BSRT Program Earns Top Five Ranking

The UNC Charlotte online bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy is ranked fifth nationally in the 2019-2020 BestColleges rankings.  Full article

Program Overview

The overall goal of the UNC Charlotte BSRT Program is to provide graduates of first-professional degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for future professional practice expectations for respiratory therapists.

The Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree enhances your professional career in Respiratory Therapy with additional education in administration, research, and critical care. This program is a 2+2 program meaning that you are admitted to the University with an associate degree and complete the last two years of the bachelor degree online through this program.

The focus of the program is to:

  • Increase the depth and breadth of knowledge of the basic Associate degree education
  • Improve your ability to communicate in written and oral formats
  • Use software and web-based communications used in clinical administration
  • Develop an appreciation of how to access and evaluate clinical evidence entered care.

Student Learning Outcomes

The BSRT Program has 6 major Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) that are evaluated and reported to the Chairman of the Kinesiology Department and the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Concepts behind each Student Learning Objectives are introduced to course materials and assignments, develop further in subsequent course material and finally, assessed by a direct measure, which demonstrates the student's mastery of the competency. The introduction, development and assessment of a Student Learning Objective can span several courses and will be highlighted in the syllabi of those courses.

Performance by students (usually on assignments or exams) is the objective evidence, and we use the Graduate Exit Survey to assess subjective graduate opinion on how the program has performed. Student Learning Objectives have been designed to address the core objectives of the program and are as follows:

  1. Students will articulate various current professional and clinical roles and potential expanded roles related to the respiratory therapy profession including behavior, reviewing the history of respiratory therapy, monitoring the quality of respiratory care, and discussing the changes in technology and knowledge base.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge in critical care pathophysiology to interpret pertinent clinical information to make recommendations for appropriate therapeutic intervention.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective professional written and oral communication skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to access, interpret, and critically appraise relevant medical and other authoritative literature related to clinical practice, management, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession.
  5. Students will develop an original project or research proposal related to clinical practice, management, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession.
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to function as a member of an inter-professional team.  Students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex clinical situations while serving as a member of an inter-professional team taking into consideration the viewpoints of all members of the team with a focus on patient-centered care.