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Clear Air.

From pediatrics through gerontological care, respiratory therapy is vital to the lives of a diverse range of patients around the world and to the healthcare industry as a whole.

  • Learn with flexible 100% online courses
  • Network with active healthcare professionals
  • Become a leader and prepare for your future
  • Earn your degree in as few as 20 months

Clear Path.

Earning your degree from UC facilitates the advancement of your clinical competence and understanding, allowing you to develop your unique place within the world of healthcare.

  • Learn with flexible 100% online courses
  • Network with active healthcare professionals
  • Become a leader and prepare for your future
  • Earn your degree in as few as 20 months

Clear Future.

The online bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy can prepare you for what comes next, whether it's graduate school, career specialization, or advancement and leadership opportunities.

  • Learn with flexible 100% online courses
  • Network with active healthcare professionals
  • Become a leader and prepare for your future
  • Earn your degree in as few as 20 months



The University of Cincinnati is ranked one of the “Top 200 Public Universities” by U.S. News & World Report Read More »


UC is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Read More »


Clear Air. Clear Path.
Clear Future.

The online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy is designed not only to improve clinical skills, but also to provide working respiratory therapists with a deeper understanding of advanced healthcare operations, logistics, technology, leadership, ethics, and project management. Featuring a robust curriculum focused on progressing respiratory therapy practice and research, the program develops clinicians who can make significant contributions to the field while positively affecting the future of respiratory care for a diverse range of patients.

20 Months 100% Online

Program Information

The online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Sciences provides an advanced and accessible next step for working respiratory therapists. Featuring a curriculum focused on improving clinical practice competency and cultivating leadership potential, the program integrates the scientific principles, community awareness, and critical thinking skills needed to build a lasting career in healthcare.


Building on associate-level respiratory care skills, the online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy prepares students for management opportunities, graduate school, and advanced clinical practice. Special emphasis on research methods and analysis provides a strong foundation for all types of advancement. The unique curriculum has been developed in conjunction with UC library staff to enhance student writing, course design, and academic support. The program can be completed 100% online in as few as 20 months (5 semesters) of part-time study.

Respiratory Therapy Core
Respiratory Therapy Advanced Courses
Respiratory Therapy Core Credits
RSTH 3001 Ethics in Respiratory Therapy 3
RSTH 3004 Community Health Problems and Practices 3
RSTH 3002 Healthcare Documentation & Communication 3
RSTH 3010 Integration of Delivery of Respiratory Therapy 3
RSTH 3065 Caregiving in the Respiratory Therapy Professions 3
RSTH 3040 Management in Respiratory Therapy 3
RSTH 3050 Aging and Respiratory Therapy 3
RSTH 3080 Disease Management/Patient Education 3
RSTH 4060 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy Research 4
Respiratory Therapy Advanced Courses Credits
RSTH 4001 Research Methods and Analysis 9
RSTH 4050 Advanced RT/Leadership & Project Management 4
RSTH 4070 Specialty Observation 3
RSTH 5001 Respiratory Therapy Capstone 6

Course Descriptions

RSTH 3001 Ethics of Respiratory Therapy

This interdisciplinary course considers ethical theories and principles applicable to the allied health professions with a focus on Respiratory Therapy. Using scholarly inquiry, including case studies, students will analyze ethical dilemmas that may occur in their professional roles as respiratory specialists. Students will address ethical and legal issues in diverse socioeconomic and cultural situations.

Community Health Problems and Practices

This course focuses on determinants of the health of individuals and the challenges faced by communities as they work to improve the health of their residents. The student will develop plans to maximize the use of community resources to address both acute and chronic respiratory conditions.

Healthcare Documentation and Communication

This course is designed to improve writing competence as a healthcare leader, clinician, or educator. Focus will be on the construction, evaluation, and organization of written communication in the healthcare setting with an emphasis on Respiratory Therapy. Topics will include written medical documentation; article and proposal writing, using APA style for citations and references; patient education materials, etc. Students will also review the basics of clear communication, both written and oral.

Integration of Delivery of Respiratory Therapy

The course provides students with an overview of how the healthcare system works in the United States. Specifically, the focus of the course is the role of the respiratory therapist within the healthcare system. The differences between public and private healthcare insurance will be evaluated throughout the course. Students will gain insight into healthcare from both a clinical and management aspect. The course will provide the student with the tools to function more efficiently as part of an integrated healthcare team.

Caregiving in the Respiratory Therapy Professions

This course will develop expertise in the science and art of caregiving from the perspective of the healthcare professional. Students will study age-specific care issues, culturally specific caregiving, compassion fatigue, family interaction and family-centered care, and death and dying. Caregiving issues directly related to patients with respiratory disease will be emphasized.

