Online Cardiopulmonary Bachelor's Degrees

An online cardiopulmonary bachelor's degree program will prepare you for work as an advanced respiratory therapist caring for the critically ill or in a supervisory role. Online programs in this field are usually degree-completion options for current respiratory therapists. Find out how online classes work, explore the course topics available and review the licensure and certification requirements for respiratory therapists. Schools offering Cardiovascular Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Types of Courses Will I Take in an Online Cardiopulmonary Bachelor's Degree Program?

Most online cardiopulmonary bachelor's degree programs are known as degree completion programs, meaning you must have already earned an associate's degree in cardiopulmonary science to be admitted into the program. In addition, most programs require you to be a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) with the National Board for Respiratory Care and employed at a respiratory care facility.

Your courses will build upon your existing skills in advanced critical care, critical thinking, research, problem-solving and leadership. Your curriculum will typically contain courses in topics such as the following:

  • Emergency care
  • Chemistry
  • Cardiopulmonary pharmacology
  • Cardiopulmonary pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Patient assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary science
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

Study FormatDegree completion program, post associate degree study
Common CoursesCardiopulmonary pathology, physiology, patient assessment
Online ProgramBachelor's degree online format, lab requirements, communication methods
Licensing RequirementsAccreditation boards, programs and examinations
Median Salary (2018)$60,280 (Respiratory Therapists)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)23% growth (Respiratory Therapists)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

How Will My Online Program Work?

Most online cardiopulmonary bachelor's degree programs will require you to complete hands-on assignments and a senior capstone project at a licensed respiratory care facility. Lab requirements for classes such as microbiology may be completed using simulation software. You will need a current computer with high-speed Internet access, since most programs deliver coursework over the Internet as a combination of real-time and asynchronous classes. Communication with faculty and peers is typically through e-mail, discussion boards and chat rooms.

Do I Need to be Licensed or Certified?

All states except Alaska and Hawaii require you to be licensed prior to practicing as a respiratory therapist. The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) offers a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) credential to graduates of entry-level or advanced accredited programs who pass a written exam. The NBRC also awards the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) certification to CRTs who have graduated from advanced programs and pass two examinations. Working in a supervisory role or in an intensive-care specialty will require you to obtain your RRT certification.

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