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Bachelor’s Thesis Track

The RRT-to-BS Degree Completion Bachelor’s Thesis Track is designed to guide more experienced therapists through research methodology, developing the skills necessary to conceptualize and conduct research worthy of dissemination on a national platform. Emphasis is placed on critical appraisal of the literature, scientific writing and presentation skills, making this track beneficial for therapists seeking admission to graduate school in the future.   The program establishes a foundation for completing graduate level coursework by introducing the student to the written thesis, a product generally required at the conclusion of most graduate programs.

The Bachelor Thesis requires the student to:

  1. Use a scientific approach to form research questions and build cohesive and well-balanced arguments;
  2. Present results or conclusions in the context of academic discourse, including clear connections to the relevant literature; and
  3. Adhere to formal guidelines of a research paper.

The Bachelor Thesis Track requires completion of 26-28 SC.  The Bachelor Thesis may require more than one semester to complete.  A sample schedule (based on full-time enrollment) is provided below.  Other scheduling configurations, including a part-time enrollment, are possible.  Financial aid is available to students taking at least 6 SC.

Sample Schedule – Full-time Program:

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Summer
RESP 4133Patient and Family Centered Care1
RESP 4330Research and Evaluation3
4
Fall
RESP 4146Foundations of Respiratory Care Education (fall or spring)1
RESP 4237Literature Review2
RESP 4V40Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care1-2
RESP 4V44Scholarship Project1-2
5-7
Spring
RESP 4250Integration Project2
RESP 4258Bachelor’s Thesis Proposal2
RESP 4355Leadership and Management3
RESP 4452Disease Management4
11
Year 2
Summer
RESP 4653Bachelor’s Thesis6
TOTAL26-28

Sample Schedule – Part-time Program:

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Fall
RESP 4146Respiratory Care Education1
RESP 4V40Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care1-2
2-3
Spring
RESP 4355Leadership & Management3
RESP 4452Disease Management4
7
Summer
RESP 4133Patient- and Family-Centered Care1
RESP 4330Research and Evaluation3
4
Year 2
Fall
RESP 4237Literature Review2
RESP 4V44Scholarship Project1-2
3-4
Spring
RESP 4250Integration Project2
RESP 4258Bachelor’s Thesis Proposal2
4
Summer
RESP 4652Bachelor’s Thesis6
6
Total26-28