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Complete Your Respiratory Care Degree Online & In Just 2 Years

Accelerate your healthcare career as a respiratory therapist with the Bachelor of Health Sciences – Respiratory Care online degree program at Northern Arizona University. This degree program explores the theoretical, practical, and clinical studies of adult and pediatric respiratory care. Add to your current associate degree in Respiratory Care and advance your career entirely online through this bachelor’s degree completion program. Earn a bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care in as early as two years–without putting your career or life on hold.

Note: You must hold or be pursuing an associate degree in respiratory care to be admitted to this program. 

Progress In Your Career As A Respiratory Therapist

This online college degree in Health Sciences – Respiratory Care leads to eligibility for the Licensure exam as a Respiratory Care Practitioner before graduation. With a bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care degree, you can increase your salary potential as a respiratory therapist in Arizona to more than $52,000.

Employment as a respiratory therapist is available in these Arizona healthcare environments:

  • Hospital Facilities
  • Local Health Departments
  • Two-year Colleges

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Health Sciences - Respiratory Care

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Students may transfer up to 90 units of community college and/or university credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education

  • At least 30 units of major requirements at NAU

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan

Purpose Statement

The online B.S. Health Sciences Respiratory Care program provides an innovative "upside-down 2+2" curriculum that prepares students to advance their careers in health-related fields. These programs are specifically designed for students who have completed their associate’s degree in an allied health discipline from a regionally-accredited program and who have successfully obtained the related professional license.  Our programs provide students with foundational knowledge of health promotion, disease promotion concepts, and understanding of the interconnectedness of personal, family, organizational, community, and societal health.  Our students will use this knowledge to work collaboratively to provide comprehensive patient-centered care. While completing this degree, students will expand their critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills and enhance their ability to communicate effectively with others in order to provide excellent care for their patients.  We specialize in preparing students in enhancing their careers with an understanding of the importance of leadership and interprofessional teamwork among health professionals, as well as skills to sustain personal health and well-being.

Student Learning Outcomes

Program Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate foundational knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention concepts.

  • Identify and explain the determinates of optimal health and wellness in each of the six interrelated dimensions.
  • Identify risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment associated with specific diseases
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of human diseases.
  • Locate information concerning the identification and recognition of disease.
  • Explain key concepts of epidemiology.
  • Explain key concepts of epidemiologic data.
  • Define stress and major types of stress.
Program Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the interconnectedness of personal, family, organizational, community, and societal health.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of individuals in maintaining personal, family and community health.
  • Recognize evidence of informational knowledge of the effects of attitudes, emotions, and relationships in the mind-body-spirit aspect of health.
  • Explain how social and behavioral factors influence diseases and conditions.
Program Outcome 3: Graduates will demonstrate writing and communication skills required for effective health professionals.
  • Identify credible, evidence-based sources of health-related information
  • Critically analyze sources of health information related to disease topics.
  • Describe the current status of health service delivery, with a primary focus on the US system of health services delivery.
  • Compare the health care system of another country with the USA’s health care system.
  • Critically assess the USA’s current and future trends in health service organization and administration.
  • Demonstrate writing skills using professional language appropriate for the topic, purpose and audience using APA format.
  • Communicate health-related information effectively.
  • Demonstrate effective writing and communication skills essential to the health professions workplace.
Program Outcome 4: Graduates will demonstrate awareness of the importance of leadership and interprofessional teamwork among health professionals.
  • Apply principles of ethical and/or professional health practice appropriate to the discipline.
  • Analyze issues related to course topics in leadership skills and inter-professional teamwork identified during the observational experiences.
Program Outcome 5: Graduates will demonstrate awareness and skills to sustain personal health and well-being.
  • Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Complete a behavior change project utilizing effective and appropriate strategies.
  • Identify the stress-related consequences of personality and temperament.
  • Implement various stress management techniques and interventions.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • To be eligible for this academic plan, students must be admitted to, enrolled in, or be graduates from an associate's degree program at a regionally accredited community college or university in an allied health discipline corresponding with your certification/licensure:
    • Respiratory care
  • Additionally, a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA in your associate's degree is required for admission to this degree plan.

Major Requirements
  • Northern Arizona University will accept up to 90 units of transfer credit toward the completion of this degree.  

    Take the following 30 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    Health sciences courses (30 units)

  • In addition, complete the Respiratory Care requirements from a nationally accredited program at a regionally accredited community college or university. This block includes courses that meet the requirements for graduation and for national certification or licensure in the discipline.

  • Note: Prior to beginning the HS 460C capstone course, students must have completed their Associate's degree and hold a current certificate or licensure in Respiratory Care. The student is also required to have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible to enroll in HS 460C.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

  • Note: Prior to beginning the HS 460C capstone course, students must have completed their Associate's degree and hold a current certificate or licensure in Allied Health. The student is also required to have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible to enroll in HS 460C

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Department Information
Learn more about this program and the Department of Health Sciences.