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RRT to B.S. Program

The RRT-to-BS Degree Completion Program is designed to allow employed and/or newly-graduated respiratory therapists holding the RRT credential the opportunity to meet their educational goals as practicing professionals.

The professional program offered by UAMS has two tracks from which students may choose: The Bachelor Thesis Track (26-28 SC) and the Clinical Track (24-36 SC).

  • The Bachelor Thesis Track prepares the student for graduate level education through coursework that emphasizes critical appraisal of the literature, scientific writing and presentation skills.
  • The Clinical Track includes upper-level baccalaureate courses in research, education, leadership and management and exposes the student to clinical specialty areas in respiratory care, including the neonatal, pediatric and adult intensive care units.

Completion of 55 SC of pre-requisite coursework in science and general education is generally expected prior to entering either professional track.  Upon completion of all pre-requisite coursework (55 SC) and the professional track of choice, up to 40 SC of ungraded course credit is awarded in recognition of the RRT credential.  The total program is 120 SC in length. Upon completion of all program requirements, the graduate will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Cardio-Respiratory Care.

Courses in both tracks are offered to meet the personal and financial goals of the student, whenever possible.  Professional courses are offered by distance education as on-line synchronous or asynchronous classes, by Interactive Video Network (IVN) and as independent study courses.  Full courses (or parts of courses) may be waived in the clinical track when appropriate certification, credentials or clinical experience can be documented.    Students may also complete the track of their choice as a full-time student (begins each summer term) or as a part-time student (begins each fall semester).  A degree plan is completed during a required orientation prior to registration for the first professional course.  The program is designed to be completed in 1-1 ½ years for full-time students and in 2- 2 ½ years for part-time students.

The number of students admitted each year into either professional track depends on a number of factors, including: availability of faculty advisors (Bachelor’s Thesis Track), clinical affiliates, qualified clinical preceptors and the ability of the student to do non-traditional rotations (Clinical Track). Accordingly, early application is encouraged because conditional acceptance is often offered to qualified applicants prior to May 15th each year.   The summer term begins the day after Memorial Day each year.

Both tracks of the RRT-to-BS Degree Completion Program have been thoughtfully designed to accommodate the needs of employed practitioners.   Students should be aware that both tracks (but particularly the Bachelor’s Thesis Track) require a large amount of independent study and consequently, require a motivated and capable learner who is proactive and organized in his/her approach to the course content.