Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

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Goal and Focus

The UNC Charlotte BSRT Program provides graduates of first-professional degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for future professional practice expectations as respiratory therapists.

The Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Therapy degree enhances the student’s professional career in Respiratory Therapy with additional education in leadership, research, education, and critical care. This program is a 2+2 program meaning that individuals are admitted to the University with an associate degree and they complete the last two years of the bachelor degree online through this program.

The focus of the program of study is to increase the depth and breadth of knowledge of the basic Associate degree education; improve the ability of the students to communicate in written and oral formats as well as use software and web-based communications; used in clinical administration; and develop an appreciation of how to access and evaluate clinical evidence-based care.

CoARC Program Outcomes

"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.”

.UNC Charlotte BSRT program (CoARC #500001) has been approved for provisional accreditation services from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

CoARC Program Outcomes


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Student Learning Objectives

  • Leadership as a Respiratory Therapy Professional - Students will articulate various current professional and clinical roles and potential expanded roles related to the respiratory therapy profession including describing professional behavior, reviewing the history of respiratory therapy, monitoring the quality of respiratory care and listing changes in technology and knowledge base.
  • Critical Care Knowledge - Students will demonstrate knowledge in critical care pathophysiology in order to interpret pertinent clinical information to make recommendations for appropriate therapeutic intervention.
  • Oral and Written Communication - Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Literature Assessment and Evidence Based Medicine - Students will demonstrate the ability to access, interpret, and critically appraise relevant medical and other authoritative literature related to clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession.
  • Project Management - Students will develop an original project or research proposal related to clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession.
  • Interprofessional Teamwork to Provide Patient-Centered Care - Students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex clinical situations while serving as a member of an inter-professional team; taking into consideration the viewpoints of all members of the team with the focus on patient-centered care.
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The emphasis of the curriculum is to enhance and advance the student's professional career in respiratory therapy with additional education in leadership, research and evaluation, and advanced critical care.  Students seeking admission into this program will already be board-certified practicing Respiratory Therapists.  The program culminates in a capstone experience that is developed around the students' specific professional interest area.  The curriculum offers specific professional course work in advanced critical care, patient education, advanced pharmacology, program administration, evidence-based practice, and clinical outcomes evaluation. 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program, you must meet the following minimum admission eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a current unencumbered license in North Carolina or in the state of current employment
  • Hold an active Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the NBRC
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better from your associate degree program that is a CoARC accredited associate respiratory therapy program within a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn at least a C in all coursework taken by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which application is made
  • Students applying in the last year of their associate program must have an RRT and license at the start of classes

Submit the following two (2) applications to apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Admission to UNC Charlotte is independent of admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Admission decisions are communicated in writing by the Department. Applicants who are denied may reapply.

Step 1: Apply for admission to UNC Charlotte as a transfer student.

Please Note:

  • You will need to have official transcripts sent to the UNC Charlotte Admissions Office in order to complete the institutional application process.
  • The Undergraduate Admissions Office will waive the high school transcript requirement for Distance Education applicants IF the applicant has already earned a two year or four year degree at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Only one set of your official transcripts is needed. Submit them with the University online application in order to be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
    • The Respiratory Therapy department will obtain a copy of your transcripts internally from the University Admissions Office.

Step 2: Apply to the Department of Kinesiology by completing an online application.

As part of this application, submit the following items to the address below or by fax to 704-687-0930 attention Respiratory Therapy Program.

  • A photocopy of your registered respiratory therapist credential certificate or card
  • A photocopy of your respiratory care license with expiration date
  • A current basic life support or basic CPR certification

Respiratory Therapy Program
Department of Kinesiology
Belk Gym 245
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that if you have not been enrolled for 12 consecutive months after the semester last attended at UNC Charlotte, you will need to apply for readmission to the University through the Office of the Registrar.

Admission decisions are communicated in writing by the Department.  Applicants who are denied may reapply.

Prerequisites for Participation in the Clinical Practicum (RESP 4111)

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks.  Students in a professional program may be asked by a clinical facility to undergo drug testing and/or have a criminal background check before being allowed to participate in a clinical experience at that facility.  Students are responsible for the cost of drug testing and criminal background checks.  All BSRT students must meet the University's immunization and health status requirements.

Academic Contacts

Academic Department

Kim Clark
Clinical Assistant Professor
Interim BSRT Program Coordinator | 704-687-0706

Distance Education

Stephannie Miles | Senior Program Manager

Suggested Program Course Sequence

Students can complete the program in 2 or 3 years.  The course of study can be found below.

