About the Program

Download the Respiratory Care Brochure Download the Respiratory Care Flyer

The respiratory care program is available for traditional students entering the profession for the first time as well as for non-traditional, practicing professionals wishing to complete the Bachelor of Science Degree.

Traditional Program:  Each fall semester, the traditional program admits a full-time (5 semesters) and a part time (8 semesters) cohort who attend classes during the day.  The number of students in each cohort depends upon clinical slot availability.  Second year part-time students and first year full-time students comprise a clinical cohort.  There are 24 clinical slots available.  The program consists of 55 semester credits of prerequisites course work and 65 credits in the respiratory care curriculum for a total of 120 credits.

Students earn credentials in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) as program requirements.  Graduates are eligible to earn the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) credential and the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) credential.  Successful completion of all program requirements qualifies graduates to sit for national credentialing exams and apply for a license to practice in Arkansas.  Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure licensure.

A.S.-to-B.S. Degree Completion Program:  The A.S.-to-B.S. Degree Completion Program is designed to allow graduates of Associate Degree programs the opportunity to meet their educational and professional goals as practicing professionals. The thirty semester credit professional program is offered in a 100% online format, which is perfect for working therapists who need flexibility to complete their Bachelor’s degree while meeting family, professional and personal obligations.  The curriculum allows students to pursue study in specific areas of interest or professional specialty through various projects, papers and/or directed study.  In this way, students have the opportunity to prepare for advanced levels of specialty credentialing, if desired.

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic aptitude
  • Academic experience
  • Math and science aptitude

*The Little Rock program receives significant support from the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System.