Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program

A respiratory care practitioner works under the direction of a physician to evaluate and treat patients with respiratory conditions, including asthma, pneumonia, and heart problems. 

Joint Degree Option:

Traditional freshman and transfer students can earn their degree through our partners, Culver-Stockton College (CSC), and Quincy University (QU), Students work on pre-requisite courses the freshman year, and begin respiratory classes and clinical experience with Blessing-Rieman the sophomore year.

Direct Transfer Option:

Transfer students who have completed the required pre-requisite courses can enter directly into the sophomore year and earn their degree in 3-years.

Program Highlights

Learn more about what Respiratory Care Practitioners do from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) by visiting the Be An RT website.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Program Goals: The purpose of this program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
    The program is to prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and/or, advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).
  • Program Outcomes: 
    1. Demonstrate proficiency in establishing an evidence base for best practices through research.
    2. Demonstrate advanced skills in clinical practice relevant to his/her role as a bachelor prepared respiratory therapist.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the roles in respiratory education and management. 
    • 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  Programmatic Outcomes Data.
  • The Respiratory Care Program (200616) at Blessing-Rieman has consistently high board pass rates and has continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Read more about our Accreditation and Pass Rates.  


How to Apply

Our dedicated admissions counselors make it easy to apply to Blessing-Rieman. We are available to tell you more about our programs and answer any questions you may have. Find out more about admissions.

Take the first steps toward applying to our respiratory care practitioner program by submitting:

Joint Degree Option:

  1. An application at one of our partner colleges Culver-Stockton College or Quincy University
  2. Official transcripts to one of the partner colleges

Direct Transfer Option:

  1. An application to BRCN, either by visiting our Online Application or completing a written Undergraduate Application
  2. Official transcripts from any institutions where you have earned credit hours
  3. Proof of enrollment in any required pre-requisite courses not already completed

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