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The Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care is a complete program designed to prepare qualified respiratory therapists with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop professionalism and advance their careers in the areas of leadership, management, education, research, disease and sleep medicine, utilizing best practices in order to advance the practice of respiratory care.
The program’s goal is to provide graduates entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.
Accreditation: Kent State University is an affiliate of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For additional information visit www.kent.edu/aal/accreditation.
Admission to the Respiratory Care major is selective. Applicants must hold an active credential for certified respiratory therapist (CRT) or registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and an associate degree from a CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy/care program with a minimum 2.000 overall GPA.
Applicants who are actively enrolled and in good standing in the second year of a CoARC-accredited entry-level associate degree in respiratory therapy/care or are actively enrolled and in good standing in the third year of a CoARC-accredited bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy/care may be conditionally enrolled in the program.
English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Courses for the online BS in Respiratory Care prepare students to advance their careers into leadership roles in the field of respiratory care, or to transition into research and education. Topics include professional practice, leadership and management, educational instruction, research design, sleep medicine, chronic disease management, and patient care technologies. Students must also take required courses across psychology, information fluency and statistics, and they must complete a 3-credit practicum under the guidance of a registered respiratory therapy practitioner.
All undergraduate students must also complete courses that satisfy the Kent State university requirements in order to graduate.
|Ohio Residents||Out of State|
|Per Credit Hour||Per 3-Credit Course||Program Cost||Per Credit Hour||Per 3-Credit Course||Program Cost|
|$438.75 lower division
$438.30 upper division
$1,316.25 lower division
$1,314.90 upper division
|Approximate Cost: $21,500||$448.75 lower division
$448.30 upper division
$1,346.25 lower division
$1,344.90 upper division
|Approximate Cost: $22,000|
An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.
Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.
The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken. Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person. Program costs are subject to change without notice.
Attention Regional Campus Students: There is an additional $155.75 per credit hour instructional fee for lower division and $107.10 per credit hour for upper division fully online regional campus courses. This fee excludes online courses associated exclusively with the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Studies and Associate of Applied Business programs.
Additional out-of-state surcharge for students enrolled in an online program: All Undergraduate—All Campuses: $10/hr.