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ASRC + BSRT, Respiratory Therapist
Bachelor's Dual-Degree Sequence

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 Best Online Bachelor'searlier 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.

NMC was named the No. 6 best online bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy in the nation by for 2024.

Program Perks
  • A 3+1 path to a four-year bachelor's degree — 3 years for the ASRC 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
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  • CoARC Respiratory Therapy Program Goals and Outcomes

Accreditation & Licensure

Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care, CoARC Program ID 200368, holds Continuing Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice, The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) degree advancement, CoARC Program ID 510010, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care,

Graduates must pass the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam, which leads to the advanced practitioner exam to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Admissions Information


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • High school/college record
  • Fulfillment of program technical standards
  • Previous math and science courses
  • Shadowing a professional in a Respiratory Care/Therapy department is encouraged


To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by postal mail, email or phone.

Starting Term - Fall 2024

Standard Deadline - Deadlines for Fall 2024 have been extended. Please contact admissions for more details.

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

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The program requires a minimum of 129 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts and Sciences requirements.

First year - First Semester

COM 101
This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

HUM ---
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM 150
There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking. Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas. Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

MAT 120
This course provides an advanced study of algebraic methods and prepares students for further studies in mathematics and physics. Content of the course starts with a review of basic concepts of algebra, and then it intensifies the study of the following topics: equations, inequalities, polynomials, exponents, logarithms, and the concept of functions and their graphs.

SCI 116
This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms, and root words used in healthcare terminology to be able to properly communicate issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

First year - Second Semester

BIO 225
This course will provide foundational concepts for further study and understanding of the human body as it relates to healthcare related disciplines. Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced. Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology, and histology are reviewed/introduced. Students are introduced to the eleven body systems. This course focuses on articulations and the integumentary, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. Laboratory experience will include a multi-modal approach and will include cadaveric study. 

CHE 101
This course is an overview of general, organic and biological chemistry with an emphasis on applications to health sciences. This course will introduce students to the basic knowledge of the properties of the matter, its reactions, and classifications. The course will discuss the main organic compounds and their properties as well as include some basic biochemistry principles. The course is accompanied by laboratory exercises which follows the material discussed.

HUM 250-259
Students critically analyze the impact of history on contemporary society. Historical methods of inquiry inform students' perspectives on societal and institutional development. Most undergraduate students must take one course from this group. HUM 255 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES HUM 256 THE HISTORY OF WESTERN MEDICINE HUM 257 U.S. HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT, AND PROMISE: A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH BY CHALLENGING THE PRESENT & DEMANDING A NEW FUTURE HUM 258 WORLD HISTORY TO 1800 HUM 259 HISTORY OF SCIENCE: THE CREATION OF A BIOMEDICAL WORLD

SSC 235
This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

Second year - First Semester

BIO 226
This course will continue to apply foundational concepts of the human body as they relate to healthcare related disciplines. The structure and function of the special senses, along with the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems are explored in this course. Laboratory experience will include a multi-modal approach and will include cadaveric study.

Prerequisite: BIO 225 
Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHE 101

BIO 281
This course is designed to study the microbiology principles with a human perspective. The course will provide a basic understanding of microbial structure, function and their role in infectious diseases. There will also be an emphasis on the application of microorganisms and their relationship to various disease processes. Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to demonstrate the working knowledge of the microorganisms and their impact on infectious diseases.

Prerequisites: CHE 101, BIO 225 or SCI 200 or college level introductory biology course
Pre or Co-requisites: MA 110
Co-requisites: BIO 226

COM 102
This course invites students to explore the underlying principles of effective speech communication, with special applications to workplace environments. Students study and discuss the broad-based oral and nonverbal dimensions of effective speech interactions and effective public speaking and then apply the principles in public speeches.

COM 255/262
Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language. Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement. Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own. This course lasts over the entire semester.

Second year - Second Semester

HUM ---
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM 213
This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

PHY 101
This course will introduce learners to an overview of fundamentals of physics by exploring the various phenomena of physical science. The focus of this course will include kinematics, Newton’s Laws, momentum, work and energy, sound and light waves, thermodynamics, static electricity and electric circuits. This lab includes experiments relevant to the material explored in Physics I.

PSY 101/215
PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory. PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

SSC 325
Evidence-based practice is an important component of effective clinical management. This course allows students to develop skills in applied statistics and research while learning to critically examine healthcare information from a variety of sources, including but not limited to professional journals, governmental reports and public media.

Second year - Third Semester

RCP 200
This course combines classroom, laboratory and clinical experience as an introduction to therapeutic modalities and hospital protocol. Basic cardiopulmonary assessment and therapeutic modalities are practiced in a clinical setting. Students are evaluated on affective skills such as communication, ethical behavior and professionalism.

Prerequisites: All year-one courses. Corequisite: RCP 210

RCP 210
A comprehensive study of pulmonary and cardiovascular physiology as it applies to respiratory care. Emphasis is on integrating therapeutic and clinical application of pulmonary function, acid-base balance, neurogenesis and mechanics of ventilation, O2 and CO2 transport, ventilation versus perfusion, and hemodynamic relationships as they relate to acute and chronic diseases.