BSRT Plan of Study

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for financial aid under the same guidelines/regulations as students admitted to on-campus programs. Please check the Financial Aid website for more information.

Student Services and Resources

Students have full access to the Atkins Library on the UNC Charlotte campus, including its electronic databases, through the Internet and on campus visits. A Distance Education librarian is available for consultation via toll-free phone, fax and email.

Access to Technology and Technical Assistance

In order to participate in this distance education program, students will need personal, extended and convenient access to a computer and the Internet. High speed Internet access is highly recommended. Information regarding specific hardware and software requirements will be provided by the Office of Distance Education. Students will be provided technical assistance that can be accessed via the Internet or through a special toll-free telephone number.

RESP Course Listing & Descriptions

RESP 3101.  Leadership and Professionalism in Respiratory Therapy. (3)  Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program.  An introduction to the history, trends, issues, and evolution of the respiratory therapy profession.  Topics include:  an overview of selected respiratory theories and an analysis of the professional environment for the current and future practice of respiratory care.  Topics and emphasis may vary. The student will develop a personal professional portfolio as part of the course.  (Fall)

RESP 3102. Outpatient Services in Respiratory Therapy. (3) Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program. An introduction to the history, trends, issues, and evolution of the outpatient services and reimbursement and the respiratory therapy profession.  Topics include:  select respiratory care theories and practices in alternate-care sites including pulmonary diagnostics, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, sub-acute care. Topics and emphasis may vary. (Fall)

RESP 3103. Role of Pharmacology in Disease Management. (3) Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program. This course takes a disease management approach to patient care with an emphasis on the role of pharmacology in disease management. It builds upon a basic understanding of the concepts and principles of pharmacology as applied in the respiratory therapy in the management of patient with cardiopulmonary disease and critical care. (Fall)

RESP 3204. Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology. (3) Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program. Advanced physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.  A study of respiratory physiology, cardiac and circulatory function with relevant clinical application of concepts in cell biology,  regulation and function of the cardiovascular system, gas exchange and transport, breathing regulation, and respiratory insufficiency. (Spring, On demand)

RESP 3105. Advanced Critical Care Monitoring. (3) Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program. A study of advanced cardiopulmonary monitoring used with critical care patients.  Topics include:  hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation,  mechanical ventilator waveform graphic analysis, and capnography. (Fall)

RESP 4101. Health Outcomes and Quality Assessment. (3)  Prerequisite: Completion of RESP 3101.   Evidence-based methods and techniques to design, implement, and evaluate healthcare quality control/improvement initiatives, and patient and population education programs. (Spring)

RESP 4102. Department Management in the HealthCare Environment. (3) (O)  Prerequisite:  Completion of RESP 3101.  Administration, financial, human resource, legal, and policy concepts and issues in outpatient, inpatient, public, and private sector settings.  Topics and emphases may vary.  (Fall)

RESP 4103. Evidence-Based Practice in Respiratory Care. (3) (W)  Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program. An introduction to the concept of evidence-based practice and an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to be able to incorporate evidence and best practices into professional work. These include an understanding of research methods and the approach to critical appraisal of research literature. This is a Writing Intensive course with emphasis on written professional communication.  (Fall, On demand)

RESP 4105. Patient Education and Disease Management for the Respiratory Therapist. (3) Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program.  A review of the pathophysiology of common chronic cardiopulmonary diseases.  Develop an understanding of evidenced-based disease management principles.  Understand how to develop and implement disease management and patient education programs in the in-patient and out-patient setting. (Spring)

RESP 4106. Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care Pathophysiology. (3). Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program.  A review of fetal development and circulation related to acute and chronic neonatal disease.  A survey of neonatal and pediatric disease processes which affect tissues, organs, and body as a whole.  Special emphasis is placed on the etiology of critical illness and a systems oriented approach to diagnosis and treatment in the neonatal and pediatric critical care settings.(Fall)

RESP 4204. Adult Critical Care Pathophysiology.  (3) Prerequisite: Admittance into RT program. Completion of RESP 3204. A survey of the adult disease processes which affect the tissues, organs or body as a whole.  Special emphasis is placed on the etiology of critical illness and a systems oriented approach to diagnosis and treatment in the critical care setting. (Fall)

RESP 4111. Respiratory Therapy Capstone. (9)(W)  Prerequisites:  RESP 4101, RESP 4102 and RESP 4103.   Experiences in a chosen focus area (clinical, administrative, or population-based).  It culminates with a capstone project in the form of research, or other scholarly activity that articulates the design, organization, statistics and data analysis used and includes an oral and written presentation of the project. (Spring)