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The Bachelor of Science in respiratory care provides graduates with the foundation they need to assume leadership roles in clinical practice and clinical specialty areas.

This program requires a minimum of 98 quarter credit hours to be completed at the upper division undergraduate level.

The professional phase of the program:

  • Includes coursework and clinical fieldwork
  • Is completed at Rush University and its affiliated clinical sites
  • Takes approximately 21 months to complete
Graduates awarded a Bachelor of Science in respiratory care are eligible to sit for the Entry Level Certification (CRT) Examination and the Written Registry and Clinical Simulation Examination for Advanced Respiratory Therapists (RRT), given by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in respiratory care program is rigorous and several prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the program.

Any changes in the student's planned program for admission require written approval by the department chair.

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. Student selection is based on factors such as:

  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Consistency of academic performance
  • Course work completed, including required program prerequisite courses
  • Interpersonal abilities

Prospective students with no previous experience in the field of respiratory care are encouraged and required to arrange an orientation visit to a respiratory care department at a hospital.

Additional Admissions Information for Prospective Applicants

All applicants must complete an application using the centralized application service AHCAS. OR you can apply using the Rush University General Application.

To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in respiratory care degree program, all applicants must:

 Have a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of general education courses

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in undergraduate course work.
  • Successfully complete all professional prerequisite required courses with a grade of "C" or better.
    • Human Anatomy (one course)
    • Human Physiology (one course)
    • Chemistry (one course with lab preferred)
    • Physics (one course with lab preferred)
    • Microbiology (one course with lab preferred)
    • Psychology (one course)
    • Computer Science (one course)
    • Statistics (one course)
  • Successfully complete all general education prerequisite required courses with a grade of "C" or better.
    • English Composition (two courses)
    • Speech/Oral Communication (one course)
    • College Mathematics (one course)
    • Humanities, Philosophy or Ethics (two courses of any combination)
    • Fine Arts (one course, which may not include a performance class)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (three courses)
  • Have a personal interview with departmental faculty.
  • Application, personal statement and thee letters of reference
  • Complete an online application to the program.
  • Have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

 Please note:

Students admitted to the three-year track program may be admitted with some general education and/or professional prerequisite courses outstanding.

Also, individuals holding the RRT credential may be admitted to the program prior to completion of all required prerequisites.


Photo caption: David Vines, associate professor, chair and program director for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences.

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