RESC 4870Advanced Cardiopulmonary Case Management3
RESC 5880Advanced Management of the Ventilator Patient (* Can be taken for graduate credit)3
RESC 5860Technology Applications for Health and Human Services (* Can be taken for graduate credit)3
RESC 5820The Respiratory Care Profession (* Can be taken for graduate credit)3
AHLT 5840Comparative Health Systems (* Can be taken for graduate credit)3
Upper Division Electives (RESC 3700, 4800, 5800 level) Courses below are suggested12
Special Topics in Respiratory Care (*Required for CRT)
Sleep Diagnostics 1
Sleep Diagnostics 2
RESC 4801A
Total Semester Hours121

1.Certain general education courses, such as ENGL 1551, have prerequisites.  Normal prerequisite rules apply for students taking the General Education Completion Program.

2. Transfer credit hours are dependent upon course evaluation and are estimated at 41 hours based on a 60 hour Associates program.  Credit hours may vary depending on the institution where courses where taken and accreditation requirements.  

For more information, please visit the Distance Education website.

BSRC Degree advancement Learning outcomes

SLO-1: Demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge) domains the ability to evaluate, comprehend and apply information in order to match patient need with therapeutic intervention.

SLO-2: Demonstrate competence in the psychomotor (technical skills) Exhibit technical proficiency skills necessary to fulfill the role as an advanced level respiratory therapist. Including those of education and research attributes.

SLO-3: Demonstrate competence in the affective (behavior) Display professional behavior leadership and management attributes along with compassion consistent with employer expectations as an advanced level respiratory therapist.

SLO-4: Upon completion of the program graduates will be cognizant of cultural differences within diverse patient populations and have an awareness of how those differences may affect the delivery of healthcare and outcomes…