Respiratory Therapy, AS + BS
Innovative dual-degree pathway puts you at the forefront of respiratory therapy practice.
Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, from premature infants lacking fully developed lungs to adults suffering from labored breathing to elderly persons whose lungs have become diseased.
The profession continues to grow and embrace a more holistic role that not only includes acute care at the patient's bedside but also preventive care and patient education.
A bachelor's degree is the future of this ascending healthcare profession as determined by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
You can become a leader in the field and enter respiratory therapy practice earlier with a wage-earning professional year built into this innovative dual-degree 3+1 program. Earn your associate degree and become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in three years. Then, finish your bachelor's degree in as little as one year while working in an advanced professional role with opportunities for greater responsibility and leadership.
This dual-degree program in respiratory therapy offers:
- A 3+1 path to a four-year bachelor's degree — 3 years for the ASRT and 1 year to complete the BSRT.
- Earn your associate degree on campus and your bachelor's degree 100% online.
- Curriculum supports the changing role of the respiratory therapist and includes content in health promotion, health education, leadership, case management and healthcare policy.
- Focuses on the holistic nature of the respiratory care profession.
- Choose from two advanced tracks for your BSRT - Education & Research or Healthcare Management & Leadership
Specialize by Adding a Minor
Students have the option to enroll in either of the following minors:
Respiratory Therapist Salary & Job Outlook
According to Salary.com, the median salary in 2019 for respiratory therapists with bachelor's degrees in the U.S. was between $64,262 and $67,587 per year ($29 - $35 per hour), while the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster-than-average job growth for the profession of 23 percent between 2016 and 2026.
Graduates are prepared to serve the community in various roles such as a(n):
- Respiratory Care Department Manager/ Director
- Health Education Specialist - for management of respiratory-related conditions, case management and, depending on current legislation, as a physician extender for home healthcare
- Educator in Respiratory Care Program (course, lab or clinical instructor; clinical coordinator; program director)
- Health Promotion Manager or community agency employee (i.e. American Lung Association)
Which degree is right for me?
Nebraska Methodist College offers different degree programs in respiratory therapy to fit your current level of education and/or certification. We've illustrated the most common situations below as a guide. For information specific to your situation, please contact one of our admissions coordinators.