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Online Respiratory Therapy Completion Program

Marian University’s 100% online Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy completion program can help you complete your degree if you’ve already earned an Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited program. Get ready to build on your current knowledge and skill set to help increase your salary and move into management roles. You’ll be prepared to meet the changing needs of a growing/aging population in need of respiratory therapy services, and advance your own career, enabling you to do more for the people who need you most.


Important Program Features:

  • 100% online
  • MPath 7-Week Accelerated
  • Teacher and peer/student interaction
  • Requirements:
    AS degree in respiratory therapy from an accredited institution and license
  • Graduate in as little as 18 months
  • Applicants receive 43 transfer credits for associate-level respiratory courses
  • Wisconsin Tech College graduates receive additional transfer credits
  • Wisconsin respiratory therapists are eligible for a 20% tuition discount

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    The advanced skills you will learn in Marian’s BS in Respiratory Therapy program will prepare you to do even more – for your career and for your patients. You’ll explore topics like research methods, healthcare administration and management that will build your skill set with valuable tools for communication, research and leadership in healthcare.

    The 3-credit Allied Health Capstone offers students the opportunity to solve a professional problem using evidence-based solutions. This project is a synthesis of concepts.

    Why Earn a Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy?

    If you’ve already earned your Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy, Marian University’s BS in Respiratory Therapy can help build your skills, grow your career, and prepare you to become an in-demand professional in a growing segment of the healthcare industry.

    With a strong employment outlook and the advantages that come with advanced education, those who earn a Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy have advantages over professionals with an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree. The BLS projects 23% growth in the field through 2026, and median pay of more than $60,000/year. The benefits of earning your BS include increased salary, promotion, and a pathway to qualify for diverse roles in the healthcare field such as disease manager or case manager.

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    MPath Online Program Schedule: 7-Week Accelerated

    The online BS in Respiratory Therapy program is one of the Marian University MPath undergraduate programs offered in a 7-Week Accelerated format. With 100% online classes and 6 possible starts per year, the 7-Week Accelerated program provides a high-quality online degree with the flexibility that today’s adult learners are seeking. The flexible coursework design and ability to focus on fewer topics at once is custom made for working respiratory therapists who are ready to take their education and career to the next level.

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    BS in Respiratory Therapy completion students are ready to complete their degree in as few as 18 months. The 100% online courses combined with flexible schedules and a highly respected program allow you to pursue a top-of-the-line degree while you continue to work as a respiratory therapist. There is NO clinical component as students are required to have completed that at the associate level before beginning their BS.

    General Education Courses

    As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

    All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Argumentative and Research Writing
    • Introduction to Christian Theology
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning

    Core Courses

    Respiratory therapy completion students will take courses covering topics such as:

    • Healthcare administration
    • Management
    • Leadership in ethical organizations
    • Organizational behavior and communication
    • Online speaking and presentations

    For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.


    6 Credits Required


    This course presents the basic principles and methods of social science research. Students are introduced to techniques for critical analysis of the professional practice literature and how, as consumers, they can incorporate research findings into practice. Students also acquire knowledge and skills for applying research with their social work practice as well as in the area of program evaluation. Students conceptualize research questions, determine appropriate designs and methodologies, and incorporate qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Professional values and ethics, as well as sensitivity to human diversity, are subsumed within the conduct of research.

    Culmination of learning within Allied Health degree completion programs. Through a synthesis of concepts from prior coursework, a professional problem is identified and an effective, evidence-based solution is devised and analyzed.

    9 Credits From the Following

    Students are introduced to the use of concepts, theory, and approach as they relate to professional practice in the healthcare system. Students are also exposed to experience with the health care system from a customer perspective. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.


    A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.


    This course examines leadership in contemporary organizations. It addresses the leader’s role in accomplishing organizational objectives in a complex, changing, contemporary, global, team-based values-challenged environment. The course reviews approaches to leadership (Behavioral, Transformational, Situational, and Values based), and the impact of successful leadership on the organization. It examines processes involved in the leadership and development of heterogeneous and homogeneous work teams. Students will gain self-awareness of their personal leadership styles, interpersonal skills and values affecting their leadership through experiential exercises and self-assessment.

    A theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication and presentation skills within an online environment including techniques in controlling speech anxiety, how to structure and organize information to present to a variety of audiences in diverse mediums and physical and vocal delivery skills. Emphasis is on research, preparation, delivery and evaluation of informative and persuasive public speaking within a professional online context.

    This course develops intercultural communication competence through an exploration of cultures. Using a broad definition of culture which includes norms, values, beliefs, art, music and literature, students examine the world as a place of dynamic change and cultural interaction, increasing their need for intercultural sensitivity generally. Through both theory and personal experience, students examine how the various components of communication are affected by and interface with the intercultural experience. Service learning is a component of this course.

    (Also MGT 321)  The course provides a broad overview of the theoretical and conceptual issues relevant to organizational communication. The focus is on how communication operates in organizations, the impact of communication on organizational life and how communication can be made more efficient and effective in meeting personal as well as organizational goals.

    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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    The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is encouraging advanced education for professionals.  The AARC education position statement calls for 80% of RTs to either hold, or be working toward, a bachelor’s degree by the year 2020. Keep your career moving forward by completing your bachelor’s degree. 

    Marian University and Wisconsin Technical Colleges have an articulation agreement that allows graduates of an respiratory therapy associate degree program at a Wisconsin Technical College to transfer in up to 69 credits for their associate level core and clinical courses. A bachelor’s degree requires 120 credit hours, but the typical Wisconsin Technical College graduate needs about ONLY 51 CREDIT HOURS to complete this bachelor’s degree. Applicants from outside of Wisconsin will have their transcripts evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    Wisconsin respiratory therapists are eligible for a 20% tuition discount!