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Online Respiratory Therapist Classes

Curriculum Details


If you’re a respiratory therapist looking to complete your bachelor’s degree with coursework that features the latest strategies and techniques, you’ll find what you need in Carlow’s Respiratory Therapy Degree Completion Program. Our rigorous, forward-thinking respiratory therapist classes are available to both RRTs and CRTs, if they graduated from a CoARC-accredited program.

On your path to your bachelor’s degree, you’ll have the flexibility to maintain full-time employment while gaining the vital skills needed to move into respiratory therapy leadership roles. Many of our graduates quickly move into management positions, prepared for diverse challenges and opportunities.

Our 10 respiratory therapy courses provide advanced knowledge in areas such as new mechanical ventilation strategies, interventional strategies, interventional pulmonology techniques, communicability of diseases strategies, new pathologies and ethical considerations. This knowledge, coupled with a management emphasis, will help you emerge as a leader in the field. Graduate in as little as 18 months with your Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.

Pathway to Accelerated MBA

Flexible coursework allows you enroll in Carlow’s accelerated MBA program, in which you can take up to nine credits of MBA coursework at the bachelor’s degree rate if you meet the admissions requirements.

Core Courses


This course will provide students an introduction to basic ethical and legal topics in healthcare and respiratory care practice. Ethical and legal principles, definitions, applications, and case study scenarios will be utilized to emphasize knowledge, learning and the practical applications in respiratory care.

This course is designed to provide the student with a dynamic view of various advanced respiratory care applications and procedures. The student will investigate new concepts and research related to improvement of patient care. Areas of concentration will include advancements in smoking cessation programs and the role of respiratory therapists as a health coach, advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of COPD, the role of respiratory therapists in hyperbaric oxygenation applications, new advances in management of microbiological pathogens, interventional pulmonary procedures, and enhanced theories for caring for patients receiving mechanical ventilation.

This course is designed to provide the student with a dynamic view of evidence-based practice principles focused on various new respiratory care applications and procedures. The student will investigate new concepts and research related to improvement of patient care. Areas of concentration will include e-cigarettes, new advances in the effects of smoking, hyperbaric oxygenation applications, invasive and non-invasive cardiopulmonary procedures, exploration of imagery scans, and atypical mechanical ventilation procedures.

This course will explore respiratory care practice in the acute care and alternative care arenas. Focus will include responsibilities of respiratory clinicians in the ER, flight transport, exercise stress testing, metabolic testing, telemedicine, and informatics.

This course provides foundational principles, concepts, and methods for promoting and improving healthcare quality and patient safety within the profession of respiratory care. Students will investigate micro and macro-system levels with a focus on application at the micro-system level in the healthcare environment.

Respiratory clinicians will discuss and investigate new respiratory care pathophysiological principles, structure, and theories including new advances in the pathology of ARDS and COPD patients, bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia, sudden infant death syndrome, pertussis, SARS – severe acute respiratory syndrome, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, hantavirus, the effect of thyroid disorders on the human body, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, and rhabdomyolysis

Respiratory clinicians will examine new pharmacology medications, principles, structure, and theories of operation utilized 196 within respiratory care. Specific medication categories to be explored will include cardiac agents, diuretics, antibiotics, surfactants, vasoagents, anti-inflammatory agents, mucolytics, new bronchodilators, anti-arrhythmic agents, applicable medical gases (CO2, inhaled sedatives etc.), and sedative and hypnotic agents.

Students within this course will examine various theoretical constructs as a means of becoming more aware of their own leadership styles. Application of strategic management models will be studied to improve respiratory leadership and management skills in others. Students will identify and apply strategic models to analyze problems, formulate strategic solutions, and make sound decisions in the respiratory care forum.

This course examines the key educational concepts including teaching and learning strategies and techniques, learner characteristics, learning styles, technology in education, and the evaluation of teaching and learning. This course will also extend into the ethical, legal, and economic foundations of the educational process, health literacy in the adult client population, gender, socioeconomic, cultural attributes of the learner, and educating learners with disabilities.

This course focuses on the creation and development of a senior respiratory care project and portfolio. Students will select an approved respiratory care special project topic and complete a comprehensive analysis, research, report, and presentation discussing all aspects of the topic selected. The student will also learn the proper procedure and expectations while producing a professional respiratory care portfolio.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of all previous level BSRC DC courses. RC 107, RC 117, RC 127, RC 207, RC 217, RC 227, RC 307, RC 317, RC 327, RC 407

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