2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Jun 09, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Respiratory Therapy, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) Respiratory Therapy degree program is for practicing respiratory therapists to advance the profession and provide enhanced career opportunities. The online program will provide degree advancement for respiratory therapists who have completed an entry into respiratory care practice degree. Degree Advancement (DA) programs in respiratory care move the respiratory therapy profession towards the goal of the baccalaureate level for entry into the profession to meet the strategic plan of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) to increase the educational level of the workforce (http://www.aarc.org/careers/respiratory_therapy_degree_advancement/

The program prepares registered respiratory therapists for future roles in respiratory care by expanding the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills beyond those of the entry level registered respiratory therapist (RRT), enhancing their practice. The BS Respiratory Therapy at SLU will be a contemporary respiratory therapy completion program that incorporates best practices and current innovations to prepare current respiratory therapists for future career opportunities.


Admission Requirements Include:

  • A current unencumbered license in Florida or in a state of current employment
  • Active Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the NBRC
  • An earned associate degree in a respiratory therapy program from a CoARC-accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • If a student is currently enrolled in an associate degree in Respiratory Therapy program - A grade of C or better in all coursework taken by the end of the semester prior the semester for which application is make is required


Technology Competency Skills

Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills                                             

Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.

Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:

A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.

Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:

Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass. 

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

Respiratory Therapy Transfer (21 credit hours)

21 credits hours of transferrable Respiratory Therapy coursework.

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 60