Respiratory Therapy Degree Completion Program

Two Start Dates Per Year

100% Online

Graduate in as little as 18 Months

RRTs and CRTs Accepted

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Quick Facts


Total Credits

Includes maximum transfer credits, general education and core courses.


Respiratory Care Core Courses

Study relevant respiratory care topics in our core curriculum.


Course Length

Complete your degree faster with 8-week classes.

Advance Your Respiratory Therapy Career with a Bachelor’s Degree

The challenges and opportunities in respiratory therapy must be met with the latest knowledge and therapeutic techniques, along with compassionate, patient care. Gain the skills to be a moral and competent healthcare leader with the Carlow University Respiratory Therapy Degree Completion Program.

The 100 percent online degree program is offered in an asynchronous format designed to provide flexibility as you excel in your current position. No fieldwork is required for the Carlow degree completion program.

If you’re a registered or certified respiratory therapist who has graduated from an accredited associate degree program, our online respiratory therapy completion program can help you pursue management and leadership positions in the field. Many schools only accept an RRT credential for admission, leaving out thousands of certified respiratory therapists who want to pursue leadership opportunities through a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy. At Carlow, we accept both RRT and CRT credentials awarded from accredited respiratory therapy programs.

Carlow’s curriculum provides the management skills needed for upward career mobility and results in a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy. Our responsive faculty guide students through the program, focusing on advanced respiratory care techniques and compassionate patient care. In as few as 18 months, you can graduate with a bachelor’s degree. You’ll be ready to deliver safe, high-quality patient care and prepared to take on advanced roles in the field.

Advance Your Respiratory Therapy Career


The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 18,400 new respiratory therapy jobs will be added to the field between 2021 and 2031.


The national average salary for a director of respiratory therapy is $118,901 in the United States, according to Glassdoor findings in January 2022.

Core Courses

CourseCredit Hours
Medical Ethics and Legal Principles in Respiratory Care3 Credit Hours
Enhanced Theories in Respiratory Care3 Credit Hours
Research and Evidence-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care3 Credit Hours
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Respiratory Care3 Credit Hours
Advanced Respiratory Care Pathophysiology3 Credit Hours
Advanced Respiratory Care Pharmacology3 Credit Hours
Education in Respiratory Care3 Credit Hours
Leadership and Management Issues in Respiratory Care3 Credit Hours
Respiratory Care Practice in Acute and Alternative Settings3 Credit Hours
Respiratory Care Project/Portfolio3 Credit Hours

Succeed with a Unique Online Experience


Carlow’s online programs offer the ultimate flexibility through courses that fit into your schedule, coursework that aligns with your passions and concentrations tailored to your interests.

Expert Faculty

Each instructor brings diverse experiences to the classroom to provide a more well-rounded, multi-perspective, ethical view of the world.


Our diverse community welcomes and empowers. We work to help you achieve success on your terms through a tight-knit community of accessible instructors and fellow students who support their peers.

Student Resources

Our helpful advisers work hard to help you navigate our transfer credit policies and financial aid. We also offer technology support and the Center for Academic Achievement, which offers academic coaches and other resources to enable your success.

About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow’s curricula and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice, along with ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership and service to the community. Rooted in its Catholic identity and embodying the heritage and values of the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow offers educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners. Transformational coursework and experiences at Carlow empower learners to excel in their chosen work as compassionate, responsible leaders in the creation of a just and merciful world.