Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion

The Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion program at Cardinal Stritch University is designed for registered respiratory therapists who want to advance their education and provide the possibility of enhanced opportunities for job choices, promotions, as well as leadership and education positions. This program was developed in response to the American Association for Respiratory Care, which recommends respiratory therapists to seek education at the baccalaureate level. This degree completion program will enhance a student's current skill set, critical thinking, and autonomy potential.

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Program Format


The program is offered in an online format that meets working students' needs, allowing them to maintain a full-time job while earning their bachelor's degree. Courses are designed in an accelerated six-week format allowing students to complete the degree in approximately two years.

Due to the completely online format, no additional clinical time is required within the program. However, additional clinical time can be arranged with the Respiratory Therapy faculty if desired.

Courses are Available

  • Online

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Partnerships and Transfer Credit


Cardinal Stritch University in partnership with the Wisconsin Technical College System has established an Articulation Agreement to ensure a seamless transition and transfer of all A.A.S. degree coursework. Through this agreement students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree at Stritch after earning an Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy at any of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

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Application Requirements

  • Attainment of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all respiratory therapy and non-respiratory therapy coursework
  • Current respiratory care license in student's state of residence and/or employment
  • Admissions Application: Complete the admissions application online

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