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Respiratory Care, B.S.
To ensure the respiratory therapy workforce is prepared to meet the growing challenges and demands it will face in terms of protocol-driven care and disease management, the American Association for Respiratory Care has called for 80 percent of therapists to either hold or be working toward a bachelor's degree. The degree provides opportunity for professional career enhancement and offers the foundation for rapid advancement in administration, research, and critical care.
The program is designed for working respiratory therapists who would like to advance their education and careers. Minimum criteria for program acceptance:
- Associate degree in respiratory care from a CoARC accredited
institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Certified Respiratory
Therapist (CRT) who is RRT eligible
- Application for admission to GVSU
- Submission of official transcripts from all other colleges/universities attended
- Secondary application for BSRC program
- Personal statement of career goals and how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives
Students who are not currently respiratory therapists and are interested in pursuing a career in respiratory care are encouraged to contact a College of Health Professions Student Services academic advisor: gvsu.edu/chpss.
Why Study Respiratory Care at Grand Valley?
- For students also working as respiratory therapists, the program offers flexibility with both online and hybrid formats.
- Students can complete the 45 required credits in as few as one
- Located in the state-of-the-art Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in
close proximity to five hospitals, the Grand Rapids Medical
Education and Research Center, and many research, clinical, and
- Courses are taught by faculty members who meet the highest levels of professional standards, not graduate assistants.
- The College of Health Professions maintains a dedicated staff of academic advisors in its Student Services Office to meet the academic advising needs of its students.