Distance Learning Degree Completion Programs
Where are the Baccalaureate Programs?
There are about 55 BS programs throughout the US with some offering distance learning programs. In cooperation with NCARE and NCRCB, the NCSRC would like to make this information available to those wishing to advance there career.
Please see the list below regarding those programs that area available. We also respectfully ask that you submit any other programs that you might be aware of to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here are the links that will take you to the program information.
Empire State College-New York
The Center for Distance Learning of Empire State College, in partnership with the AARC, provides programs leading to five undergraduate degrees:
Empire State will only offer credits toward a degree for AARC members who hold a CRTT or RRT. Members with a CRTT credential will receive 24 introductory level credits, while RRTs will receive 45 introductory-level credits.
In addition to advanced standing for AARC members with credentials, Empire State College also provides:
To earn an associate degree, students must complete a degree program of 64 academic credits; a bachelor’s degree is 128 credits. All associate degree candidates must earn at least 24 credits through Empire State, while bachelor’s degree candidates must earn 32 credits through Empire.
Each course consists of carefully structured learning materials designed especially for adult independent study. All students work through the course materials under the guidance of a designated course tutor and each student is assigned a faculty member as an advisor.
If you’d like more information about this special program, contact: Assessment Office, Center for Distance Learning, Empire State College, State University of New York, Three Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866-4391, 800-847-3000 (ext.300).
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University, a fully accredited university with 16,000 students on its Flagstaff campus, is one of three state supported universities in Arizona. It has been offering distance learning courses and degrees for over 25 years and currently has over 4,000 students taking courses worldwide. The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Promotion is one of several distance learning degrees offered by the College of Health Professions. The BAS in Health Promotion is an entirely on-line degree program designed for working allied health professionals who have already earned their associates degree. The program concentrates on courses in health promotion, management, organization, ethics and policy issues.
The BAS degree program at NAU accepts 64 hours of transfer credit earned from an accredited community college. To complete the BAS degree, students must take an additional 56 hours for a total of 120 hours (required for graduation). At least 36 of the 56 hours must be upper division and at least 30 of those 56 hours must be taken from Northern Arizona University. All courses can be taken online and there is no need to be located in Flagstaff or in Arizona. For AARC members with a RRT or CRTT credential, up to 30 hours of college credit may be granted to those who do not possess an associates degree from an accredited community college.
For additional information and application procedures, please visit the website at www.nau.edu/hp/bas. Or contact The Health Promotion Department, NAU Box 15095, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, 928-523-6159, email@example.com.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
The Department of Respiratory Care in the College of Health Related Professions offers a non-traditional, Web-based program for individuals holding the RRT credential leading to a B.S. degree in Cardio-Respiratory Care. The program is designed to be flexible for the employed practitioner and includes collaborative opportunities to further both the student’s professional interests and employer objectives.
There are 34 SC of pre-requisite coursework, which may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university, and 32 SC of general education coursework that may be completed before, during, or after the professional program. The professional program is 18 SC and typically takes two (2) years to complete. These courses are available on-line and by independent study. Graduates earn 40 SC of ungraded credit upon completion of the program.
Students complete courses in Research Methods, Community Health and Education, and in both Advanced Adult and Pediatric/Perinatology Cardio-Respiratory Care. The courses emphasize analysis of current literature, scholarly discussion of health care trends, and exploration of issues that are likely to affect the future practice of respiratory care.
The Capstone Project is an opportunity for students to complete a project, in partnership with his/her employer if desired, to develop advanced skills and experience in an area of interest to the practitioner. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor, and depending upon the project, a local preceptor, to assist in the development and completion of the project. Prior to graduation, the project is disseminated at an appropriate state, regional, or national professional meeting.
For additional information and an application for admission contact: Department of Respiratory Care; 4301 W. Markham, Slot #704 (14B/NLR); Little Rock, AR 72205 or visit the Web site at www.uams.edu/chrp/resp.htm. To speak directly with a faculty member, phone (501) 257-2348 or e-mail BooneErnaL@uams.edu.
University of Missouri School of Health Professions
The Bachelor of Health Sciences in Respiratory Therapy degree completion program, which combines online course work and community-based clinical experience, is designed for the NBRC credentialed Registered Respiratory Therapist who wishes to advance professionally with the Bachelors degree. Students take core respiratory therapy course work via the Internet, which offers many of the same experiences as traditional classroom learning, including: research projects, service learning opportunities, discussion with other students and prompt faculty feedback. Students may complete the program with advanced clinical experiences in their own geographic areas through partnerships with local hospitals. The program of study will end with a capstone experience developed with each student’s individual interest and needs considered.
Individuals entering the degree completion program in Respiratory Therapy must have completed a CAAHEP accredited associate degree program. Potential students also must hold the National Board for Respiratory Care credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), or be RRT eligible. Students must have completed at least one year of professional work experience in critical care respiratory therapy. Advanced standing credit toward completed course work will be awarded.
The curriculum is designed to provide maximum knowledge and skills in the art and science of respiratory care, which includes:
A Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia requires a total of 120 credit hours, of which the 30 of the last 35 credit hours will be MU course credits. Students may transfer credits from previous coursework at any accredited college or university. The length of the program varies, depending on prerequisite courses completed prior to entry and the students choice of part-time or full-time enrollment. Prerequisites can be fulfilled in several ways, including through a local college or university or through the University of Missouri Center for Distance and Independent Study.
Thomas Edison State College-New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology
Additional Degree Requirements
Many AAS students with an RRT will need to take at least an additional 40-50 semester hours to complete this program:
Area of Study (45 s.h.)
I. Anatomy and Physiology (6 s.h.)
IX. Respiratory Therapy Techniques (9 s.h.)
X.Respiratory Care Electives (9 s.h.)
Note l: This list of courses is offered as a guide. The inclusion of similar courses must be reviewed with the Advisement Center. You should submit your program plan for review to ensure that course selection is appropriate for your degree program.
Weber State University
About The University
Founded in 1889 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Weber Stake Academy, the half-dozen brick buildings in central Ogden became a state junior college in 1933, when the Utah Legislature acquired it and put it under the governance of the State Board of Education. Following World War II, the main campus moved to its present 400-acre site on the slope of the Wasatch Mountains, overlooking Ogden and the Great Salt Lake.
In 1959 the Legislature authorized th upper-division courses, and Weber State College awarded its first baccalaureate degrees in 1964. In 1990, the Legislature acknowledged the institution’s role as Utah’s premier public undergraduate university by naming it Weber State University.
About Distance Learning
Bachelor of Science (BS) in respiratory therapy (RESTHY)