Management in Respiratory Therapy

This course will focus on the basics of healthcare management, including budgeting and financial management, data management, managing in clinical settings, and resource utilization. Respiratory Therapy students will learn how to assess healthcare information systems and database management systems.

Aging and Respiratory Therapy

This course provides Respiratory Therapy students with an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gerontology. Topics include theories of aging, health and illness in later life, diversity and aging, and bio-psycho/social and spiritual aspects of growing old. Respiratory therapy content includes the biology of aging on lung function and working with older patients with multiple impairments.

Disease Management/Patient Education

Students in this course will learn to communicate with patients regarding their disease state. By developing a detailed knowledge of respiratory disease and treatment options, future practitioners will be prepared to counsel and advise patients on how to deal with their disease through the use of diet, exercise, medication regimes, etc.

Introduction to Respiratory Therapy Research

Respiratory Therapy students in this course will learn to develop skills needed to conduct basic research in healthcare settings. Topics include development of a research construct. Students will learn to develop and narrow a research topic by demographic and variables. In addition, students will learn how to search for peer-reviewed sources and develop literature reviews. Students will learn about populations and sampling, and the importance of institutional review boards when conducting research.

Research Methods and Analysis

Students will review basic statistical models and inference applied to problems in healthcare, with an emphasis on Respiratory Therapy. Students will develop an understanding of research protocols and evaluation, critically analyze research data, and develop skills in interpreting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative research in Respiratory Therapy. Topics will include IRBs and clinical trials.

Advanced Respiratory Therapy/Leadership & Project Management

This course focuses on strategic, operational, and project management topics in the healthcare/respiratory therapy field, with an emphasis on increasing efficiency and quality of care. Topics include allocating staff and resources effectively, assessing financial and regulatory implications from a business perspective, leading and motivating effective teams, and developing, negotiating, and managing comprehensive programs.

Specialty Observation

This internship focuses on specialty disciplines within the respiratory therapy profession that can potentially foster an interest for the student to sit for one of the NBRCs or its affiliates’ specialty exams (NPS, CPFT, RPFT, SDS, ACCS, or AE-C). The course is designed to promote interest for RRTs in the specialty practices of respiratory therapy. The practicum design and placement will be determined by the student’s interest area (neonatal, pediatrics, sleep disorders, asthma, diagnostics, or critical care). The student will perform 20 hours of specialty observation in his or her chosen specialty of respiratory therapy. The specialty observation can be performed at the student’s place of employment as long as it is a specialty area in which the student does not currently work and occurs during non-working hours. Paid work time cannot count as observation time.

Respiratory Therapy Capstone

This culminating course will enable senior-level Respiratory Therapy students to develop a proposal and complete a project or research paper based upon one of their areas of interest (Disease Management, Leadership and Project Management, or Education and Research). Presentations of completed papers or projects will be delivered by the student to selected Respiratory Therapy managers/specialists at a predetermined site or at a poster presentation at a research symposium.


Industry Defining Educators

The faculty and staff of the University of Cincinnati online Respiratory Therapy program are experienced practitioners and academicians. They remain active leaders in the healthcare industry in addition to their academic courses and research.

Shane Keene, Program Director
Dr. Shane Keene is also a Professor for the BS RT program. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in teaching, administration, and practice to the program. Read More »
Mark Washam
Mark Washam, Assistant Professor
Mark Washam recently joined the University of Cincinnati as an adjunct Professor. He brings nearly 30 years of academic and professional experience spanning RT and nursing to the program. Read More »


A Clear Path Begins Here

The University of Cincinnati maintains its high rankings in part due to its competitive admissions standards. Great care is taken to ensure that each student is right for the program and the program is right for each student.

The admissions process can seem daunting, even for people who have done it multiple times. Each university is different, but few make as many resources available to their prospective students as the University of Cincinnati. Many of your questions about applications, admission requirements, tuition, computer requirements, academic calendar, and transfer credits will be addressed in the following sections. Should you need more answers, please complete the request form or call your Enrollment Advisor directly at 1-877-615-3074.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold an A.S. or A.A.S. degree from a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care/Respiratory Therapy program in a regionally accredited institution
  • Credentialed as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) eligible
  • Complete a UC application
  • Complete a program application
  • Submit official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Possess a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Submit a letter of intent and resume
  • Application fee: $50
  • Matriculation fee: $100

Academic Calendar

Applications are accepted year round, and a new class begins every semester.

Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Application Deadline 11/01/2016 2/22/2017 7/01/2017

Please note: application deadlines are subject to change; contact your advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credits for Program Admission

To be eligible for the UC Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy completion program, students must have graduated from a COARC accredited associate-level RT program. In addition, the program must have been taken at a regionally accredited higher learning institution with an AA, AS, or articulating AAS to an approved baccalaureate program. If a student has graduated from a COARC accredited respiratory therapy program that is not regionally accredited, transcripts will be reviewed by an advisor to determine if all general education requirements have been met. The BS in Respiratory Therapy degree at UC requires a total of 120 earned semester credit hours to graduate. Students applying with an associate degree that consists of less than 70 earned semester credit hours will be required to take additional coursework via a local community college, other UC distance courses, etc. The student may still start the program but must have these courses completed within one year of entering the program.

Computer Requirements

During the online Bachelor in Respiratory Therapy program, your desktop computer or laptop and a broadband connection are essential for program completion and communication. That doesn’t mean you need a supercomputer to study online. In fact, if you can surf the Internet with your computer, there is a good chance it will meet the requirements for our online programs. For more information about our computer requirements please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-615-3074.


An investment in your own education is one of the smartest you can make.

In-State Tuition Out-of-State Tuition
Tuition: $23,300 $24,050
Application fee: $50 $50
Matriculation: $100 $100
Total $23,450 $24,200
($466/credit hour) ($481/credit hour)

In addition, course materials average $100 to $200 per term.

Please note: Tuition is subject to change; contact your advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for your education is available from a variety of sources, such as federal loans, scholarship programs, private sources, student employment opportunities, and sometimes even employer assistance programs. We encourage you to research all of the financing options available so you can determine what works best for your individual needs.

The UC Office of Financial Aid and your Enrollment Advisor are available to help you fully understand the process.

Student Financial Aid
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210125
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0125

Phone: 513-556-1000
Fax: 513-556-9171
Federal School Code: 003125

Contact an Enrollment Advisor for additional assistance at 1-877-615-3074.

College Partnerships

The University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program is proud to announce partnerships with several colleges across the nation! These partnerships are designed to provide students with a seamless transition into UC’s respiratory therapy bachelor’s degree completion program. Please contact an enrollment advisor to learn more about this opportunity by filling out the form.

Current UC BSRT Partners:


  • Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL)


  • Ashland Community & Technical College (Ashland, KY)
  • Big Sandy Community & Technical College (Prestonsburg, KY)
  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College (Lexington, KY)
  • Elizabethtown Community & Technical College (Elizabethtown, KY)
  • Jefferson Community & Technical College (Louisville, KY)
  • Madisonville Community College (Madisonville, KY)
  • Maysville Community & Technical College (Maysville, KY)
  • Somerset Community & Technical College (Somerset, KY)
  • Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College (Bowling Green, KY)
  • Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (Harlan, KY)
  • West Kentucky Community & Technical College (Paducah, KY)


  • Southeast Community College (Lincoln, NE)

New Mexico

  • Santa Fe College (Santa Fe, NM)
  • San Juan College (Farmington, NM)

New York

  • Genesee Community College (Batavia, NY)


  • Cincinnati State Technical & Community College (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Columbus State (Columbus, OH)
  • Rhodes State College (Lima, OH)
  • Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH)
  • Stark State Community College (North Canton, OH)


  • HACC Central Pennsylvania Community College (Harrisburg, PA)

Your Support Team

A Strong Support Team for a Confident Beginning and a Successful Completion
A major key to your success in the online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree program is exceptional instruction and dependable support. From your first day of classes all the way through graduation, you have access to faculty, facilitators, and peers. But that is just the beginning—every prospective student is assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor and a Program Manager.

Enrollment Advisor

Your enrollment advisor is available to answer any questions, and most importantly, help you understand if UC’s RT program is the right fit for you.

John Hall

John Hall (1-877-615-3074 x 5260)

I am native of Florida, and come from a diverse background in recruiting. My work experience has played a tremendous role in helping me find out what is important to the student, so they are able to make informative and confident decisions.

As an enrollment advisor, it is my passion to help others reach higher goals and make decisions that will positively impact their future.

Bryan Youman

Bryan Youman (1-877-615-3074 x 5282)

I am from Orlando, Florida and had the opportunity to obtain my bachelor’s degree through an athletic scholarship from a Division 1AA program. Both my work and collegiate experience have helped me gain insight as to how I can help students utilize their resources and become prepared to make decisive choices that will be beneficial to them in the long run.

