Bachelor's of Science in Respiratory Care

  • 100% Online Program

  • Complete BSRC degree in as little as four semesters

  • Prepare for a role in management, education, or research

  • Enjoy low-cost regional campus tuition rates

  • CoARC Accredited

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135,800 Job Opportunities in the U.S. by 2031
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Estimated Potential Yearly Earnings of $62,810
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Job Growth Rate 19.4% Higher than U.S. Average
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Associate's in Respiratory Therapy or Equivalent Required

Building upon the foundation of an associate degree in respiratory therapy, Kent State University at Ashtabula’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care is the solution for both students completing an associate degree and working respiratory therapists that wish to expand their career options.  Our accredited completer program is offered in an accelerated format that offers 7-week courses and is completely online.  Applications are now being accepting and students may apply online for admission to Kent State Ashtabula.

Students enrolled in the program benefit from:

  • The ability to work while taking online courses
  • Courses developed following the AARC’s “2015 and Beyond” competency guidelines
  • Up to 41 semester hours of credit for coursework completed in an accredited associate degree program
  • A clear “program roadmap” that shows required classes to earn your degree

A Bachelor’s degree is earned with successful completion of 39 semester hours of upper division course work.  The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree program is designed to prepare qualified graduates of associate degree programs with the necessary knowledge and skills for a role in management, research, teaching, and more.  In addition, the program uses best practices to teach leadership skills, disease management, and sleep medicine specializations to enhance students’ practice of respiratory care.  

Program Goal

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


Kent State University is an affiliate of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

The Kent State University at Ashtabula's Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Care, CoARC number 510014 holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.  
CoARC 264 Precision Blvd. 
Telford, TN 37690, USA 
Telephone: 817-283-2835 

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.


How to Apply

Interested students can apply to Kent State Ashtabula online through the regular admissions process. Grants, loans, and scholarships are available to qualified students.

Apply now!  This program offers rolling admissions - start in the spring, summer, or fall.

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To learn more about the BSRC degree contact  Program Director Amy Rodenhausen at or 440-964-4362.

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Transfer Students: 

Kent State University at Ashtabula accepts all college level courses from regionally accredited institutions.  If you are unsure of your current schools accreditation, there are a number of places you may be able to locate this information.  They are: your school's website or school catalog, your transcript or the school's Financial, Billing & Enrollment Center.  For additional information about accreditation and/or credit transfer visit our Credit Transfer page at: