Respiratory Care

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Degree Advancement (RRT to BSRC) Program

What Does It Look Like to Study Respiratory Care at Concordia?

Make a greater impact and expand your advancement opportunities with the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Degree Advancement (RRT to BSRC) Program. The fully online 16-month program equips registered respiratory therapists with the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders within the field.

Through small class sizes, individualized attention from professors and comprehensive courses, students will expand their knowledge and skill set.

Program Overview

The RRT to BSRC Program is catered to registered respiratory therapists who have (a) earned either an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and (b) hold the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential in Respiratory Care/Respiratory Therapy. The fully online program enables students to earn their bachelor’s degree in just 16 months (four consecutive semesters), and the flexible format allows students to learn from anywhere and work while earning their degree.

The program offers rigorous coursework, challenging students to grow deeper in their knowledge of Respiratory Care and expand their skills. The program also prepares students for extra credentialing exams. Furthermore, Concordia's Respiratory Care program emphasizes the development of leadership and management skills, which grants students access to leading roles in the field.

Admission Requirements Program Sheet

Curriculum Overview

The RRT to BSRC Program at CTX equips registered respiratory therapists with additional knowledge, skills and attributes in leadership, management, education, research and advanced clinical skills. Graduates will be ready for meaningful work as leading respiratory therapists and new opportunities for advancement in the industry.

Students accepted into the program who hold the RRT credential are awarded 40 credit hours. They complete the required Concordia University Texas General Education courses and 11 Respiratory Care courses.

As a program within the College of Health Sciences, students have the opportunity to learn with professionals in respiratory care and other healthcare disciplines. This program is designed to facilitate interprofessional education and prepare respiratory care professionals for advanced practice through a variety of collaborative courses.

Here are some highlighted courses:

Leadership & Communication for Health Professionals: The course focuses on professional written and oral communication practiced within respiratory care, and students will cover current techniques used in healthcare leadership.

Community Health & Outpatient Services in Respiratory Care: Students review theories, procedures and equipment applicable to the delivery of respiratory therapy provided in outpatient settings, including community health, long-term care and rehabilitation.

Adult Critical Care Management: This course covers advanced cardiopulmonary monitoring, equipment and clinical application used with adult critical care patients.

For the final Capstone course, students complete a project in problem solving and communication related to an area of healthcare they choose, allowing them to personalize their degree.

Program Benefits

  • Acquire deeper knowledge of respiratory care
  • Small class sizes allow for individualized attention
  • Fast completion through flexible online courses
  • Develop leadership and management skills to access advancement opportunities
  • Prepare to work with various healthcare professionals
  • Prepare for extra credentialing exams

Career Outcomes

  • Adult Critical Care Specialist
  • Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist
  • Higher Education and Research
  • Management and Leadership
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist
  • Pulmonary Disease Educator
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist

Mission, Goal & Learning Outcomes


The mission of the Concordia University Texas Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Degree Advancement (RRT to BSRC) Program is to develop quality Christian leaders within the profession of respiratory care through an integrated educational framework that promotes lifelong learning and supports the professional goals of the individual student. The program is dedicated and committed to meeting the needs of a diverse healthcare community by providing students with the knowledge, skills and attributes in leadership, management, education, research and advanced clinical practice, preparing them for lives of service and as leaders in the profession.


The goal of the CTX RRT to BSRC Program is to provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills and attributes in leadership, management, education, research and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

Learning Outcomes

The RRT to BSRC Program consists of six student learning outcomes (SLOs):

  1. Writing in the Profession: Students will demonstrate effective professional written and oral communication skills.
  2. Oral Communication/Consultative Function/Knowledge: Students will deliver a consultative presentation with recommendations that reflect the knowledge gained through courses within this program.
  3. Critical Inquiry/Evidence-Based Medicine: Students will demonstrate an ability to access, interpret and critically appraise relevant literature related to clinical practice, management, education and/or research associated with the profession.
  4. Teamwork/Interprofessional Cooperation: Students will demonstrate collaboration in interprofessional teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. Ethical Leadership: Students will demonstrate effectively the ability to lead a group of professionals in an ethical manner, promoting patient advocacy.
  6. Teaching Patients & Healthcare Professionals: Students will demonstrate the ability to educate patients, their families and healthcare professionals.

SLOs will be assessed with the use of faculty-assigned rubric ratings of conceptual and critical thinking demonstrated by selected course-based student work products.


What is respiratory care?

Respiratory care refers to the area of healthcare that involves the function of the cardiopulmonary system. Respiratory therapists manage everything involved with breathing, the airway and circulation.

The responsibilities of a respiratory care professional encompass a wide variety of functions:

  • Intubate patients
  • Administer respiratory care modalities
  • Manage tracheostomies
  • Write and deliver medication
  • Manage life support
  • Resuscitate patients
  • Manage chest tubes
  • Conduct punctures (venipunctures, arterial sticks, femoral sticks, radial and brachial punctures, PICC lines)
  • Manage ECMO machine
  • Manage gasses

What is respiratory care?

  • Meaningful work of providing critical care
  • Work with full range of patients, from premature infants to geriatric patients
  • Work across variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, clinics, higher education, etc.)
  • Strong job growth

Why study Respiratory Care at Concordia?

As a Christ-centered university, the RRT to BSRC Program at CTX focuses on developing Christian leaders who are equipped with the advanced knowledge and skills they need to excel in the meaningful work of respiratory care. With individualized attention from experienced professors, you will be prepared to advance within your career and make an even greater impact serving others.

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