Advance your career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist by earning a bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy.

Health care organizations continue to set higher standards for respiratory therapists. Our flexible Respiratory Therapy bachelor’s degree program will help you acquire the credentials you need to work with more independence in patient care settings, while providing safe and effective respiratory care. Begin to take your career further with our classes starting multiple times each semester.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Average yearly salary of respiratory therapy managers

Program Length

As little as 1 year depending on transferred credits


  • Online

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Registered respiratory therapists who want to advance their skills and career potential with a bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy
  • RRTs who want to move toward advanced practice (such as becoming a physician assistant)
  • RRTs looking for more career responsibility

Career Paths

  • Respiratory Department Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Department Logistics Manager
  • Home Health Specialist

What You’ll Learn

Through our RRT to BSRT program, you’ll gain key insights into the practice of respiratory therapy while also gaining a broad base of knowledge that will help you take on real-world challenges and progress into a leadership role. Our faculty will work closely with you to create a personalized program of study and faculty are always available for questions. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Interpret physical exam findings, cardiopulmonary monitoring data, laboratory data, and diagnostic imaging information.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills while consulting with physicians and other health care personnel involved in the development of cardiopulmonary care strategies.
  • Establish an evidence-base for best practice through research and the critique and interpretation of professional scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical obligations and responsibilities of health care professionals and institutions.
  • Educate patients and the general public in matters of cardiopulmonary health and chronic disease management.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities as a member of the health care team.

The mentorship I received to individualize the pace of the program to meet my lifestyle was so helpful. Having the flexibility to adjust my schedule with the number of credits I took at one time, allowed me to maintain my work, school, and life balance. This program makes it possible to reach your educational goals while having a family and working full time.


Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

Chris Sperle, PhD, RRT
Director /Chair

Megan Schneider, MSB, RRT
Program Coordinator

Julie Nuss, Med, RRT

Gretchen Trebas, MSRT, RRT, NCTTS


For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

Students who apply to the RRT to BSRT program must have graduated from a CoARC accredited institution with an associate or an associate of applied science degree in Respiratory Therapy. Candidates that have passed the NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) examination must submit proof of a current unencumbered RRT license upon applying to the RRT to BSRT program. Candidates working on obtaining their RRT credential must provide proof that the RRT credential has been obtained prior to graduating from the RRT to BSRT program.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the undergraduate program:

  • A non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, with a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the respiratory therapy courses transferred to the University of Mary
  • Grade of “C” or higher in each of the courses that meet graduation requirements and official transcripts for transferred credits.
  • Documentation of successful completion of the NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) examination and current license
    *Candidates working on obtaining their RRT credential must provide proof that the RRT credential has been obtained prior to graduating from the RRT to BSRT program.
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from every college previously attended.
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office.
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to

Admissions and a free preliminary transfer credit review can be completed with unofficial transcripts from any previous colleges or universities you attended. Official, final transcripts must be submitted prior to enrolling in classes.

View the Program Goals and Standards for more information.

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. View the CoARC’s Outcomes Data.

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