Prerequisites: All year-one courses Corequisite: RCP 200

SCI 206
This survey course begins with a major focus on cellular function and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibria. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, fluid acid/base balance, gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine, and neurological functions are emphasized. The student will be introduced to pharmacological principles and utilize critical thinking to explore the relationship between those concepts and commonly used classes of medications.

Prerequisites: SCI 200

Third year - First Semester

RCP 220
This course is a continuation of RCP 200. Students will complete clinical rotations in therapeutic modalities, surgery, ECG and pediatrics. Students are introduced to the adult intensive care unit and will continue to be evaluated in affective skills. Students will participate in weekly clinical discussions and case study presentations.

Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 240, RCP 260

RCP 240/240L
This course is an introduction to basic respiratory care equipment. Theories and procedures will be presented along with a structured laboratory experience to prepare students for those skills required in proper delivery of various basic respiratory therapy modalities, to include aerosol/humidity therapy, oxygen therapy, medical gas therapy, bronchial hygiene, lung expansion therapy and infection control. The student will learn how these modalities are used in the treatment of various cardiopulmonary diseases.

Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 260

RCP 260
An introduction to the assessment and management of acute and chronic patients who need airway care. Emphasis is upon indications, complications and maintenance of artificial airways and mechanical ventilators. Structured laboratory time is included to apply the theoretical principles of mechanical ventilation.

Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240

RCP 350
This course is a presentation of the methods of care and support for the patient with pulmonary disability. Emphasis is on the teaching of home care therapy, chronic care units, unique equipment needs, review of home care companies and services provided, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, special problems encountered and the various therapeutic techniques applied to the chronic pulmonary patient.

Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240

Third year - Second Semester

RCP 300
This course is a continuation of RCP 220. Students will complete clinical rotations in diagnostic procedures/monitoring, advanced assessment skills, pulmonary function, adult intensive care and pediatric/neonatal intensive care. Students will participate in weekly clinical discussions and case study presentations and will continue to be evaluated for affective skills.

Prerequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, SCI 206, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 310/310L
This course is a continuation of RCP 260. Emphasis is upon the relationship of specific pathophysiologies and the indications, management and discontinuation of mechanical ventilation. Specific ventilators and their clinical applications are presented and required skills are developed in structured laboratory time.

Prerequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240, SCI 206, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 330/330L
An introduction to the more crucial diagnostic procedures required for assessing and monitoring the pulmonary patient. Emphasis is upon arterial blood gas analysis, pulmonary function studies and hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation and nutritional assessment.

Prerequisites: SCI 206, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 340
This course is a comprehensive review of fetal development, physiology and pathophysiology of the newborn, premature infant and the pediatric patient. Applications of various respiratory care modalities are correlated to these varied pathologies.

Prerequisites: SCI 206, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 360

RCP 360
Current issues and trends in respiratory care will be investigated and discussed in this course. In addition, students will explore issues in cultural diversity, political advocacy and managed care as it relates to healthcare.

Prerequisites: SCI 206, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340

Third year - Third Semester

COM 320
This course applies leadership concepts, conflict management, and assertive communication skills to the healthcare environment. Students will explore the concept of intercultural responsiveness by examining the role of race and gender in leadership. Students will also explore the role of civic engagement for future leaders in healthcare. This course will help students evaluate their leadership and communication capabilities in the context of their careers as future healthcare practitioners and Educated Citizens. The NMC portfolio is integrated throughout this course.

Prerequisites: COM 101 and HUM 150 or HUM 152

RCP 320
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate health-related information among groups and individuals. Topics covered include adult learning styles, strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles, the importance of providing applicable health information, mechanisms used for distribution of information and methods for discussing the relationship between diseases and health behaviors.

Fourth year - First Semester

BSH 340
A study of the history of health records, professional ethics, the functions of a health information department, retention of records, medical forms, health information practices, and responsibilities to healthcare administration, medical staff, and other medical professionals.

RCP 363
This course is designed to introduce the wellness coaching model to a healthcare professional. The major topics covered are defining a scope of practice, coaching relationships, and motivational interviewing. The course structure is designed around weekly themes that align with the course objectives. All course materials/assignments are required unless otherwise noted.

Fourth year - Second Semester

RCP 490
This course is designed to bring together all bachelors-level Respiratory Care coursework. Each student will take all of the aspects taught throughout the program and create a wellness or education program targeting a population identified at the beginning of the bachelor’s degree program. The course will culminate with students presenting their program as they would present it to a group of stakeholders.

SSC 465
This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community. Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

Education Track

RCP 371
This course is designed to introduce the needs assessment process and provide direction relative to conducting needs assessments with a variety of populations. The course will outline methods for assessing the health and development needs of the population. The student will identify at-risk populations and conduct research to identify specific processes and interventions necessary to address the needs identified.

