Respiratory Therapy, BS, Degree Advancement Program

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, Degree Advancement Program (279012BS)

More on the Respiratory Therapy DAP major

The AAS to BSRT Degree Advancement Program (DAP) is designed for National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialed Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) currently holding an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care desiring to complete their Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree. Respiratory Therapy core program courses can be completed entirely in-person, online synchronous or asynchronous. Courses will be taught in person, live-streamed, and/or recorded to meet the demands of working RRTs.

Requirements for Admission

Admission is considered for AAS graduates with at least 60 credit hours from a Respiratory Care program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Students must also hold an active Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential in good standing from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Students must earn the last 30 credit hours from The University of Akron to be considered for graduation from the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program.

The following information has official approval of The Department of Allied Health and The College of Health and Human Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.



General Education Requirements *25
Core Respiratory Therapy Courses 16
Other Required Courses **19
Total Hours60

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to multiple requirements. 


The total credits in this area may fluctuate based on the total credits completed for the associate's degree. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor to determine how the total credit requirement will be met. 

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Core Respiratory Therapy Courses

RESP:315Advanced Pharmacology for Respiratory Therapy 13
RESP:413Respiratory Therapy in Alternate Settings 13
RESP:420Advanced Neonatal/Pediatrics for Respiratory Therapy 13
RESP:421Advanced Critical Care 13
RESP:430Problems in Respiratory Therapy 14
Total Hours16

Course must be completed with a C or better and may only be repeated one time

Other Required Courses 

ANAT:207Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
or BIOL:202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
ANAT:211Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab II1
or BIOL:203 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II
ANTH:251Human Diversity3
COMM:330Principles of Organizational Supervision3
NURS:446Professional Nursing Leadership - RN Only 13
PHIL:361Biomedical Ethics3
SOWK:244Death & Dying3
Total Hours19

Special permission granted by the School of Nursing

Recommended Sequence

NOTE: The credit total for the portion of the degree completed and The University of Akron may fluctuate based on the total amount of credits completed for the associate's degree. Coursework at The University of Akron may exceed the 50-51 credits listed on this guide.

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology II
or Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab II
or Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II
Introduction to Public Speaking
or Effective Oral Communication
English Composition II
or Technical Report Writing
Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic Requirement 3-4
Spring Semester
COMM:330 Principles of Organizational Supervision 3
RESP:315 Advanced Pharmacology for Respiratory Therapy 1 3
SOWK:244 Death & Dying 3
Arts Requirement 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ANTH:251 Human Diversity 3
PHIL:361 Biomedical Ethics 3
RESP:420 Advanced Neonatal/Pediatrics for Respiratory Therapy 1 3
RESP:421 Advanced Critical Care 1 3
Spring Semester
NURS:446 Professional Nursing Leadership - RN Only 2 3
RESP:430 Problems in Respiratory Therapy 1 4
RESP:413 Respiratory Therapy in Alternate Settings 1 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
 Total Hours50-51

Course must be completed with a C or better and may only be repeated one time


Special permission granted from the School of Nursing


Completing 1.) MATH:145 Algebra for Calculus or 2.)  MATH:152 Technical Mathematics II and MATH:153 Technical Mathematics III or 3.) STAT:250 Statistics for Everyday Life or STAT:260 Basic Statistics satisfies this requirement

The University of Akron may accept many General Education requirements as transfer credit(s) to satisfy the General Education Core. Students may be required to complete additional General Education Electives as recommended by the Student Success Center and the Respiratory Therapy Program Director to satisfy degree requirements.