As an Enrollment Advisor, it is my passion to assist others in achieving the goals they have set and to aid them in obtaining the future they foresee for themselves, yielding a positive outcome.



Program Manager

After completing the application process, you are assigned a Program Manager for the remainder of your program. Your Program Manager assists with registration, obtaining books and materials, and finding answers to any program or support questions you may have. As part of our commitment to students, you can expect to hear from your Program Manager regularly as he or she helps guide you through the program. Your Program Manager helps you with the details, allowing you to focus on your studies.

Erick Edmond

Erick Edmond (1-877-615-3074 x5170)

I am a Pennsylvania native but grew up in the Orlando area. My passion for education and basketball earned me a scholarship to Mayville State University in North Dakota. At Mayville State I earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in business and the other in psychology. After graduation, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play basketball in Mexico for a few years before moving on to several customer service management roles at area amusement parks (I know, a cliché for Orlando!).

I have always viewed myself as a dreamer and a doer. As a Program Manager, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping others accomplish their dreams. I firmly believe that education is the basis not only for professional growth, but for all personal growth as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I am a CRT when I enter the program, can the program help me financially to obtain my RRT credential?

A: Yes, once you have completed one full semester (3 courses) and have a program GPA of 3.0 or higher. You may email the program director to request the assistance at this point. The program will pay for the Kettering RRT Home Study and will have it mailed to the address of your choosing. Additionally, once you have had ample opportunity to study we will reimburse you for both parts of the exam one time (pass or fail) as long as they are not scheduled to be taken on the same day. Just simply scan your proof of payment and send it to the program director as an email attachment.

Q: Are there any courses that I may be exempt from if I have obtained specialty credentials?
A: Yes. There is one course, Special Respiratory Therapy Internship (3 credits). You may email the program director if you have at least 70 credit hours transferring in from your associate degree and have minimally one of the following active specialty credentials: NBRC’s or its affiliates’ specialty exams (NPS, CPFT, RPFT, SDS, ACCS, RPSGT or AE-C). Effective 1/14/15 students will submit verification of their credential and complete a reflection paper.  For further information, please click here.

Q: Can the program be taken on a part-time basis?

A: Yes, but a student must finish all of the core classes before taking any advanced courses, and dropping back to a part-time basis will significantly extend time to graduation.

Q: Is the program designed for working adults?
A: Yes, the curriculum was designed for working adults to finish their degree while still maintaining full-time employment.

Q: Is the program 100% online?
A: Yes, there are no face-to-face program requirements and you never have to travel to campus. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and your coursework can be completed anywhere.


A Historic University – A Tradition of Innovation

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning outside of the original 13 colonies. The University of Cincinnati is a leader in education innovation, including the first bachelor’s degree in nursing and the first Emergency Medicine training program. Its rapid adaptation to distance learning and subsequent developments in this learning environment are among UC’s largest and latest innovations. Online programs in a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional fields enable a wide range of working professionals to achieve their educational goals and provide a means for our students to gather diverse perspectives from around the world.

The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity as a core value in preparing students for a global society. The talents and perspectives of people from different races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, economic statuses, family structures, disabilities, and religions enrich and empower the community of our vibrant university. To learn more about our commitment to diversity, please click here.

College of Allied Health Sciences

The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) at the University of Cincinnati is involved in enhancing and improving the quality of life for people everywhere by discovering, teaching, and applying knowledge related to the health sciences. Respiratory therapy is a major aspect of this effort. The ever-changing field of healthcare will need dynamic leaders to deal with challenges now and in the future. The College of Allied Health Sciences follows the mission of the University of Cincinnati in its commitment to provide students the highest quality learning environment. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program within CAHS are exceptionally prepared with the broad base of knowledge needed to help them succeed in healthcare.


The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)*, a commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA). The NCA is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). Read More »

The Higher Learning Commission
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Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411

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Selected Rankings

The University of Cincinnati and the College of Allied Health Sciences are recognized for their commitment to education and research:

  • Ranked #139 among National Universities and #70 among Top Public Schools (U.S. News & World Report 2013 college rankings)
  • Top 100 “elite values” in higher education (Money Magazine)
  • Featured in The Best 201 Colleges for the Real World: Get In. Get Out. Get a Job.
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Are you ready to accept the challenge of furthering your education and career? Are you ready to place yourself at the forefront of healthcare and respiratory therapy? If so, you have come to the right place!

By filling out this form, you will be completing the first step of the application process. Your personal Enrollment Advisor will contact you soon to explain the remaining steps and assist you with any questions you may have. Congratulations on your decision to apply and we look forward to welcoming you to the University of Cincinnati family.

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