RCP 383
This course will educate the student about developing goals, objectives and strategies to address specific population wellness needs. Students will learn to develop an action plan for reaching program goals including methods for evaluating program success and deficiencies.

RCP 420
This course is designed to assist respiratory therapy practitioners to improve their pulmonary disease education knowledge and skills to improve chronic pulmonary disease care and to promote patient knowledge of their disease. At the end of this course, the student will be able to identify significant components of patient pulmonary disease education. The knowledge gained can be applied to educate patients on various pulmonary diseases and interventions.

RCP 427
This course will cover behaviors that impact health including physical activity, nutrition, obesity, substance abuse, and stress. This course will provide information regarding the ways in which common risk factors relate to disease. Strategies for prevention of disease in these areas will also be covered.

Healthcare Management Track

BSH 310
This course explores the function of human resources within the healthcare organization. The focus of the course is on the development of skills that the department leader needs for effective management of personnel. Subjects include strategies to attract, hire, and retain high quality employees, compensation and benefit packages, productivity, and employee development, evaluation and training, as well as existing laws and policies surrounding employee relations.

BSH 401
This course provides an introduction to knowledge and skills needed to lead quality improvement initiatives. Focusing on the evolution of quality from management to assurance and final to improvement students will explore the history of quality improvement. Students will examine principles, concepts and methods related to the application of quality initiatives and strategies to quality improvement in a healthcare setting. Thematic topics for specific initiatives may include Lean Methodology concepts, Six Sigma, and Plan-Do-Check Act (PDCA) Cycle related to performance improvement in healthcare.

BSH 403
This course provides a foundational investigation of personal and organizational leadership with an emphasis on developing leadership talent. The following topics in leadership are included: overview of key leadership theories; differences between management and leadership; followership, implementing change, and emerging trends. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders, including interpersonal skills, attitudes, and behaviors, which can facilitate effective leadership within organizations.

BSH 410
This course focuses on healthcare operations management from the perspective of a healthcare professional. It provides a quantitative approach to analyzing business and logistics concepts and how they impact the healthcare equation. The course explores the foundations of operations management in healthcare, healthcare as a business, fundamentals of financial performance in healthcare, and the supply chain in support of healthcare and pharmaceutical operations management.

Meet the Faculty

Our respiratory therapy faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty

Additional Information

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.



Salary & Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for respiratory therapists was $77, 960 per year ($37.48 per hour) in 2023, with a much faster than average job growth rate of 13% between 2022 and 2032.

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)

CoARC Respiratory Therapy Program Goals, Outcomes & Assessment

To provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

ASRC Programmatic Student Outcomes Data

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care maintains the latest information on student outcomes from all accredited programs. 

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.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the AS Respiratory Care Program will:
  1. Exhibit cognitive (knowledge) competency at the level of an entry-level respiratory therapist.
  2. Demonstrate clinical competence that includes the ability to perform age- appropriate patient care by incorporating assessment skills, interprofessional communication, and decision-making abilities.
  3. Model ethical and culturally sensitive professional attitudes and behaviors to promote excellent patient care.
  4. Attain the NMC Educated Citizen skills to become Reflective Individuals, Effective Communicators and Change Agents.

Graduates of the BSRT program will:

  1. Develop model, evidence-based protocols and respiratory care plans for clinical practice to include disease management.
  2. Demonstrate the effectiveness of the respiratory therapist in health promotion and disease prevention.
  3. Comprehend the role of leadership and management as it relates to healthcare policies that affect patient care and professional practice.
  4. Utilize oral and written interdisciplinary communication in coordinating care for patients.
  5. Apply educational theory practice to implement education programs for pulmonary disease patients.



In the conduct of professional activities, the Respiratory Therapist shall be bound by the following ethical and professional principles. Respiratory Therapists shall:   

  • Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust in the profession and its professionals.
  • Seek educational opportunities to improve and maintain their professional competence and document their participation accurately.
  • Perform only those procedures or functions in which they are individually competent and which are within their scope of accepted and responsible practice.
  • Respect and protect the legal and personal rights of patients, including the right to privacy, informed consent and refusal of treatment.
  • Divulge no protected information regarding any patient or family unless disclosure is required for the responsible performance of duty authorized by the patient and/or family, or required by law.
  • Provide care without discrimination on any basis, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals.
  • Promote disease prevention and wellness.
  • Refuse to participate in illegal or unethical acts.
  • Refuse to conceal, and will report, the illegal, unethical, fraudulent, or incompetent acts of others.
  • Follow sound scientific procedures and ethical principles in research.
  • Comply with state or federal laws, which govern and relate to their practice.
  • Avoid any form of conduct that is fraudulent or creates a conflict of interest, and shall follow the principles of ethical business behavior.
  • Promote health care delivery through improvement of the access, efficacy, and cost of patient care.
  • Encourage and promote appropriate stewardship of resources. 

Effective 12/94; Revised 04/15

For a more detailed description of the expectations for ethical behavior, see AARC's Position Statements.