Program Overview

Students who have both an associate’s degree and a registered respiratory therapist credential are eligible to apply for Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science Career Ladder Program. This ladder program will allow students who have completed the core requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy to complete their degree quickly and mostly over the internet.  

Earning a Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy will make students eligible to earn an entry level Certified Respiratory Therapist certification from The National Board for Respiratory Care and be able to enter the registry credentialing system. Individuals who pass a registry exam prior to graduation will also be able to earn a Registered Respiratory Therapist certification. These accreditations, along with the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy will give graduates the necessary skills and education to achieve positions as Asthma Educators, Registered Pulmonary Function Technicians, Sleep Disorder Specialists and several Respiratory therapy programs.

To be admitted into this Career Ladder program, students must possess at least an associate's degree or earned certificate in respiratory therapy. The associates degree must have been completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Students will also have to submit a professional portfolio of their work in the respiratory therapy field. Once approved, students will complete a combination of online curriculum and 5 to 20 hours of clinical observation. The clinical observation requirement can be completed in any clinical, hospital, sleep lab or home medical setting. 33 credit hours must be completed in the mandatory respiratory classes offered by Armstrong. These courses are available completely online and will cover the multiple facets of advanced respiratory sciences.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program qualifies graduates for entry into the advanced practitioner credentialing system, leading to the highest professional credential available in the field of respiratory therapy.


    Students who have achieved the associate degree and the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential will be eligible to interview for the Career Ladder program. Candidates should have:

    • an earned certificate or associate degree in respiratory therapy
    • RRT credentials
    • completion of all baccalaureate core courses
    • a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5
    • have completed a professional portfolio
    • military respiratory therapists will receive special consideration


    5-20 hours of observation at an accredited hospital or sleep lab is required for graduation

    School Overview

    Armstrong Atlantic State University (Armstrong) was founded in 1935 in Savannah, Georgia as Armstrong Junior College. The objective of this institution was to enhance educational opportunities in the area. In 1959, it became part of the University System of Georgia and eventually, in 1964, the Board of Regents approved it to become Armstrong State College. In 1966, the college added professional and graduate programs and became Armstrong Atlantic State University. 

    Armstrong Atlantic State University is comprised of four colleges: College of Education, College of Health Professions, College of LIberal Arts, and College of Science and Technology. Armstrong Atlantic offers more than 100 academic programs, as well as pre-professional programs and certificate programs. Armstrong Online offers many degree and certificate programs to students as well, which are offered in the following formats: full online courses, partially online courses, and hybrid courses.


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